Exceptional Encounters: Scenic Unveils their New 2022/2023 Handcrafted Australian Land Journeys Brochure

8 September 2021 - Scenic has released its Endless Wonders of Australia 2022/2023 brochure, featuring four new land journeys in Tasmania, New South Wales, Cape York and the Eyre Peninsula. Spanning every state and territory, Scenic guests will enjoy unforgettable handcrafted experiences designed to give a true insight into the rich culture, diverse landscape and history of Australia.  

Delve deeper by exploring the remote beauty of Tasmania or an Outback journey through regional New South Wales. For guests wanting to extend their travels in South Australia, a 5-day Eyre Peninsula extension highlighting the Seafood Capital of Australia is unmissable. Or for those who prefer the road less travelled, after concluding a 14-Day Outback Queensland Adventure, journey to Cape York on an 8-Day extension, visiting Horn Island in the Torres Strait and step foot on the northern most point of Australia in Cape York.  

Liz Crowley, Scenic Journey Designer for Australia, New Zealand and Africa said: “I’m so excited that Scenic’s domestic journeys now covers all states of Australia. In particular, our new itineraries give guests the opportunity to explore some of Australia’s most remote areas, such as Flinders Island and Cape York. It’s been fabulous to discover some of the places we will visit on the New South Wales City and Outback journey. A highlight will be a behind the scenes tour of Parliament House in the ACT, Canberra. There is something for everyone in all destinations.” 

New for 2022 is the 16-day New South Wales: City & Outback handcrafted land journey. Travelling through the heart of regional and outback NSW following the impressive Silo Art trail through the towns of Tamworth, Dunedoo and Gunnedah. The itinerary also features visits to the Hunter Valley, then exploring eclectic outback Broken Hill, the unique other worldly landscape of Mungo National Park and a celebration of farm to table dining in Griffith. Book now to save $500*per couple with Scenic’s exclusive Earlybird offer. 

The 11-Day Tasmania Revealed land journey features a stay in Strahan, where you can cruise through the World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, or ride aboard a heritage steam train on the West Coast Railway. Enjoy visits to award-winning Tasmanian distilleries and wineries in the Tamar Valley. A highlight of the itinerary is the included Scenic Enrich flightseeing trip to Flinders Island, where guests will spend a day of leisure at this pristine location. From the skies, you can gaze over Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park on your return to Hobart. Departures commence in February 2022 with a $500* per couple Earlybird offer available. 

Scenic’s 2022/23 Endless Wonders of Australia brochure is available to order now online. Visit scenic.com.au for full details on Scenic’s Earlybird offers, to secure savings of up to $1,000* per couple for new bookings made before 31 October 2021.  

 

Images - Brochure Cover & Destinations:
Castle Rock Flinders Island
Broken Hill The Living Desert
The Water Diviner Silo Barraba
Tasmania West Coast Railway
Australia Endless Wonders 2022/2023 Brochure Cover
Gumtree Wines

Recent Guest Images - Outback Queensland Adventure:
Mitchell Retreat Longreach
Winton QLD 1
Winton QLD 2
Roma Orchard

Wambiana Estate


New 2022 & 2023 South East Asia River Cruising & Land Journeys Program

Featuring new 9-night Mekong River Cruise    

7 September 2021 – Scenic has unveiled an exclusive new 9-night river cruise on the Mekong River and a host of new Scenic Freechoice experiences, with the release of its new 2022 and 2023 South East Asia itineraries.  

Adam Burke, Scenic Journey Designer said “Scenic is the only operator on the Mekong offering this longer duration cruise. While the locations guests explore onshore are similar to the seven-night cruise, they will see a greater diversity of the riverside landscape as Scenic Spirit leisurely sails in the afternoon with more time to absorb the essence of Vietnam and Cambodia, and importantly, additional time to relax on board.”  

Operating the longest and most extensive cruising program in the region, Scenic offers departures earlier and later into the season and to more locations for greater flexibility. Its custom-built 5-star luxury ship, Scenic Spirit, provides the perfect sanctuary to relax after a day exploring the colour and life of the Mekong region.  

This itinerary provides unparalleled luxury, comfort and elegance for those cruising the mystical Mekong River, featuring the largest lead-in suites, a sleek vitality pool, steam sauna, open-air cinema and a staff-to-guest ratio of almost 1:1.  

Earlybird Offers of up to $1,000*pp are available now for departures in 2022 and 2023. Plus, bookings paid in full 12 months prior to departure will receive an additional Super Earlybird saving of $1,000#pp. There is also an Early Booking Discount of $300pp and a suite upgrade available. All Earlybird offers also include Scenic’s Deposit Protection Plan and Flexible Booking Policy, which enables guests to defer or cancel travel plans up to 60 days prior to departure*.  

15-day Treasures of the Meandering Mekong Cruise  
This meandering 9-night river cruise and 5-night land journey explores the flavours, traditions and culture of Vietnam and Cambodia. After exploring Ho Chi Minh City, explore the local industries in Cai Be, revel in Phnom Penh with a City Lights remork tour and visit to a private distillery Scenic Enrich experience and marvel at Angkor Wat, followed by a moving sunrise and champagne breakfast nearby. Enjoy a mystical Gala Dinner – with free flowing drinks and an enchanting performance from Apsara dancers at Prasat Kravan. Prices for the 15-day all-inclusive itinerary start from $8,075pp departing 20 July 2022 or 19 Jul 2023.   

20-day Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong  
This 9-night river cruise and 10-night land journey travels the same route, with added time to enjoy journey with their Tour Director to Vietnam’s north to explore Hanoi and Halong Bay. While in Hanoi, guests will participate in an authentic cooking class before exploring one of the world’s most ancient capitals. Spend two nights on Halong Bay on board the elegant Au Co for a Special 2-night stay through the picturesque waters of this World Heritage-listed icon. Explore Ho Chi Minh City by night with a Vespa foodie tour and attend a colourful Phare Circus performance in Siem Reap. Prices for the 20-day all-inclusive itinerary start from $10,735pp departing 9 May 2023.  

For more information and to view the e-Brochure, visit scenic.com.au call or visit your local Scenic Travel Advisor. 
* Third-party fees may apply  

 

About Scenic:  
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 35-year plus history to include award-winning river and ocean cruises and handcrafted land journeys that take guests to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has set the benchmark for truly all-inclusive, luxury five-star river cruises in Europe and South East Asia as well as luxury cruises on Russia’s Volga River on board Scenic Tsar and on Egypt’s Nile on board a private luxury charter. In 2019, Scenic introduced Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht™, a 228-guest ultra-luxury ship, and plans to deliver a second yacht, Scenic Eclipse II, in 2023. Scenic is part of Scenic Group, which includes Emerald Cruises, Mayflower Cruises & Tours and Evergreen Tours.  

Scenic can be found on Twitter at @ScenicLuxury, on Facebook as ScenicCruises and on Instagram as Scenic.luxurycruisestours.  

 

Images:
Scenic Spirit Deluxe Suite Guests
Scenic Spirit Staff - Butler
Asia River Cruising 2022/2023 Brochure Cover
Scenic Spirit Exterior 
Scenic Spirit Royal Panorama Suite Outdoor Terrace & Guests
Enrich Angkor Temple Dinner and Apsara Show Light Strobes - Cambodia
Scenic Spirit Pool & Bar

 


Scenic Eclipse elevates the ultra-luxury cruising experience with new world-class ship enhancements 

20 August 2021 - Reinforcing its commitment to constant innovation and setting the benchmark in ultra-luxury cruising, Scenic has today revealed details of its recent ship enhancements, including a new entertainment partnership on board 6-star, Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht™.

Over the past 12 months, Scenic has refined a number of its culinary experiences and venues, to continue setting the standard in ultra-luxury dining at sea. The Yacht Club has been significantly reimagined to create a casual and refreshing dining environment. The dining area has been extended and a new multi-purpose food island, has been installed to allow for a variety of relaxed dining experiences.  House-made gelato will be served from a new gelato cooler, whilst new large sofas will replace the traditional tables and chairs, to encourage an interactive social ambience. Guests can also relax in the stunning new, wicker swinging egg chairs, carefully positioned to provide sweeping views over the ocean.   

The new Night Market @ Kokos takes its inspiration from night markets and street food dishes from all around Asia, India and the Middle East. Sushi @ Koko’s has also been expanded to include window seating for more guests to enjoy the traditional, authentic Japanese cuisine, while gazing out at sea as they dine on world-class sushi.  

Corporate Chef, Tom Götter said “The new Panorama Bar on Deck 10 will be the ‘place to be’ on lazy sea days, sail ins and outs from beautiful locations and for spotting wildlife. I love the combination of the bar, vitality pools, deck chairs and cabanas.” Chef Tom’s culinary team of more than 38 chefs have also been developing exciting new menus and feature dishes for the new season, including new menu creations curated for the exclusive Chef’s Table dining experience. The cuisine features dishes inspired by the flavours of the world, designed to take guests on an exquisite gastronomic journey.  

Taking on board enjoyment to a new level, an exciting new partnership has been announced with Scenic and one of the world’s leading cruise entertainment companies, Belinda King Creative Productions. “We have created a collection of unique immersive experiences, designed exclusively for Scenic Eclipse,” said owner Belinda King. “Each performance has been developed with bespoke musical arrangements and magnificent projection backdrops for the Scenic Eclipse theatre. Showcasing our team’s abilities and individual skill sets, we will be performing a diverse range of styles, from musical theatre and opera, to more contemporary pop and modern jazz. We’ll also be introducing guest speakers, multi-instrumentalists and dancers.” 

An extensive new wellness menu and services will be available for guests at the exclusive 550m² Senses Spa, with the addition of a new manicure and pedicure area. The Senses Spa team has been hand-picked and trained by our new Head of Spa Operations, Raj Dhariwal. Scenic is proud to partner with ESPA, an internationally recognised spa provider, who have curated a broad menu of spa services including luxurious facials, massages and body treatments designed to cater to guest wellbeing and rejuvenation.   

Scenic Eclipse is also the only ultra-luxury cruise ship to offer a yoga and Pilates studio at PURE: Yoga & Pilates. Guests can be immersed in a world of blissful mindfulness, during the included classes, as well as one-to-one sessions+ with instructors for a personalised experience. New classes have been added in 2021 including a range of holistic therapy sessions – from Aerial Yoga, TRX, Mindfulness meditation and unique Tibetan sound bowl healing classes.  

Scenic has also released an air credit of up to $2,000pp in addition to Earlybird savings of up to 10% on the cruise fare. This limited time offer is available for select 2022/23 Scenic Eclipse Arctic, Japan, Russian Far East, Central America and Western Europe booked by 31 October 2021. 

For more information and to book, please visit www.sceniceclipse.com, call Scenic on 1300 412 622 or speak to your local Travel Advisor. 

