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Scenic Eclipse II to make maiden voyage in Aussie waters

Scenic Eclipse’s long-awaited sister ship Scenic Eclipse II’s maiden season will take place in Australian waters, marking the debut of Scenic’s discovery voyages in the South Pacific.

The ship’s 2023/24 season includes 85 itineraries sailing to over 50 countries across all seven continents, making it Scenic’s largest-ever collection of ultra-luxury ocean voyages.

During its South Pacific debut, Scenic Eclipse II will visit Australia, Indonesia, Polynesia and the Pacific Islands as well as the new itineraries in the Caribbean, Canadian High Arctic and Scotland.

This is in addition to the full range of new itineraries in Antarctica, the Arctic, Mediterranean and Americas.

Beginning in Newcastle, where Scenic was founded 36 years ago, the 2024 Australia program features an exclusive Chairman’s Voyage: East Coast Islands & Reefs voyage departing on 22 April 2024.

Guests will be welcomed on this exclusive departure by the Scenic executive team, including chairman and founder Glen Moroney, and enjoy exclusive events and once-in-a-lifetime moments.

“Bringing Scenic Eclipse II home to Australian waters is a major moment for our guests, the Scenic team and will set the new benchmark for ultra-luxury cruising in the region,” Anthony Laver, Scenic’s general manager of sales and marketing said.

“Our journey designers have curated several unique experiences, from a luxury lunch on the iconic white sands of Whitehaven Beach, to our first heli-safaris and an exclusive Scenic Enrich program on Fraser Island.

“With Australians now wanting domestic 6-star immersive experiences, and the overwhelming response and demand for 2021 postponed Kimberley program, we’re confident these ultra-luxury voyages will provide great sales opportunities for our agent partners.”

Scenic Group CEO, Rob Voss, said this is a milestone moment for the brand and for all of those who have been working behind the scenes to bring it to fruition.

“Taking on board our invaluable guest feedback, we strive to offer the best, most desirable bucket-list experiences possible, and the new 2023/24 program demonstrates our sincere intent in this continued ambition,” Voss said.

“Antarctica is an incredible and timeless destination, and we are enormously proud to be one of the first luxury operators to return here this year.

“By early 2023, Scenic Eclipse II will join Scenic Eclipse in this region – doubling capacity for even more guests to enjoy the leading itineraries and luxury experiences that we provide.”

Scenic Eclipse II will be built from the same blueprint as Scenic Eclipse and is identical in her design and specification, with a wealth of world-class features, and state-of-the-art technology for unrivalled exploration.

Scenic Eclipse II features the new first-of-its-kind Triton 660/9 AVA submarine, with large ultra-clear acrylic spheres designed for optimum underwater viewing. Enhancements to the fleet include a newly designed ‘Deck 10’ on both yachts, featuring the Panorama Bar.

Scenic is currently offering savings of up to 20 per cent on 2023/24 voyages when booked and paid in full 12 months prior to departure.


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