The benchmark in ultra-luxury 6-star expedition cruising

It’s a “pinch me” moment, sitting in an outdoor jacuzzi sipping champagne. But it is the location that makes it a one-of-a-kind experience. The jacuzzi is on the deck of Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery YachtsTM – and we are cruising through the ice-hewn world of Antarctica. The sheer majesty of the scenery is mesmerising with icebergs glistening in shades of blue and green, and a backdrop of the icy landscape shining white as far as the eye can see. This is all-inclusive ultra-luxury 6-star expedition cruising – with all the trimmings. Perfect for our discerning clients.

Scenic’s ultra-luxurious Discovery Yachts, Scenic Eclipse and Scenic Eclipse II combine the sleek sophistication of a superyacht with industry-leading technology. Purpose built for polar regions, both include custom-built stabilisers that are 50 per cent larger than other ships, a strengthened hull (Polar Class 6), forward bow thrusters and an electronic propulsion system. Along with a custom-built submarine and two Airbus helicopters on each yacht, Scenic Eclipse continues to set the benchmark in ultra-luxury cruising.

Scenic Eclipse

The Discovery Yacht difference

We love that there is no roughing it on the Discovery Yachts, with 114 spacious suites across five decks ranging from 32sqm up to 195sqm. Each suite features a private veranda and floor-to-ceiling windows, a king-size Scenic Slumber Bed, pillow menu and luxury amenities including a Dyson hairdryer and Illy coffee machine.

At your service

The icing on the cake is a butler, who will ensure everything is taken care of - from bringing your morning coffee, taking your laundry, re-stocking your included mini-bar or delivering cocktails on your veranda. Another plus is that tipping is included in your fare.

Delicious dining

For a taste of true luxury, there are up to 10 world-class dining experiences, nine bars and lounges. You would need to be on board for almost two months to try every available dish. It’s a tempting challenge! You have to try the Night Market @ Koko’s with dishes from Asia, India and the Middle East, and Lumiere for contemporary French fare. After dinner, enjoy live music and 100+ whiskeys at the Scenic Lounge.

Ship shape

Allow pampering time at Senses Spa including the thermal lounges, men and women’s saunas, steam rooms and relaxation lounges. Or stay active by locking in time at the gym, doing yoga or stretching out at the Pilates studio.

Where in the world …

Spellbinding Antarctica

Picture massive ice shelves, thousands of penguins, towering volcanoes, dramatic icebergs, inquisitive whales and cavorting seals. Antarctica’s isolation and wildlife are awe-inspiring. Scenic offers itineraries from 13 to 20 days, visiting Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falkland Islands. The Antarctica discovery excursions are conducted by the experts in the Discovery Team including glaciologists, marine biologists, archaeologists and geologists who share their passion and knowledge of this magnificent region. And with only 200 guests, there are plenty of opportunities and time to lap up experiences like guided hikes, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and Zodiac excursions which are included in your cruise fare.

Truly unique experiences

We recommend summoning courage for the Polar Plunge – where you jump into the icy waters – tethered to a harness, of course! Then take it to the next level ... literally. For an extra cost, soar above some of the world’s most spectacular scenery on one of two Airbus H130-T2 helicopters, or discover the deep impact of diving 200m in a Scenic Neptune submarine.

Spoilt for choice

If icy destinations are too “polarising” we can recommend Scenic’s famous European and Asian river cruises as well as ocean cruises to at least 15 other destinations including Japan, South and Central America and the Mediterranean. Closer to home, you can even discover the wonders of the oldest civilisation on Earth in our own Kimberley Ranges. There’s a luxurious Scenic itinerary with your name on it.

An itinerary you’ll love

The 13-day Antarctica In-Depth itinerary from Buenos Aires (cruising from Ushuaia) to the awe-inspiring Antarctic Peninsula with untouched icescapes and diverse wildlife. Go kayaking among the icebergs, get up close to seals by Zodiac and observe penguin colonies.

— Our expert's opinion —

“I loved Scenic Eclipse – it’s elegant and practical with no detail overlooked. The Discovery Team were exceptional. A highlight is the recap of the day where they talk about our location, what we saw and experienced as well as a look to the next day. 

BEST FOR: Adventurous travellers with a curious spirit looking for unique experiences."