 

New video and images of Scenic Eclipse’s new guest spaces available here: 
Videos:
Hero Video 

Images: 
Chef Tom Götter 
Yacht Club Interior Seating 
Yacht Club Interior 
Yacht Club Hanging Chairs 
Night Market @ Koko’s 
Deck 10 Cabanas 
Deck 10 Panorama Bar 
Scenic Bar - Whiskey 
Senses Spa Reception 
Senses Spa Vitality Pool 
Entertainment - Theatre 
Discovery Centre 
Observation Lounge & Library  



^ Helicopter and submarine excursions available for additional cost, subject to regulatory approval, availability, weight restrictions, medical approval and weather and ice conditions. Helicopters are unable to operate in South Georgia, Svalbard, Russian Arctic, Russian Far East. Submarines are unable to operate in US waters. +At additional cost. 


Luxury all-inclusive river cruising returns to Portugal’s Douro River 

3 August 2021 - Scenic recommenced its truly all-inclusive luxury cruises on the Duoro River in Portugal. To celebrate the return, they have released a new video of the sail away from Porto on 30 July and images of the first guest experiences on the inaugural 2021 itinerary. 
Scenic will operate a combination of eight and 11-day round-trip sailings from Porto on board its spacious and custom built Scenic Azure Space-Ship.  

The eight-day Delightful Douro river cruise takes in Regua, Vega de Terron, Pocinho and Pinhão. Highlights of the itinerary include a visit to the iconic Mateus Palace (which graces the label of its famous namesake Rosé), a canoeing excursion on the Pinhão River and a spectacular private evening concert within the wondrous surroundings of São Francisco Church. 

While the 11-day Unforgettable Douro river cruise has a gourmet focus, with guests enjoying a wine tasting at the fairytale Quinta da Aveleda, a renowned sparkling wine producer, in the famous Vino Verde region. Embark on a guided ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ tour and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products. A visit to the beloved local bakery will be a highlight during a guided tour of the remarkable village of Provesende before a wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada.  

Scenic is currently welcoming guests from the United States and United Kingdom with plans to resume river cruising in France’s Bordeaux on 29 August, the Rhine on 30 August and the Danube on 27 September 2021. 

Guests can cruise with complete confidence knowing that Scenic Group’s dedicated Health & Safety Steering Committee ensures all guests’ wellbeing and safety is taken care of to the highest standard. All guests must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure. The company is working closely with relevant bodies, including CLIA and the local government authorities, to ensure operations adhere to all necessary guidelines. 

For more information visit scenic.com.au. Scenic can be found on Twitter at @ScenicLuxury, on Facebook as ScenicCruises and on Instagram as Scenic.luxurycruisestours. 


Video: 

Scenic Azure Sail Away 

Images: 

Scenic Azure Captain Paulo Jesus and Emerald Radiance Captain Afonso Ribeiro say farewell to each other after ships are side by side after so many months 
Scenic Azure departing Porto pier July 2021 
Aveleda Port tasting  
Scenic Azure CD Filipe Nunes guiding guests at Ducal Palace Guimarães 

 

Scenic Eclipse to visit Saudi waters for the first time 

Ultra-Luxury Scenic Eclipse will sail this exciting destination with helicopter flightseeing and submarine opportunities, with series of set itineraries

08 July 2021 - It has been announced that Scenic Group will bring Scenic Eclipse to the Red Sea for the first time in 2021. Scenic Eclipse, Scenic Group’s first purpose-built ocean cruise ship and the World’s First Discovery Yacht, will sail Saudi waters from 17 July to 9 December 2021.

Selected sailings from October to December will be open to international guests to experience the rich Saudi heritage, stunning landscapes and warm and welcoming hospitality. 

Scenic Eclipse sets the standard in ultra-luxury cruising in terms of technology, size and design. Built to deliver an experience of a lifetime, Scenic Eclipse takes cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury, discovery and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable. From nature to cultural encounters, and historic cities to ancient monuments, Scenic Eclipse will offer sustainable Red Sea voyages sure to excite. 

Equipped with an on-board submarine, two helicopters, a fleet of Zodiacs and a Specialist Discovery Team, Scenic Eclipse offers the opportunity for unrivalled exploration.  Scenic Eclipse also provides guests a wealth of innovative and lavish proportions in our Verandah Suites, the most spacious of any ocean liner, as well as the entertainment and wellness areas, and up to 10 dining options to explore the on-board cuisine delights.

Glen Moroney, Founder and Chairman of Scenic Group commented: “Saudi Arabia will be one of the hottest tourist destinations in coming years and we’re very glad our guests will get to experience it in 6-star comfort on board Scenic Eclipse.

“As a business we continue to raise the bar in ultra-luxury cruising and we are confident that this new season will mark the start of a long relationship with the destination and hope to be able to offer more sailings in the region in the coming years.” 

The vessel will homeport in Jeddah Port on the Red Sea coast. It will offer tailor-made itineraries, as well as pre-planned itineraries. Destinations on offer include Yanbu, the diving capital of Saudi Arabia and a stunning beach destination that offers plentiful opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and water sports in the pristine Saudi Red Sea, as well as rich cultural experiences. Yanbu also features the Iona wreck, an amazingly preserved British merchant steamer sunk in 1915 which will be explored in spectacular fashion by diving, snorkelling or submarine. Internationally, Scenic Eclipse will also have the possibility of visiting Aqaba in Jordan and Port Ghalib Marina, just a short distance from Luxor in Egypt. 


Scenic Resumes Europe River Cruising


In Portugal, France and Germany 

2 July 2021 - Scenic has announced the return of European river cruises in 2021, with its truly all-inclusive luxury itineraries on the Rhine and Danube rivers, Portugal’s Douro and France’s Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne rivers in Bordeaux. Departures begin on Portugal’s Douro from 30 July, followed by France’s Bordeaux on 29 August, the Rhine on 30 August and the Danube on 27 September 2021. 

“We are so excited to be able to greet our guests again after such a challenging year,” states Rob Voss, COO, The Scenic Group. “Our teams in operations, sales and marketing have worked hard with our travel partners to bring about our European launch and we are seeing very positive responses from our guests, who have been looking forward to this news. We plan to continue adding more itineraries as Europe and many other countries like the USA, United Kingdom and Europe continue to re-open their borders to travel.”

There will be six Bordeaux cruise departures through October – the 11-day Beautiful Bordeaux and the eight-day Bordeaux Affair – that offer guests a wonderful immersion into all things French. The eight-day Gems of the Danube will have four departures in September and October. 

However, for Australian and New Zealand residents, whilst there has been progress made with vaccination programs over recent months, based on the current forecasted international travel restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to suspend Europe River Cruising departures through to 31 December 2021.


Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 35-year plus history to include award-winning river and ocean cruises and handcrafted land journeys that take guests to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. 

Since 2008, Scenic has set the benchmark for truly all-inclusive, luxury five-star river cruises in Europe and Southeast Asia as well as luxury cruises on Russia’s Volga River on board Scenic Tsar and on Egypt’s Nile on board a private luxury charter. 
 
In 2019, Scenic introduced Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht™, a 228-guest ultra-luxury ship, and plans to deliver a second yacht, Scenic Eclipse II, in 2023. Scenic is part of Scenic Group, which includes Emerald Cruises, Mayflower Cruises & Tours and Evergreen Tours.

Scenic can be found on Facebook as ScenicCruises and on Instagram as Scenic.luxurycruisestours. 
 

The Scenic Eclipse North and Central Americas Collection is Unveiled


Featuring four new Discovery Voyages and five new Land Journeys  

29 June 2021 - Scenic has released its new 2022/2023 North and Central America Voyages and Land Journeys program, unveiling new discovery experiences for guests travelling on board Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yachts™.

Scenic Eclipse offers an unrivalled exploration of the Americas in ultra-luxury, with the on board helicopters^ perfect for soaring above stunning tropical mountain vistas. While the submarine, Scenic Neptune^, will offer a front-row seat to incredible wildlife encounters in the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez, hailed the ‘the aquarium of the world’ by legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. These Discovery Voyages are truly all-inclusive, with up to 10 world-class dining experiences, premium-branded beverages+, an expert Discovery team, zodiacs, kayaks, stand-up paddle boarding shore excursions, butler service and expansive wellness facilities.

New Itineraries for 2022/2023: 

Baja and Costa Rica Discovery

New 14-day voyage from San Diego to San Jose departing 28 September 2022
Explore the world’s second-longest peninsula, Baja, which boasts a coastline that is majestic and wildly untamed. Uncover the rich cultural heritage of Oaxaca, spot an abundance of wildlife at Huatulco National Park and head to San Rafaelito Island for the opportunity to snorkel with a small colony of Californian sea lions. Guests can join a guided hike to the still-active Cerro Negro volcano, zip line through the Papagayo Canopy or ride horseback across some of Guanacaste’s most beautiful surroundings.


Central American Discovery

New 13-day voyage from Panama City to Los Angeles departing 4 April 2023
Sail from Panama along the colourful coastline of Central America into the storied waters of the Sea of Cortez. Explore the hiking trails of Cébaco Island and visit Isla Cerralvo, known as Jacques Cousteau Island, surrounded by an abundance of marine life. Witness a myriad of sea life, sea turtles and humpback whales while exploring the azure waters by kayak and Zodiac.


Baja California & Sea of Cortez

10-day voyage from Los Angeles to San Diego departing 24 April 2023
A great itinerary for those looking for an introduction to expedition cruising. Explore the Sea of Cortez by Zodiac, kayak, stand-up paddleboard or on guided walks through biological reserves. With an abundance of marine life, it’s the perfect destination to embark on a snorkelling excursion while enjoying the calm, placid ocean in search of whales passing by. Sail on a catamaran through the beautiful Chileno Bay or opt for a horse ride along the beach.


Costa Rica Nature and Wildlife

7-day land journey from Monteverde to San José departing 4 and 11 October 2022
Visit the enchanting cloud forests and lush green rainforests of Costa Rica, on this seven-day escorted land journey. Learn about the conservation of native flora and fauna at the NATUWA – Macaw and Rescue Centre, before taking the Sky Tram to the Continental Divide. Enjoy a guided journey through the Arenal Vida Campesina farm and get an up-close look at life in the Costa Rican countryside. Paddle along the Peñas Blancas River taking in the sights, sounds and tranquillity before making your way to the capital, San José.


Scenic has released savings of up to 20% with Super Earlybird Offers for its 2022/2023 North and Central America Discovery Voyages. With many of these itineraries feature only one departure date, so the availability for these offers will be limited. 

For information on Scenic’s health and safety policy, see www.scenicnz.com/assurance-oceans. To book, visit scenicnz.com, 0800 441 611, or speak to your Scenic Travel Advisor. 

 

Images:
Brochure cover
Zodiac in Illulissat Greenland  
Helicopter in Verde National Park El Salvador  
Peruvian Paso Horse show  
Baja California  
Sea of Cortez kayak   
Panorama Suite  
Owners Penthouse  
Yacht Club  
Lumiere  
Whiskey Bar  
Senses Spa  
Yoga and Pilates Studio  
Panorama Bar   
Observation Lounge  

 

^Helicopter and submarine excursions available for additional cost, subject to regulatory approval, availability, weight restrictions, medical approval and weather and ice conditions. Submarine unable to operate in US waters.

+All drinks on board are included except for a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, Champagnes and spirits.


