Cruise

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.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Wholesalers

“Bounce back and inspire”: Collette to host key players in Cairns

We’re headed to sunny Cairns this week to rub shoulders with travel’s big wigs at Collette’s annual big bash. See you there!

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

REVIEW: Hôtel La Pérouse offers a taste of classic French resort life

by Ali Coulton

Hôtel La Pérouse exemplifies Nice’s resort lifestyle offering privacy and quiet luxury on France’s Cote d’Azur.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Yas Island Abu Dhabi’s new tourism ad names Kevin Hart its chief island officer

Some of the staff at Travel Weekly are trying to become the chief island officer of Australia, but Scomo isn’t returning our emails.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

“Australia is a terrific market for cruising!”: Expedia’s Greg Schulze on how agents can maximise their business

We chatted with one of the big wigs at Expedia during its recent gathering in Vegas. Sadly, he declined our invite to join us for a game of blackjack, but that’s probably for the best.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Globetrotting tour operator arrested following drug drop death

The man also auditioned for Survivor in 2019 and featured in an Indonesian TV commercial – just in case the title wasn’t chaotic enough already.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel to make full recovery before end of 2024, says Virtuoso’s Fiona Dalton

Dalton hosted media at Crown Sydney this morning to celebrate Matthew Upchurch’s return to Aus. Our roving journalist managed to take down this story in between courses.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania celebrates the ‘Month of Lei’ with incredible new famil offer

by Sponsored by Hawai'i Tourism Oceania

This year, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania is celebrating ‘Month of Lei’ 2022 with a virtual trade event and the launch of a new famil incentive.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

PONANT announces new 2023 sailing expeditions in the Kimberley

This ship is so fancy that they put ‘le’ in front of the name just to show they’re not messing about.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

TravelManagers to party like its 2019 with first national conference since COVID

As TravelManager’s GM puts it, this coveted event is like a “slightly rowdy family reunion”, so get ready to explain to your distant aunt why you’re not married yet over mum’s inedible egg salad.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Atlas Obscura and LA Tourism launch official visitors guide

Navigate the streets of LA with this new interactive mobile app, instead of walking around with one of those giant maps from your hotel that make you an obvious mark for pickpockets.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“I have no idea how to fly”: Passenger saves the day after pilot collapses midflight

This situation is kind of like the film Flying High, except not quite as funny and with less confusion about people getting called “Shirley.”

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Etihad unveils new sustainable economy tableware, eliminating single-use plastic

Finally, an in-flight dining experience that doesn’t leave you guiltily fumbling a landfill’s worth of plastic wrappers for half the flight.

Share

CommentComments