For many, visiting Antarctica is the ultimate adventure, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, therefore, knowing what to expect from your Antarctica cruise is key to helping you get the most out of your trip.
Many ships of all sizes visit Antarctic waters each year. These ships range in size from 10 person expedition sailing yachts, expedition ships from 120 to 200 guests to traditional cruise ships with over 1000 guests. However it is important to know that if a ship has more than 500 guests onboard, the signers of the Antarctic Treaty and members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators do not let those guests go ashore. Instead, they have an "Antarctic experience", which means they sail around the islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, allowing guests to see the continent and wildlife from the decks.
Scenic Eclipse has been designed specifically for polar exploration, with an ice class rating of Polar Class 6, the highest class for any luxury vessel. With only 200 guests on board in Polar regions, Scenic Eclipse, has full access to the broadest range of landing sites in these regions.
You will have many exciting experiences on your voyage. Our goal is to give you the best Antarctic experience possible. There will be plenty of excitement and adventure with unparalleled wildlife experiences while visiting some of the most spectacular and pristine landscapes on Earth.
Our expert Discovery team have the knowledge and experience to take advantage of spontaneous opportunities or to adjust to changing ice and weather conditions to ensure the best possible trip. One of the advantages of our Discovery Yacht is the flexibility it gives us to maximise the time we spend with wildlife or making landings. Your time on Scenic Eclipse includes an average of two Zodiac excursions each day on the
Antarctic Peninsula*, a range of activities, lectures and opportunities designed to immerse you in the Antarctic way of life courtesy of our Discovery Leaders and the Discovery Team, plus the chance to go above, beyond and below with our two helicopters and submarine. We’ve even added an extra day in the peninsula region to ensure you get to experience even more of this incredible adventure.
Our ultra-luxury cruises to Antarctica take you to the pristine wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula, but for the chance to go further and travel beyond expectations, our incredible 19-day extended itinerary will take you to though the renowned Drake Passage and into South Georgia, the Falkland Islands. With a chance to see an abundance of wildlife including penguin colonies and whales, huge icebergs and dramatic scenery, visiting Antarctica with Scenic Eclipse, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.