The Scenic Eclipse 2022/2023 European and the Mediterranean Collection is Unveiled 


Featuring five new cruise voyages in Europe and the Mediterranean  New on board dining experiences, Cabanas and Panorama Bar  

9 June 2021 - Scenic has released its new 2022/2023 Scenic Eclipse Europe and the Mediterranean Voyages and Land Journeys brochure. Featuring five new voyages in Andalucía, the Greek islands and Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, including a selection of new Mediterranean connecting land journeys.   

The world-class design of Scenic Eclipse enables unrivalled access to the heart of Europe’s smaller ports, docking right in the heart of many destinations it visits. New dining experiences and relaxation areas on board Scenic Eclipse have also been revealed, perfect for the warmer days in the Mediterranean. Including new cabanas the Panorama Bar on Deck 10 and a reimagined Yacht Club. 

Learn from the up to four expert Discovery Team members, who will be a highlight of these Cruise Voyages, to provide incredible insights and to guide guests on their exploration of Europe’s hidden wonders. They will lead discovery experiences by Zodiac, Tiwal sail boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboards, in addition to the renowned Scenic Enrich and Scenic Freechoice excursions. The Discovery Team will take guests on guided nature walks, as well as snorkelling, wake boarding and water-skiing excursions in Europe’s warm waters. While the custom-designed six-seater submarine, Scenic Neptune^ will provide an unforgettable underwater explorations, including a journey to the wreck of Titanic’s sister ship, Britannic. Helicopter shore landings and golf excursions have also been added for next level exploration. 

New Europe and the Mediterranean ultra-luxury voyages: 

Authentic Andalucía

11-day voyage from Valletta to Lisbon departing 8 June 2022.  

Prices start from AU$13,270*per person, including Super Earlybird savings of AU$3,150* per person.  

Explore the Maltese archipelago to the Spanish coast and Lisbon, taking in Sardinia and Sicily en route. Kayak through Gozo’s crystal waters along towering cliffs, explore Menorca’s south coast by e-bike and relax on Formentera’s magnificent, unspoilt beaches. Scenic Eclipse will be at home in Puerto Banús – known for its luxurious cars, exclusive shops and impressive yachts. Guests will witness the authentic flamenco ballet production, Carmen, in a thrilling exclusive performance.  

Iconic Treasures of Italy and Greece

9-day voyage from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Athens (Piraeus), departing 15 May 2022.  

Prices start from AU$10,200 per person, including Super Earlybird savings of AU$2,390* per person.  

This voyage takes in forgotten islands and white-washed sands. Visit caves and spectacular cliffs in Sorrento, and hike among the volcanic Aeolian archipelago. Guests can then relax with a glass of local wine, while listening to the artistic synthesis of two incredible violinists, set to the background of an iconic Santorini sunset.  
 

Sorrentine Peninsula and Adriatic  

11-day voyage from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Venice, departing 01 & 11 May 2023.  

Prices start from AU$11,815* per person, including Super Earlybird savings of AU$2,760* per person. 

A journey from Rome to Venice, visits some of Italy’s hotspots including the luxurious isle of Capri, Sorrento’s Bay of Leranto, the unique volcanic island of Lipari, and the country’s easternmost town Otranto. Be awed by the stunning Bay of Kotor before sailing on to Dubrovnik where an enthralling private concert set in a magnificent Baroque Church awaits.  
 

Mediterranean Odyssey: Greece to Malta  

9-day voyage from Athens (Piraeus) to Valletta, departing 31 May 2022.  

Prices start from AU$9,810* per person, including Super Earlybird savings of AU$2,290* per person.  

A journey from Greece to Malta, discovering timeless islands with an aura of history, the unique island lifestyle and spectacular beauty which captures the hearts as you travel the paths less taken in ports and villages on Scenic Eclipse.  
 

New Luxury Land Journey:

Taste of Italy 

9-day land journey from Rome to Venice, departing 07 May 2022.  

Prices start from AU$7,595* per person or combine with any Scenic Eclipse cruise voyage and save 10 per cent per person.  


A perfect taste of Italy’s regional delicacies, this escorted land journey will visit Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Rapallo and Venice. Guests will enjoy a private dinner with wine pairing near the Pantheon, hosted by a culinary connoisseur, as well as a visit to a Tuscan farmhouse to learn about local wine and oil production techniques.  

To support travel advisors and encourage their guests to book with confidence, a range of policies have been included. New bookings will receive the Scenic Complimentary Deposit Protection Plan and Flexible Booking Policy, where guests can defer or cancel up to 60-days prior to departure*. Guests can also add a Risk-Free Platinum Protection Plan (PPP) for $595pp*.  By purchasing the PPP plan, guests are covered if they are unable to travel due to health reasons, or their travel plans are impacted by COVID-19, up to 31 days prior to departure with a 100% refund (less airline cancellation fees and PPP cost).  

By booking now, guests will also secure the latest Super Earlybird offers, with savings of up to 20% on the 2022/23 Europe and the Mediterranean Voyages.  

Scenic is also working closely with the relevant Government and regulatory authorities, to ensure that all health and safety protocols will be met or exceeded, based on the latest requirements to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the guests and crew. 

For full details on Scenic’s Super Earlybird and Book with Confidence Offers visit Scenic Eclipse 2022-23 Super Earlybirds - Scenic° 

The new 2022/2023 Europe and the Mediterranean Scenic Eclipse brochure is available now online and for orders by Travel Agents from TIFS. 

^ Helicopter and submarine excursions available for additional cost, subject to regulatory approval, availability, weight restrictions, medical approval and weather and ice conditions.  

 

Hero Video: 
Europe & The Mediterranean Video 

Images: 
Brochure Cover 
Butler Service for all guests 
Yacht Club interior  
Yacht Club exterior - dining 
Cabanas Deck 
Panorama Bar Deck 
Helicopter flightseeing in Sicily 


Scenic unveils its New 2022 Europe River Cruising program

Including an Enrichment Manager on all cruises, exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences and book with Confidence Inclusions 
2 June 2021 - Scenic has unveiled a range of new immersive Scenic Enrich Experiences with the release of its 2022 European River Cruises Collection. From exclusive after-hours access to Bordeaux’s Les Bassins de Lumières, to canapés and a guided tour of Motorworld in Cologne. These new experiences showcase why Scenic European cruising is more than just a five-star river cruise, it’s truly all-inclusive luxury in a class of its own.

New for 2022 is an on board Enrichment Manager for all Europe river cruises, responsible for hosting cabaret nights, cooking lessons, wine tastings, informative lectures and ensuring guests fully enjoy their experience. Some of the new experiences offered will also include an on board glass blower demonstration, painting classes for guests sailing the Rhône and a lecture from a tulip grower in the Netherlands. 

To encourage guests to book with confidence, a range of practical policies have been provided. New bookings receive Scenic's Complimentary Deposit Protection Plan and Flexible Booking Policy, where guests can defer or cancel up to 60-days prior to departure*. Guests can also add a Risk-Free Platinum Protection Plan (PPP) for $395pp*.  By purchasing this plan, they are covered if they are unable to travel due to health reasons, or their travel plans are impacted by COVID-19, up to 31 days prior to departure with a 100% refund (less airline cancellation fees and PPP cost). 

Guests will also secure the latest Super Earlybird offers when booking a Balcony Suite or above. With options to Fly Business Class from $3,995pp or save an extra $1,000pp on your cruise fare, plus the option of Economy Flights included, up to the value of $2,000pp.

Scenic is also working closely with the relevant regulatory authorities, to ensure that all health and safety protocols will be met or exceeded, based on the latest requirements to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the guests and crew.

New included exclusive experiences 
Exclusive access to Bordeaux’s immersive exhibition, Les Bassins de Lumières
Bordeaux’s cavernous former submarine base has been transformed into a vast centre of digital art. The largest of its kind in the world, the immersive exhibition features spectacular sensory light and sound displays. Scenic guests will enjoy exclusive after-hours access to enjoy the stunning displays without the crowds.
The exhibition visit is included on two of Scenic’s 2022 river cruises:
Beautiful Bordeaux: 11 days from $6,495*pp for Standard Suite (no balcony) or $8,595*pp for a Balcony Suite
Flavours of Bordeaux Culinary Cruise: 11 days from $7,825*pp for Standard Suite (no balcony) or $10,125*pp for a Balcony Suite

Motorworld, Cologne – exclusive event for Scenic guests
Experience the high-octane German motoring heritage and private collection of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher at Motorworld in Cologne. After a welcome drink with canapés, guests will enjoy an after-hours access guided tour of Motorworld. They can even put their pedal to the metal on one of the race simulators.
Jewels of Europe: 15 days from $6,495*pp for Standard Suite (no balcony) or $8,595*pp for a Balcony Suite

For full details on Scenic’s Earlybird and Book with Confidence Offers visit https://www.scenic.com.au/river-cruises/europe/2022

Scenic’s 2022 Hidden Wonders of Europe’s Rivers brochure is available to order now online.

Key Milestone Reached for the World’s Most Luxurious Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse II

17 May 2021 - The keel-laying ceremony for the newest ship in the Scenic Luxury Cruises fleet – Scenic Eclipse II – took place earlier this week, on Wednesday 12 May 2021, in the Maj 3 shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia.
 
As a sister ship to Scenic Eclipse, the Scenic Eclipse II is the second coveted Discovery Yacht from the Scenic Group in their ocean fleet. It is due to launch in the Mediterranean in quarter one of 2023.
 
Attended by Glen Moroney, Owner and Founder of Scenic Group, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, the Minister of Economy, Tomislav Ćorić, The Mayor of Rijeka, Vojko Obersnel and the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butkovic, the occasion marked the build of the first of five custom-built vessels to be delivered over the next six years in Croatia.
 
The new Discovery Yacht will continue to raise the benchmark within the ultra-luxury expedition cruising market, being able to navigate both polar and tropical regions. The Yacht will be 168 metres long and 21.5 meters wide and accommodate 228 guests in 6-star truly all-inclusive luxury. With an on-board staff-to-guest ratio of almost 1:1, there is an abundance of personal space to allow for social distancing if required.
 
Glen Moroney, owner of Scenic Group commented. “Two years ago, we launched the most luxurious and technologically advanced polar cruise vessel ever built. The great success achieved by Scenic Eclipse and our guests’ continuous praise reaffirmed our desire to launch a sister ship - Scenic Eclipse II. 
 
“We are all familiar with the challenges that currently face the cruising industry. At Scenic Group, we are proud to continue to invest in new ventures that demonstrate our unwavering belief in the future of the industry and indeed, Scenic’s leading position within that.
 
“The keel laying ceremony is symbolic for the start of full production and from here on we will proceed at speed for delivery.
 
“I would like to thank our partners at the Croatian shipyard as well as the Government of the Republic of Croatia for their ongoing support.”
Image Credit - Left to Right:
Oleg Butkovic, Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure
Vojko Obersnel, The Mayor of Rijeka
Glen Moroney, Owner and Founder, Scenic Group
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković
Edi Kucan, Shipyard Manager
Tomislav Ćorić, Minister of Economy

Scenic congratulates iconic travel program Getaway on its 30th Anniversary 

Celebrating Australia’s most enduring TV travel partnership and over a decade of creating travel memories together 

12 May 2021 – Getaway will mark its 30th anniversary on Channel 9 with a special celebratory episode at 5.30pm on Saturday 15 May.

Getaway has established itself as Australia’s premier and longest running travel show, airing on channel Nine for three continuous decades. Their success has been centered on showcasing wonderful holiday ideas and inspiration for all ages, catering to diverse tastes and interests, as well unique once in a lifetime, dream destinations.

Scenic’s involvement with Getaway has been one of Australia’s most enduring travel and media partnerships. Beginning in 2008, with a special episode featuring Catriona Rowntree being the Godmother for Scenic Sapphire, the very first European river cruise Space-Ship. Closely followed by adventurous productions in South America and Europe, the success of Scenic uncovering these wonderful destinations with Getaway, formed the basis of creating high quality travel experiences and the relationship then evolving into Scenic becoming Getaway’s Principal Partner in 2013.

Catriona Rowntree, Getaway presenter said “Let me be clear, I had my fingers and toes crossed that I’d hopefully make it to the end of my first Getaway contract, it was for six weeks...that was 25 years ago. So, to have such a bundle of memories, all these thrills and spills, oohs and aahs, over so many years, it genuinely brings me to tears how grateful I am for this path in life. Thank you Scenic, your staff, your vision, your courage and creativity. Turning dreams, so big we could never even have imagined for ourselves, into a reality.”

John Walsh, Getaway’s Executive Producer said "Scenic and Getaway have formed an unprecedented partnership powered by the synergy of two of Australia’s great travel brands. We are very proud of the relationship with Scenic, particularly as we both continue to work through this very testing period for the travel industry".

Since 2008, the Getaway and Scenic teams have produced over 100 episodes together, from more than 40 shoots on every continent. Anthony Laver Scenic Group General Manager, Sales & Marketing, Australasia commented “We are delighted to have partnered with this iconic travel program over the past decade. Our team is honoured to have shared so many special Getaway moments, places and new Scenic experiences with its viewers, our guests and valued travel advisors. Congratulations to all the team at Getaway and Nine for this extraordinary 30th Anniversary milestone.”

To join Getaway and Scenic in celebrating the 30th Anniversary, tune in to Channel 9 at 5.30pm on Saturday 15 May. Or visit Scenic.com.au/view to watch a selection of Scenic’s Getaway highlights.


Announcing the exclusive Scenic Eclipse 2021 Kimberley season 

Unrivalled exploration, ultra-luxury discovery cruising and new culinary innovations.
5 March – Scenic Group has today announced its exclusive 2021 Kimberley cruise season for its ultra-luxury Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht™. 
 
Scenic Eclipse will cruise in Australian waters for an exclusive and limited season. The new program features two 11-day Kimberley handcrafted Discovery Voyages itineraries, operating between Darwin and Broome, with departures from 19 June to 8 August 2021. 
 
Anthony Laver, Group General Manager Sales & Marketing Australasia said, “We are very proud to bring Scenic Eclipse to our waters for the first time, providing Australians with the opportunity to experience the world’s benchmark in 6-star ultra-luxury cruising.  Scenic Eclipse’s innovative and intimate yacht design provides a wealth of world-class facilities, choice of dining, relaxation and wellness, combined with the unrivalled exploration of The Kimberley region remarkable coastline. Whether it’s soaring above in our two Airbus HJ130-T2 helicopters or exploring by Zodiac with an expert Discovery Team, our guests will have the ultimate truly all-inclusive ‘ultra-luxury meets discovery’ experience.”
 
The exclusive Scenic Eclipse Kimberley Discovery Voyages will be available for only up to 228 guests (114 suites). The 6-star amenities include spacious all balcony suites (which start from 32sqm), up to 10 dining experiences, nine bars and lounges, the expansive 550sqm Senses Spa, a gym, Pilates and Yoga studio. Guests during the Australian season will be the first to enjoy Scenic Eclipse’s latest innovations, with the addition of new cabanas and a Panorama Bar on Deck 10, the reimagined Yacht Club, Asian fusion dining with the new Night Market @ Koko’s and culinary masterclasses at Epicure. 
 
As part of our commitment to ensuring the destinations we visit retain their wonder, Scenic has invested in state-of- the-art-technology and environmentally sustainable systems, to leave as small a footprint as possible.  This includes a GPS dynamic positioning system, which maintains Scenic Eclipse’s location without dropping anchor on the Kimberley’s sensitive sea beds. 
 
Scenic’s health and safety protocols will also be implemented to ensure the wellbeing of our guests and crew for these exclusive voyages. We remain committed to continuously developing the best practice safety standards that go beyond regulatory requirements, including Scenic Eclipse’s advanced HVAC system, which ensures 100% circulation of fresh air in each suite and all public areas.
We look forward to welcoming guests on board, for this truly once in a lifetime exploration of the Kimberley and ultra-luxury experience. 
 
Itineraries for the exclusive 2021 Kimberley season: 

Discover the Kimberley Coastline
: Departs 19 June, 9 and July 2021
11 Day Itinerary Darwin > Broome. Earlybird pricing from $15,475pp 
On this unforgettable Discovery Voyage, guests will marvel at landscapes of vivid contrasting colours, navigate gushing waterfalls on a Zodiac, travel past sunning saltwater crocodiles, spot endangered green sea turtles, walk among an incredible variety of native flora, and gain insights from the traditional owners of our ancient land. After a day of discovery, unwind in the ultra-luxury on board their Discovery Yacht, and enjoy truly all-inclusive indulgence. 

Uncovering the Kimberley Coastline
itinerary also operates Broome > Darwin and departs 29 June, 19 July and 8 August 2021. 
 
For more information on the 2021 Kimberley Exclusive Season, Earlybird offers and Cruise with Confidence inclusions, terms and conditions, please visit scenic.com.au.  
 
The advertised itinerary is subject to the grant of Australian and international regulatory approvals for operations within Australian territorial waters. For full terms and conditions visit scenic.com.au/aus

Scenic announces the new 35th Anniversary Outback Collection  

New itineraries for 2021 Australia Land Tours represents Scenic’s proud heritage.  
3 February 2021 – Scenic Luxury Tours and Cruises has released its 2021 new 35th Anniversary Outback Collection. 
 
These new itineraries represent Scenic’s proud heritage and commitment to continuous innovation over its 35 years in Australia. Featuring handpicked accommodation, local experiences and a selection of incredible landmarks, which will give our guests a true sense of the outback.  
 
Liz Crowley, Scenic Journey Designer – Australia, said, “It’s wonderful to be able celebrate Scenic’s 35th Anniversary with a new range of outback land journeys.  The Oceans to Outback itinerary has been designed to retrace Scenic’s origins on the Great Ocean Road, showcasing this special region to our guests. As well as revealing some of Australia’s best kept secrets, like the Flinders Ranges and Broken Hill. While our Scenic Enrich experiences will introduce our guests to some local characters at these remarkable locations. Like Wambiana Station in Queensland, where our guests will meet the Lyons family, who over five generations, have managed their vast property for over 100 years.” 
 
Highlights of the new 2021 collection include: 
 
Oceans to Outback: 16 days exploring three states and iconic Australian locations. Departures in May, August and September 
Melbourne to Melbourne, from $6,545pp, includes Earlybird Savings of $250pp
 
  • Scenic Enrich:
    • Tantalise your taste buds as your local epicurean guide introduces you to the magnificent tastes of Kangaroo Island
    • Learn about bio-dynamic farming at Gemtree Wines in McLaren Vale 
    • Venture to Wilpena Pound by 4WD and hear the indigenous stories from the Adnyamathanha people 
  • See the spectacular coast views along the Great Ocean Road
  • Witness the Blue Lake of Mt Gambier and the museum of Mary McKillop
  • Look in awe at the Living Desert Sculptures Museum in Broken Hill
  • Feel as if you've been transported to Mars at Mungo National Park 
  • Cross the Murray River at Mildura  
 
Outback Queensland Adventure 14 days celebrating the hidden gems, fossils and folklore of Queensland. Departure June to September. 
Brisbane to Cairns from $6,545pp, includes Earlybird Savings of $250pp
  
  • Scenic Enrich:
    • Hear stories of Roma’s history including a visit to the Rosedale Orchards 
    • Enjoy a day on the farm at Wambiana Station with the Lyons family in Charters Towers  
  • Scenic Freechoice: 
    • Hot air balloon over the Atherton Tablelands at sunrise or journey through magnificent rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway before returning by Skyrail. Alternatively, take a day trip to Cape Tribulation and experience the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, or enjoy a Great Barrier Reef day trip to the Outer Barrier Reef. Snorkel amidst the labyrinth of coral with an instructor and enjoy underwater observatory on a semi-submersible boat 
  • Enjoy a day on the farm at Wambiana Station with the Lyons family in Charters Towers 
  • Discover all the hidden secrets of Roma. Begin your day with a Welcome to Country from a member of the local Mandandanyi tribe. 
  • Visit the original home of Australian icons such as QANTAS and the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Learn about Australia’s dinosaur history and the story that inspired Waltzing Matilda at Winton
  • Be inspired at the Cosmos Centre in Charleville
  • Experience glamping during your stay at Mitchell Grass Retreat in Longreach
  • Spend the day in Mt Isa and visit an underground mine 
Central Australia and the Ghan: 14 days travelling directly through Australia's heart. Departures in September. 
Darwin to Adelaide from $8,995pp. This itinerary is in high demand, with Early Bird offers selling out  during our Pre-Release.
 
  • Scenic Enrich: 
    • Learn about bio-dynamic farming at Gemtree Wines in McLaren Vale  
    • Tantalise your taste buds as your local epicurean guide introduces you to the magnificent tastes of Kangaroo Island  
  • Cruise on Kakadu's Yellow Waters Billabong looking for birdlife and crocodiles 
  • Spend three nights on the Ghan Expedition in Gold Service, stopping in Katherine, Alice Springs and the underground town of Coober Pedy  
  • Watch for the dramatic change in landscape, as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the green fields of South Australia 
  • Explore the city sights of Adelaide  
 
Scenic’s expanded 2021/22 Endless Wonders of Australia land journeys program featuring the 35th Anniversary Outback Collection is available now. These provide more options and unique travel styles for those looking to travel closer to home in 2021. 
 
Visit scenic.com.au/tours/australia/2020 for full details on Scenic’s Australia Earlybirds program.  
 
 
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Scenic Group Welcomes Cruise Industry Expert Benny Weidacher as Vice President of Global Cruise Operations 

Scenic Group Welcomes Cruise Industry Expert Benny Weidacher as Vice President of Global Cruise Operations
12 January 2020

Benny Weidacher has joined Scenic Group as Vice President of Global Cruise Operations. Weidacher will oversee all operational aspects of the company’s hotel services, culinary programs, expedition teams and technical departments for the award-winning river and ocean cruising yacht fleet for Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Scenic Eclipse and Emerald Cruises brands. He will report directly to Rob Voss, Scenic Group’s Chief Operating Officer.
            
“Benny has a tremendous track record and reputation of success in the cruise industry and his  knowledge and experience in all components of cruise operations, including hotel operations, guest services, crew performance and managing revitalisation projects and new builds, will be invaluable to us as Scenic Group continues to grow,” said Rob Voss. “As Scenic’s guest-centric focus is always top of mind, Benny’s proven ability to develop unique and memorable experiences will bring even greater opportunities for us to check off the bucket lists of our guests, bringing them the WOW moments of travel that are talked about for years.” 


As a 25-year cruise industry veteran, Weidacher most recently served as Vice President, Ship Operations Marine and Hotel for Madrid-based Pullmantur Cruise Lines. Prior to that role, he was the Project Manager, New Build and Fleet Design for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and has also held a variety of leadership positions during his career, including Hotel Director for both Royal Caribbean Cruise lines and Celebrity. 

“I am delighted and honoured to join the Scenic Group family – one that shares my passion for the highest level of guest satisfaction while maintaining a daily focus on new health and safety protocols, maximising efficiencies and creating a work atmosphere that is professional, respectful and encourages new ideas,” said Weidacher. “With the 2019 launch of the Scenic Eclipse, the new builds of Scenic Eclipse II and Emerald Azzurra, and an Owner like Glen Moroney - who’s endless energy and passion for travel continues to set even higher standards in the ultra-luxury cruise market, I am excited to start a journey with a company that is at the forefront of the cruise industry and will always be a driving force.”
 
Scenic Group has grown over its 35-year history to include award-winning, river and ocean cruises and handcrafted land journeys that take guests to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations covering all 7-continents. Since 2008, Scenic has offered truly all-inclusive luxury river cruises in Europe, SE Asia and Russia on its 15 Scenic Space-Ships and Egypt on a luxury charter. In 2019, Scenic introduced the 228 guest Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht™. Sister brand Emerald Cruises, parent of Emerald Waterways and the newly formed Emerald Yacht Cruises, has nine branded Star-Ships offering river sailings in Europe and on the Mekong, as well as the chartered river ship along the Volga River in Russia (MS Nizhny Novgorod). In January 2022, the Emerald Azzurra will be the first yacht to launch under the Emerald Yacht Cruises brand - a 100-guest super yacht that will sail the warm waters of the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Red seas. 

Scenic announces the new Scenic Eclipse 2022/23 Worldwide Voyages Collection

Enhanced Antarctica program and new voyages to Northeast Passage, Japan and Sea of Cortez.
7 December 2020

Ultra-luxury cruise operator Scenic Group has today released its new 2022/23 Scenic Eclipse Worldwide Discovery Voyages Collection. With an extensive program now covering six continents, Scenic Eclipse will visit 35 countries across 48 voyages.


Lisa Bolton
, Scenic General Manager of Product said, “The world-class design of Scenic Eclipse allows us to explore further and provide our guests with highly personalised experiences. Our new program sets the benchmark again, with voyages taking guests beyond the Antarctic Circle and to Japan, the Russian Arctic, Northeast Passage and the Sea of Cortez.

“We’ve expanded our discovery program with a range of new helicopter excursions and curated a Discovery Team who are leaders in their field to guide our guests. Scenic Neptune will also dive in the waters of South Georgia – the first ultra-luxury cruise submarine to be able to operate in this extraordinary destination”.
 
Guests can now plan and secure our exceptional Super Earlybird savings, of up to 20% on selected Scenic Eclipse 2022/23 departures. A Flexible Booking Policy allows guests to defer their travel plans up to 60 days prior to departure and a complimentary Deposit Protection Plan has also been included. Scenic’s new Platinum Protection Plan (PPP) can be added for $595pp and covers Scenic Eclipse guests, if they are unable to travel due to health reasons, or their travel plans are impacted by COVID-19, up until 31 days prior to departure with a 100% refund (less airline cancellation fees and PPP cost).
 
Highlights of the new 2022/23 collection include:
  • Beyond the Antarctic Circle: Delve even further into Antarctica with this new itinerary. Enter the pristine frozen landscapes made up of never-ending icefields, towering rock faces, glistening blue icebergs and an incredible amount of unperturbed wildlife. Visiting just after the summer solstice, guests will enjoy plenty of daylight for discovery expeditions. The 16-day truly all-inclusive voyage starts from $24,965 per person, departing Buenos Aires on 20 December 2022.
  • Fire & Ocean: Russia’s Kamchatka & The Kurils: Venture along one of the world’s most active tectonic plate boundaries, known as ‘The Pacific Ring of Fire’. Home to at least a hundred volcanoes, the Kuril Islands rise from the deep and have developed into a chain of unique and dramatic landscapes, with fertile soil and stunning wildlife. Discover the history of the indigenous Ainu people, and learn the intricacies of the dispute between Russia and Japan over these remote islands, with prices starting from $21,035 per person for 13-days departing 9 June and 13 July 2023.
  • Cross the Legendary Northeast Passage: Journey where very few have ventured before, as Scenic Eclipse navigates the remote regions and unique wonders of one of the greatest seaways in the world, the Northeast Passage. Sailing from Nome in the United States to Tromsø in Norway, journey through sea ice, glaciers and ancient ceremonial sites along mountain-lined landscapes and volcanic spires. Highlights include the rarely visited Novaya Zemlya, the third largest wilderness area in Europe, and the world’s northernmost archipelago, Franz Josef Land. Prices for the 26-day truly all-inclusive voyage starts from $42,945 per person departing 6 August 2023.
  • Japan: A Journey Through Time: Explore glitzy futuristic cities and ancient well-preserved cultures in ultra-luxury on Scenic Eclipse’s first-ever sailings to the land of the rising sun. Head to the west coast and discover the country’s colourful past, mesmerising traditions, cultures and vibrant scenery on a journey through regions. The 12-day truly all-inclusive itinerary sails from Otaru to Kobe (Osaka), including a visit to Aomori to witness one of the largest and best-preserved archaeological dig sites. Prices start from $19,725 per person departing 21 June 2023. 

Scenic announces Virtual Travel Showcase: Supporting clients and agents to plan ahead for 2022

Scenic is showcasing its diverse range of truly all-inclusive luxury river and ocean cruises and handcrafted land journeys, with a program of informative virtual showcase presentations, available for both agents and their clients. 
28 October 2020

The online series will be held over five weeks, commencing Thursday 5 November. The live presentations will provide insights into Scenic’s extensive range of itineraries and truly all-inclusive experiences across its entire portfolio. The presentation sessions will showcase luxury river cruising in Europe, France, Portugal, Russia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Clients can also RVSP to learn more about the ultra-luxury Scenic Eclipse ocean voyages and escorted land journeys in Australia. 
 
The informative virtual presentations will be hosted by the Scenic sales team to share their personal experiences, travel tips and are designed to provide travel advisors and their clients the insights and knowledge, to plan a 2022 international or 2021 Australia holiday experience.
 
For more information, dates and times visit www.scenic.com.au/rsvp.   

Scenic unveils the new 2021 Canada & Alaska Handcrafted Land Journeys Brochure Collection 

Scenic has unveiled its 2021 Natural Wonders of Canada & Alaska brochure collection. Featuring new Book with Confidence offers to provide clients and agents with peace of mind to start planning their future travels now.
11 October 2020

Working with our valued agent partners, their clients can now plan and book their 2021 Scenic Canada & Alaska land journey or cruise with confidence, by benefiting from an enhanced range of included offers available until 31 January 2021, or until sold out; 
  • Flexible Booking Policy for new bookings enables clients to defer their travel plans by transferring to an alternate departure date or itinerary, up to 60 days prior to their tour commencing with no Scenic fees  
  • Complimentary Deposit Protection Plan valued at $125 per person has been included  
  • Reduced deposit payment amounts with deposits from only $500 per person 
  • Earlybird savings of up to $2,000^ per couple for journeys of 20 days or longer and with savings of up to $1,500 per couple for 14 to19 day journeys 

Anthony Laver, Group General Manager Sales & Marketing, Australasia, said: “Scenic has specifically aligned our 2021 Canada & Alaska program with the needs of our agent partners and their clients. We have developed a strong Book with Confidence program, with a focus on smaller group luxury touring of up to 36 guests.” 
 
This year marks Scenic’s 20th anniversary of creating unforgettable, handcrafted journeys to Canada and Alaska for guests. Our committed to create the best experiences is supported by a local office based in Vancouver, Canadian Tour Directors, local guides and coach drivers to ensure the highest standards in delivery of the programs. Scenic continues to work with long term and iconic partners, such as the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Rocky Mountaineer, to deliver the best luxury experience possible for its guests.  
 
In addition to the stunning Alaska cruising program, in 2021 Scenic is offering two iconic Lodge stays as extensions to its popular Rockies itineraries. Clients looking for an immersive wilderness experience can choose the Icons of Western Canada & Knight Inlet. Knight Inlet is a floating wilderness lodge where clients can experience the ultimate in grizzly bear viewing by boat tour or kayak and learn about bear tracking and other amazing facts from an expert naturalist.  
 
Alternatively, the Icons of Western Canada & Lodge Beach Resort itinerary is perfect clients looking for a relaxed coastal retreat after the Rockies. A short seaplane flight from Vancouver takes clients to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Clients will enjoy a relaxed beach stay surrounded by magnificent groves of old-growth Cedar and Sitka Spruce line quiet rainforest trails. 
 
The 2021 Canada marketing toolkit, with dedicated flyers for popular itineraries, matching Facebook tile and destination videos is available now on the Scenic Agent Hub, along with the 2021 eBrochure. Visit www.scenic.com.au for full details on Scenic’s Earlybirds program.  
 



Credorax Partners with Scenic Group to Offer End-to-End Gateway Services and Acquiring Services to Booking Agents 

Smart payments provider will facilitate global payments and acquiring services for world-renowned luxury cruise and tour operator.  
16 September, 2020

Today, leading smart payments provider and fintech bank, Credorax, and luxury cruise and tour merchant Scenic Group, announced a partnership that will enable Scenic Group to accept and process payments from travel agencies around the world. Through this partnership, Credorax will provide its full suite of services to Scenic Group, allowing travel agents a seamless booking and payments process.  
 
As a smart payments provider, Credorax helps merchants accept payments easily with its Source™ payments gateway. The platform offers telecom-grade (99.999%) availability for processing payments as well as a host of payments products and services designed to maximize business growth and optimise operational processes. Credorax’s services will enable Scenic Group to accept and process payments in over 120 currencies, and have access to a wide range of alternative payment methods, Credorax’s ‘Insights’ platform for BI, reporting and reconciliation, along with customized Hosted Payment Pages services supporting Visa and MasterCard card types to make sure they never deny a valid payment.  
 
“We have always been driven by the desire to help our customers run their businesses as easily and smoothly as possible, and we are excited to extend our services to such a prestigious luxury cruise and tour merchant as Scenic Group,” said Igal Rotem, CEO at Credorax. “During these difficult times, it’s an honor for us to support the travel industry and we’re confident that our next-gen processing and payment transaction systems will be extremely beneficial to Scenic Group as the travel industry gradually emerges from this crisis.” 
 
In this time of unprecedented global uncertainty and increased digital transactions, streamlined payments have become more vital than ever across industries. But the perceived risk associated with the travel industry has left it without sufficient access to quality smart payments services. Agile fintechs such as Credorax are stepping in to help the travel industry meet travelers’ needs and providing superior services to ensure solid industry players remain relevant and competitive.   
 
“We strive to provide the highest levels of convenience and comfort to our customers – both agents and travellers alike – and that means making every step as seamless and enjoyable as possible, well before the trip itself begins,” said Anna Wolfsteiner, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Scenic Group. “We are thrilled to strengthen our payments infrastructure as the travel industry reopens and are confident that Credorax is the ideal partner to help us offer a best-in-class payments offering that’s just as leisurely as our cruises and tours.” 
 
About Credorax 
 
Credorax is a smart payments provider and fully licensed bank providing cross-border processing for eCommerce and omni-channel payments. Our gateway technology, SourceTM, has been developed in-house to provide a streamlined payments experience so smart and secure, that merchants can reach their full business potential simply by better managing their payments. Credorax merchants can accept more than a hundred cards and local payment methods and get paid in their currency of choice. Our merchants also enjoy best-in-class approval rate optimization, advanced anti-fraud protection, business intelligence and a host of other value-added services and products adding up to a payments experience unlike any other. To learn more, contact us at grow@credorax.com or visit www.credorax.com.  
 
About Scenic Group 
 
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 34-year history to include award-winning, truly all-inclusive river cruises and handcrafted land journeys that take guests to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has offered river cruises in Europe, South East Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Cruises has seven Star-Ships offering Europe river cruises with an eighth launched last year for South East Asia’s Mekong River. In 2019 Scenic launched the World’s First Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse. 

Australia 2021/2022 Brochure Launch

Scenic unveils the new 2021/22 Australia Handcrafted Land Journeys Brochure Collection 

8 September 2020

Scenic has unveiled its 2021/22 Endless Wonders of Australia brochure collection. Featuring two new regional brochures and 12 small group itineraries spanning the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Norfolk Island. These brochures provide travel agents and their clients with a comprehensive guide to plan their holiday closer to home next year.  
 
Proudly Australian founded, next year will mark Scenic’s 35-year anniversary of creating unforgettable, handcrafted journeys for their guests. With the 2021/2022 program being curated by the Scenic’s highly experienced local expert, Liz Crowley, Scenic Journey Designer Australia, New Zealand and Africa. 
 
Liz Crowley said: “What I love about Scenic’s Australian land journeys are that many of our partners are small family run businesses, that we have been supporting for many years. They welcome our guests like long lost friends. We’ve reduced our group sizes to 24 in 2021/22 and we have also been able to expand our programs to support the local industry, in particular with destinations like Kangaroo Island, which were affected by the bushfires. It’s also been great to see such strong demand for our domestic program, with Earlybird offers and selected itineraries including the Kimberley region, likely to sell out.” 
 
A new addition for 2021 is the 13-day Mystical Kimberley itinerary. A memorable highlight for guests will be a flight directly into Purnululu National Park for an overnight stay in the heart of the Bungle Bungles among the 300 million-year-old striped domes. This itinerary also features visits to Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and the famed Gibb River Road with an overnight stay at Emma Gorge Resort in El Questro Wilderness Park. 
 
The 8-day Gems of South Australia features a new Scenic Enrich experience at the biodynamic Gemtree Wines. These winemakers sustainably and organically grow and farm their grapes. The biodynamic methods entwine the health of the soil, vines and resident fauna and flora, resulting in exceptional fruit quality and wines of high purity. Guests will be taken through an interactive experience at the Biodynamic hut, where they will learn all about biodynamic viticulture then enjoy a tasting of locally sourced snacks. 
 
The 9-day South Western Mosaic has been refreshed to include a stay at the new Westin Perth and a visit to Rottnest Island. A trip through the Jarrahdale State Forest to Kojonup is also included, where guests can explore the indigenous cultural centre of Kodja Place and walk through the beautiful Rose Maze. A walk among the giants of the ancient Karri and Jarrah forests, the vineyards of Margaret River and a visit to the most south-westerly tip of the country at Cape Leeuwin are included in this itinerary for travellers who love to explore the great outdoors of Western Australia. 
 
Scenic’s 2021/22 Endless Wonders of Australia brochures are available now online and for orders by Travel Agents from TIFS from early October. 
 
Visit www.scenic.com.au for full details on Scenic’s Earlybirds program, which offers savings of up to $1,000 per couple for new bookings made before 31 January 2021.  


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Scenic Gem awarded Best River Cruise Ship 2020

Scenic Gem Awarded Best River Ship for 2020 in Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards

July 2020

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ Scenic Gem has been awarded Best River Ship for 2020 in Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards. Launched in 2014, Scenic Gem set a new benchmark being custom built to sail all the way to the port commune of Honfleur and the tidal stretch of river that reaches Rouen. The Scenic Gem special design and cutting-edge technologies, have enabled this Space-Ship to be the first passenger river ship to be certified to navigate this distance along the Seine and is still one of only a handful able to do so.
 
The award is based entirely on Cruise Critic’s customer reviews and rankings from 2019 sailings. This is the second Cruise Critic award Scenic Group has been proud to receive this year, including the prestigious Best New Ship for Scenic Eclipse, the World’s first Luxury Discovery Yacht™.
 
Scenic Gem carries 126 guests in truly all-inclusive luxury between Paris and Honfleur, stopping in a variety of ports such as Rouen, Vernon and Les Andelys. Normandy is always a highlight for guests, both for its historic sites relating to Joan of Arc and its medieval villages, as well as being the setting for major battles in WWI and WWII. Rich in visual treasures, the cruise showcases palaces, cathedrals, Monet’s former residence and gardens, the English Channel’s Alabaster Coast, and an array of scenic French countryside vistas. Guests enjoy an exclusive Scenic Enrich classical concert performed by the region’s top musicians in Vernon’s Château de La Roche-Guyon, overlooking the river and the small village bearing the same name.
 
Scenic has recently released its 2021 Hidden Wonders of France's Rivers brochure with special bonus France Earlybird Offers for clients who book by 28 August 2020. Clients can choose to fly Business Class for $3,995pp to their river cruise of 11 days or more. Or they will receive a complimentary pre-cruise overnight stay at Hilton Opera Paris* and a city tour in a classic Citroën 2CV car with their Economy Flights included up to a value of $1,900pp. 
 
In addition, agents can take advantage of Scenic’s Book with Confidence program providing greater flexibility and peace of mind, to help their clients book their 2021 Scenic river cruise. The Included Deposit Protection Plan valued at $125pp, enables clients to change their travel dates or itinerary up to 90 days before departure. Deposit payment amounts have also been reduced and are now from only $500pp.
 

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Scenic Eclipse Godmother Dame Helen Mirren, Scenic Group Chairman Glen Moroney and Karen Moroney

The Scenic Group’s MKM Yachts officially welcomed to the Maj 3 Shipyard in Croatia

8 July 2020

The Scenic Group’s newly formed shipbuilding company, MKM Yachts, was granted a sub concession of the Maj 3 Shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia, at an official signing ceremony on 2 July 2020. The ceremony was attended by the Croatian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Sea, Oleg Butkovic and Sasa Cokljat, Managing Director MKM Yachts.
 
The newly formed business MKM Yachts is wholly owned by the Scenic Group and will be the contractor for Scenic’s new-build projects in Croatia. The construction of Scenic Eclipse II is already underway and Scenic Group recently confirmed construction of a further four custom-built vessels over the next six years, all of which will continue the signature 6-star ultra-luxury standard.
Glen Moroney, Chairman of the Scenic Group commented, “This is a very exciting development for the Scenic Group to build on the experience gained with the construction of Scenic Eclipse I, utilising the team we built that delivered her in difficult circumstances. Plans are well advanced for future projects and we look forward to sharing these at the appropriate time.”
 
The ceremony marks a significant milestone for the Australian-founded business and demonstrates its confidence in the ultra-luxury yacht market. The business continues to secure its position as a leader in the global industry and as experts in small-ship cruising experiences.


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Oleg Butkovic Croatian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Sea, Sasa Cokljat, Managing Director MKM Yachts, and Eddie Kucan, General Manager Maj 3 Shipyard.

Scenic Europe River Cruise

Scenic unveils the new 2021 European River Cruise Brochure Collection and Book with Confidence program

23 June 2020

Scenic has unveiled its 2021 Hidden Wonders of Europe’s Rivers brochure collection and the new Book with Confidence program. This provides guests with greater flexibility and peace of mind, to help them plan and book their 2021 Scenic river cruise.

Working with our valued agent partners, their clients can now plan and book their 2021 Scenic river cruise with confidence, by benefiting from an exciting range of included offers available until 30 September 2020 or until sold out;

Flights Included on Rhine, Maine and Danube, France or Russia river cruises of 11 days or more (up to a value of $1,900pp) or Fly Business Class from $4,195 per person.
Included Deposit Protection Plan valued at $125pp, which enables clients to change their travel dates or itinerary up to 90 days before departure 
Reduced deposit payment amounts with deposits from only $500pp (excludes Russia).

Anthony Laver, Group General Manager Sales & Marketing, Australasia, said: “Scenic Group has specifically aligned our 2021 European river cruise program with the needs of our agent partners and their clients. We have developed a strong book with confidence program, with a focus on the trend for more intimate smaller ship experiences which we specialise in with Scenic Eclipse and our Scenic Space-Ships”. 

“Scenic is working closely with IG River Cruise, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), local and international Government Health agencies, to ensure our protocols meet and exceed the latest regulatory requirements. Whilst also ensuring our guest experience stays at the heart of everything we do, as we all navigate the challenges posed by the global pandemic.” Laver said.

New for 2021 are two culinary itineraries, highlighting French gastronomic delights with the Tastes of Southern France on the Rhône and the Flavours of Bordeaux on the Garonne. These itineraries include an on board dinner prepared by Michelin star chef Didier Goiffon and a cooking class at three-star Michelin chef Georges Blanc’s restaurant. 

Guests can also learn the family secrets of regional recipes with Scenic’s new ‘Ancestry of the Kitchen’ program. The program includes a series of authentic cooking classes held in the homes of locals including Dutch Apple Pie baking in Hoorn, Bulgarian Banica in Vidin and a traditional Portuguese bread-making experience.

For full details on Scenic’s Earlybird and Book with Confidence Offers visit www.scenic.com.au

Scenic’s 2021 Hidden Wonders of Europe’s Rivers brochure is available now online and for orders by Travel Agents from TIFS.


Croatian Prime Minister

Croatian Prime Minister visits Scenic Eclipse as construction continues on the new Scenic Eclipse II ultra-luxury Discovery Yacht

June 2020

Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, visited Scenic Eclipse on 24 May to celebrate the commitment made by Scenic Group, to build five new custom vessels in the Rijeka shipyard in Croatia.  

Scenic Group Chairman and founder, Glen Moroney, greeted the Prime Minister via video call from Switzerland. Then Prime Minister Plenkovic met with Sasa Coklijat, Director of Scenic Group’s subsidiary MKM Yachts and Scenic Eclipse Captain James Griffiths, for a private tour of the 228 guest Discovery Yacht. The shipyard visit follows the commencement of steel cutting and construction of Scenic Eclipse II, the second Discovery Yacht in Scenic Group’s ocean fleet. 

Scenic Group’s wholly owned subsidiary, MKM Yachts, recently completed an agreement with the Croatian Government for a dedicated and separate section of the existing Maj 3 Shipyard in Rijeka. The ocean ship builds will commence with the construction of Scenic Eclipse II, with a further four custom-built vessels to follow over the next six years. All vessels will be of the highest ultra-luxury standards. 


Scenic Eclipse I & II – The World’s First Discovery Yachts™ 

Inspired by the sleek contours of a sailing yacht and custom-built with an unwavering commitment to safety and excellence in design, Scenic Eclipse combines a wealth of world-class facilities with the opportunity for unrivalled exploration. Scenic Eclipse has the highest Polar Class 6 rating and uses custom-built stabilisers that are 50% larger than those of other ships to provide greater stability as it navigates the water. The GPS dynamic positioning allows the ship to maintain location without dropping anchor onto sensitive water beds and the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems, plus the highly efficient engines will reduce emissions, noise and vibrations, for minimal disturbances to the marine life environment.

A voyage of discovery with Scenic Eclipse is truly all-inclusive luxury without exception. With a maximum of 228 guests (200 in polar regions) every aspect of the guests comfort and peace of mind has been considered. Features include spacious all verandah suites from 32sqm up to the 195sqm Owners Suite, 10 dining experiences, butler service for all guests, two on-board helicopters and a submarine, a comprehensive choice of shore excursions, exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences, Scenic Discovery excursions, Discovery Specialists and guides, full use of the Senses Spa and gym, and much more. 

Visit www.sceniceclipse.com for more information. 


Scenic Eclipse II Steel Cutting

Scenic Group Looks to the Future as Construction Begins on Eclipse II

May 2020

Construction has begun on Scenic Eclipse II, the second Discovery Yacht from the Scenic Group in their ocean fleet, at the Rijeka shipyard in Croatia. The steel cutting of Scenic Eclipse II marks the first build of five new custom-built vessels planned for the next six years across the group. 
 
A newly developed company, MKM Yachts, wholly owned by the Scenic Group, will now take full responsibility for all new ocean ship builds in their fleet starting with the construction of Scenic Eclipse II.
 
The new 228-guest (200 in Polar regions) Scenic Eclipse II will feature two six-guest helicopters, one six-guest submarine, 10 dining options, indoor and outdoor plunge pools and a 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.
 
The move demonstrates the confidence the Australian-owned business has in the luxury yacht market in a post COVID-19 world. 
 
Glen Moroney, owner and Chairman, the Scenic Group commented:
 
“This heralds an exciting moment for the Scenic Group as we continue to develop our luxury ocean ships under both Scenic and Emerald Cruises brands.The entire team is excited to see the project underway and look forward to welcoming guests on board this magnificent Discovery Yacht.”
 
Once complete, Scenic Eclipse II will be the sister ship to Scenic Eclipse, following a successful first season sailing through destinations including the Arctic, Antarctica, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Launched in August 2019 with a christening held in New York City on 10 September 2019 with Dame Helen Mirren chosen to be the ship’s Godmother. The Discovery Yacht has since been named “Best New Ship” by Cruise Critic and as one of the best in the world on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2020 Hot List for cruise ships.
 
MKM Yachts confirmed an agreement with the Croatian Government to commence shipbuilding operations in a dedicated separate section of the existing Maj 3 Shipyard in Rijeka. “This outcome has been the result of a massive effort by our entire Croatian team, and in particular, our new Managing Director of MKM Yachts, Sasa Čokljat,” said Moroney. 
 
“The Croatian Government has committed to supporting the redevelopment of the shipyard and assist in the funding of our new building program, which will comprise five custom built vessels over the next six years. All vessels will be of the highest 6-star standard with the ability to navigate the polar regions.” 
 
MKM Yachts will take over a portion of Rijeka's shipyard and use existing infrastructure and knowledge of Croatian shipbuilders, working in collaboration with Scenic's expert team.

Scenic Eclipse II Steel Cutting Announcement
Scenic Eclipse II Steel Cutting

Scenic Eclipse I & II – The World’s First Discovery Yachts™ 

Inspired by the sleek contours of a sailing yacht and custom-built with an unwavering commitment to safety and excellence in design, Scenic Eclipse combines a wealth of world-class facilities with the opportunity for unrivalled exploration. Scenic Eclipse has the highest Polar Class 6 rating and uses custom-built stabilisers, which are 50% larger than those of other ships to provide greater stability as it navigates the water. GPS dynamic positioning allows the ship to maintain location without dropping anchor onto sensitive waterbeds and the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems and highly efficient engines reduce emissions, noise and vibrations for minimal disturbances to the surrounding marine life. 
 
A voyage with Scenic Eclipse is truly all-inclusive luxury without exception. Every single aspect of its guests comfort and peace of mind has been considered. With spacious all verandah suites from 32sqm, up to 10 dining experiences, butler service for all guests, two on-board helicopters and a submarine, a comprehensive choice of shore excursions, exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences, Scenic Discovery excursions, Discovery Specialists and guides, full use of the Senses Spa and gym, and much more. 
 
2021-23 Scenic Eclipse Earlybird offers are currently available. 
Scenic Eclipse I and II
Scenic Eclipse - Hoy, Orkney Islands, Scotland

Arctic

Scenic Eclipse releases new 2020/2021 brochures for the Arctic, Mediterranean and Europe

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has released the 2020/21 Scenic Eclipse Arctic & Fjords plus the Europe & Mediterranean voyages and land journeys brochures. These beautifully presented brochures detail unrivalled ocean voyages of discovery and wonder, combined with handcrafted land itineraries showcasing Scenic’s commitment to truly all-inclusive ultra-luxury cruising.
 
Arctic and Fjords
Experience the majestic fjords of Norway, the Arctic Islands of Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland to the epic Northwest Passage. A cruise to the Arctic is a rare opportunity to escape into the immensity of this vast wilderness. Discover the true north, from immense glaciers and fjords, cascading waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, and unique wildlife to remote towns and picturesque fishing villages.
 
Highlights:
  • 12 Arctic departures visiting some of the world’s most remote and untouched destinations including UNESCO World-heritage listed sites.
  • Two brand new itineraries:
  • “Wild Alaska and British Columbia”
  • Explore the nature’s most mesmerising glacial valleys, cedar-filled forests, breathtaking fjords of Alaska  - this will be the first time Scenic Eclipse visits the Aleutian Island and Inside Passage
  • “A Viking Voyage: The Arctic to America” 
  • The Arctic to America is an epic journey following the traces of the Vikings thousands of years ago
  • Once-in-a-lifetime moments such as experiencing the midnight sun or spotting Polar bears in Svalbard 
  • Discover majestic fjords including Sognefjord and Trollfjord, and cruise past the Arctic circle by North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe. 
  • From the knowledgeable Discovery team to our experienced activity guides, historians, geologist, ornithologists, marine biologists, and naturalists, guests on board Scenic Eclipse will be able to learn about the history and culture in a unique way.
 
Europe and The Mediterranean
Enjoy the romance and rich history of Spain and Portugal, the bright beauty of Croatia and the exotic delights of Turkey. Sail through the crystalline waters of the Greek Islands and the rare gems of Morocco, where these journeys of discovery reveal Europe from a whole new perspective.
 
Highlights
  • 10 new European departures from beautiful ports such as Venice, visiting some hidden gems of the Mediterranean including Korcula Island, Paros Island, Kea Island and Canakkale
  • Brand new itinerary –“Aegean Adventure”
  • Bozcaada island - the third largest island of Turkey, famous for its windmills and vineyards, impressive historic monuments and beaches with crystal clear water
  • Canakkale  - a base for visiting the nearby battlefields of Gallipoli and the ancient ruins of Troy.
  • Amorgos Island - one of the most impressive Aegean islands, boasting marvellous beaches with azure waters, gorgeous caves, ideal spots for diving, scenic bays and ancient footpaths leading through its steep rocky terrain
  • Paros Island and Kea Island – home to fertile valleys and rolling hills with olive groves, vineyards and off the beaten track beaches.
  • Unique to Scenic Eclipse, overnight in stunning Seville docking right in the heart of the city

The New Benchmark in Ultra-Luxury Cruising
A voyage with Scenic Eclipse is truly all-inclusive luxury without exception. Every single aspect of your comfort and peace of mind has been considered including airport transfers, tipping and gratuities both on board and onshore, all-inclusive dining and beverages, a comprehensive choice of shore excursions, exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences, Scenic Discovery excursions, Discovery Specialists and guides, butler service for all guests, full use of the Senses Spa and gym, and much more. 
 
Inspired by the sleek contours of a sailing yacht and custom-built with an unwavering commitment to safety and excellence in design, Scenic Eclipse combines a wealth of world-class facilities with the opportunity for unrivalled exploration. 
 
To mark the release of the new brochure, Scenic is offering a range of special Earlybird offers. To secure your choice of Scenic Eclipse Cruise and suite preference, book now to receive these special offers:
  • Receive 10% saving off Cruise and Suite upgrade when combined with a land tour
  • Early Payment Discounts also apply if you book and pay in full by 31 March 2020 to secure these additional discounts.
  • Cruises of 10 days and longer - $700pp discount
  • Cruises less than 10 days - $450pp discount 

Book now to secure the best offers on Scenic Eclipse 2020/22 voyages. Strictly limited space available on some departures.

Australia Earlybirds

Scenic’s Earlybird offers for Australia 2020/2021 ending soon

Thursday, 5 March 2020
 
There are only three weeks remaining to take advantage of the fantastic Earlybird offers on Scenic’s 2020/21 Australia program, which ends 30 March 2020. Support our regional destinations with these great domestic offers.
  • Flights included on the 23 Day Treasures of the West Coast – a saving of up to $1,365* per couple
  • Companion Flights Included when booking the 13 Day Top End and Kimberley Spectacular, 13 Day South Western Tapestry or 21 Day Territory Explorer and The Kimberley – a saving of up to $930* per couple
  • Earlybird savings of up to $1000* per couple for bookings on land journeys of 8 days or more
 
 
Key Itineraries include:
  • 23 Day Treasures of the West Coast, Darwin to Perth, starting from $11,995pp with flights included. New for 2020 is a visit to the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum, billed as Carnarvon’s Number One tourist attraction.
  • 13 Day Top End and Kimberley Spectacular, Darwin to Broome, starting from $7,345pp with companion flights included. Includes a dinner cruise under the stars on the stunning Katherine Gorge.
  • NEW for 2020 24 Day West Coast Discovery, Perth to Broome from  $18,295pp including a Broome to Darwin cruise on board Coral Adventurer and two nights in Kalbarri with a visit to the new Kalbarri Sky Walk.
 
Highlights:
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences including meeting a traditional owner under the remarkable Boab prison tree at Derby, a dinner cruise on the stunning Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge under a canopy of stars, a visit to Lake Ballard and the largest outdoor art installation in Australia, or the incredible “Field of Light” installation at Uluru.
  • Handpicked hotels and lodges in beautiful locations such as Emma Gorge Resort in El Questro Western Australia, Freycinet Lodge in Tasmania, or Ikara Safari Camp in the Bungle Bungles, WA.

Scenic Getaway Showcase

Discover the Scenic Difference at the Getaway Travel Showcase

Thursday, 13 February 2020
 
Scenic is showcasing its diverse range of truly all-inclusive luxury river and ocean cruises, plus hand crafted escorted journeys with a program of informative consumer Getaway Travel Showcase sessions.
 
To be held around Australia in key metro and regional centres in March to May, the Getaway Travel Showcase will provide insights into Scenic’s extensive range of products, itineraries, enriching experiences and all-inclusive offerings across its entire portfolio. This will include luxury river cruising in Europe, France, Portugal, Russia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Learn more about the ultra-luxury Scenic Eclipse ocean voyages and escorted journeys in Canada, Africa, Egypt and Jordan – all featured for the discerning traveller.  
 
Held in partnership with local travel agents, Scenic’s team of experts will be presenting exciting travel destinations, special offers and will be available to answer questions.  
 
“Anyone with the passion and desire to travel will be excited and inspired by these Getaway Travel Showcase events”, said Scenic Group GM, Anthony Laver. 
 
“Listening to insights from our team of experts, combined with entertaining and enlightening presentations make these a must attend event for those looking to book and travel in 2021 and 2022”.  
 
The Showcase sessions are free and due to popular demand seats are limited, so early registration is encouraged. Attendees will enjoy special bonus travel offers that will be available for bookings made at each event (guests with existing bookings will also be eligible for the offers, if applicable).
 

Senses Spa, Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Eclipse Takes Discovery of the Senses to New Heights

Ocean-inspired Senses Spa signature treatments enhance offerings.
January 2020

With a focus on well-being and relaxation, the ultra-luxury Scenic Eclipse has introduced a trio of ocean-inspired holistic Senses Spa treatments^ designed to enable guests to revitalise and reset after a long day of exploration.  
 
The three signature massage treatments - sanctuary, revive and relax - use a combination of visualisation, breathing techniques, yogic stretches and body massages designed to connect with the freedom of ‘being at sea’ and complement the exclusive Scenic Eclipse spa offering. 
 
Featuring treatments and products from ESPA, Susanne Kaufmann and John Masters Organics, the 550 square metres (5,920 square feet) Senses Spa is a place of absolute tranquillity.  The all-inclusive therapeutic Jacuzzis and indulgent wellness spaces, complete with indoor and outdoor pools, are perfect for evening pampering sessions. The gym, yoga and Pilates studio are ideal for keeping fit or relaxing after exploring some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. 
 
Senses Spa Manager Nteboheng Phooko (Tebby) added: “Senses Spa has my heart and commitment. It is a beautiful and tranquil place to work and I am passionate about looking after our guests. The signature treatments^ are not just a massage or facial - we treat guests holistically working on mind, body and soul using natural products. It is a healing experience for the senses inspired by the ocean."

Guests can upgrade to one of the luxurious Spa Suites with additional features and services that bring discovery and luxury to a new benchmark in ocean cruising. With a premier location on Scenic Eclipse’s upper decks, Spa Suites are inviting, secluded and exclusive with their own private double-size Philippe Starck-designed bath, as well as a steam shower equipped with an oversized head and light therapy.  Guests in Spa Suites are also entitled to a one-hour complimentary spa treatment, as well as a complimentary laundry service (limited per day). 

Scenic Eclipse Spa Suite Suggested Itineraries
 
Panama & Colombia Discovery – Cartagena > Callao - 10 Days
Transiting the Panama Canal and gazing at its ever-changing vistas from the luxurious comfort of your verandah suite on board Scenic Eclipse is just one of the many inspiring experiences you’ll have during this discovery cruise along Central America’s coastline to Peru.
Spa Suite priced from $17,115pp, save $3,490 per couple
Departs: 16 October 2021
 
Antarctica South Georgia and Falkland Islands – Buenos Aires > Rio - 19 Days
Witness extraordinary landscapes and great migrations to this last frontier of travel.
Spa Suite priced from $38,460 per person, save $7,970 per couple
Departs 9 March 2021
 
Grand Voyage of Discovery – Rio de Janeiro > Lisbon - 17 Days
Days at sea celebrate the joys of cruising with ample time for relaxation and activities complemented by entertainment and world-cuisine, while exciting ports of call from Ihla Bela to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, and the Cape Verde Archipelago to the Madeira Islands offer days of discovery.
Spa Suite priced from $20,575 pp, save $4,470 per couple
Departs: 27 March 2021

Located on the higher decks, each luxurious Spa Suite includes additional features and services to enhance the luxury of time on board.
Private Verandah
Luxury king size four poster Scenic Slumber Bed in separate sleep zone
Walk-in robe
Double size Philippe Starck designed spa bath
Steam shower with oversized head and light therapy
Dual vanity basins and separate toilet
Luxury bathroom amenities
Separate lounge area including reading chair
Hypoallergenic air purification system
Butler service
Full mini-bar re-stocked daily
Personalised butler bar featuring illy coffee and specialty teas (replenished daily)
HDTV and Bose® sound system
One-hour complimentary spa treatment per suite
Complimentary laundry service (limited per day and limited in Polar and remote regions)

From thermal loungers that gently heat and purify the body to 550 square metres (5,920 square feet) of Senses Spa, Scenic Eclipse boasts a plethora of all-inclusive indulgent wellness spaces.
 
Fully equipped gym
Yoga and Pilates studio
Temperature-controlled plunge pools in the Spa
Pool and Spa Terraces with sun beds
Women’s and men’s saunas, steam rooms and lounges
Signature thermal loungers
Specialist experience showers
Featuring treatments and products from ESPA, Susanne Kaufmann and John Masters Organics  
 
^ Helicopter and Submarine excursions and Senses Spa treatments are an additional expense

110 Bottles of Whisky on the Wall...Scenic Eclipse's Whisky Bar is a Star

06 November 2019

The whisky fanatic’s adage says, “every loaf of bread is a tragic story of grains that could've become beer or whisky but didn't…” No such issue exists at Scenic Eclipse’s whisky bar where 110 bottles of Uisge-beatha na h-Alba (Gaelic for whisky or “water of life”) are available for guests to sample and enjoy. 

Located in the main lounge of the World’s First Discovery Yacht, the Whisky Bar is a favourite gathering place for many of the ship’s 228 guests. The floor to ceiling display case, backed by a wall of translucent quartz crystal, puts the ship’s 110 varieties of whisky on gorgeous display. The stock includes single malts such as a 25-year-old Glendullan, a 30-year-old Jura The Loch and a 16-year-old Lagavulin. Blended whiskies, include the most famous of super-premium blends, Johnny Walker Blue; Ireland’s Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel; Canada’s Crown Royal Deluxe; and an array of examples from Australia, Japan, Taiwan, France, India, USA, South Africa and Sweden - all included as part of Scenic’s unique all-inclusive policy.

Guests gravitate to the bar to mingle and trade stories of their day’s experiences, including exploring on one of two Airbus helicopters or the on board the six-guest submarine; to enjoying discovery excursions via kayak, paddleboards and e-bikes; a treatment at the 550m2 Senses Spa, a Pilates class or work out in the well-equipped gym; listening to educational seminars given by Discovery Team; or coming back after taking in the local cultures and sights highlighted on one of many shore excursions.

Scenic’s industry-first policy of being truly all-inclusive on their river ships holds true on its first ocean vessel. The only additional charges are for personal spa treatments and services, helicopter and submarine excursions, and some very high-end wines on the Chairman’s Cellar List. Everything else – all drinks, meals, room service, butlers, transfers, gratuities, excursions and lectures are included.

Dining on board Scenic Eclipse is a global culinary journey with 14 different nations represented in the kitchens and up to 10 unique dining experiences ranging from causal to fine dining and inspired by all corners of the globe. From contemporary French fine dining at Lumiere to top grade fillets of steak cooked to perfection in the elegant Elements restaurant, a casual meal in the Azure Bar and Café, or modern Asian fusion at Koko’s, there is never a shortage of choice. 

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive river cruises and handcrafted escorted land tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has grown to offer river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Waterways (evergreen for AU release) has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launched this year on the Mekong River. Exclusive charters are offered on SE Asia’s Irrawaddy River; the Volga River in Russia; yacht cruises out of Croatia; and Egypt’s Nile River.

An Installation Of Graffiti On Board Scenic Eclipse

15 October 2019

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has unveiled three custom installations on board Scenic Eclipse by the famous British Graffiti Artist, Carl Hush.

The works were installed over a two-day period while Scenic Eclipse was in port in Rotterdam.

“His unique works are striking, an amalgamation of collage, graffiti, stencil, painting and drawing. He is known for using these mixed techniques to create his geisha inspired works. The collection on board Scenic Eclipse will be of his beautiful geisha ladies, featured most prominently in our stunning Koko’s restaurant”, said Karen Moroney, Project Director- Design, Scenic Group. “His work which focuses on the female from depicting their beauty and sensuality are created in traditional colours and modern graffiti style, which are the perfect complement to the warmth and subdued atmosphere of our ship design”, she said.

About the Artist
UK based artist Hush draws influence from graphic novels, animation and the evanescent quality of street art. Hush's mix of crazy anime inspired characters and pop-infused imagery creates a fascinating commentary on urban culture and has been described as Urban Abstract Pop.

Hush originally trained as a graphic designer and illustrator at Newcastle School of Art and Design for 5 years. His love of street art goes back to his youth, when he did a bit of graffiti in his formative years and made posters for rave/dance nights, "I've always been interested in how graffiti was being reintroduced and how it was influencing styles and fonts, but never really being accepted as its own art form".

Hush has worked throughout Asia, Europe and the USA. His interest and immersion in diverse cultures has informed his art which is recognizable for its cross-cultural influences. His central focus is the female form, in particular iconic and Pop Art renditions, from the geisha to anime manga.

He is also interested in the contrasts between old and new and the fusion of Eastern and Western culture. Hush's technique combines various street art approaches with traditional art practices. 

Scenic Eclipse has set a new benchmark in luxury expedition ocean cruising suites with 114 luxurious suites across five decks, a sumptuous 550m2 spa sanctuary, up to 10 dining experiences, butler service to every suite, a staff to guest ratio of up 1:1, and our two on board helicopters and a submarine offering truly unique discovery experiences.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive river cruises and handcrafted land tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has offered river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River.

A Culinary Journey On Board Scenic Eclipse

11 October 2019

As Executive Chef on board Scenic Eclipse, Tom Goetter has set himself the challenge to reinvent dining on the high seas, and that means ensuring his guests can enjoy an ever-changing selection of flavours throughout their cruise. “We have a total of 2500 recipes across our eight restaurants,” Goetter says. “You would need to be on board for one and a half months to eat every dish.”

Dining on board Scenic Eclipse is a global culinary journey with 14 different nations represented in the kitchens and 10 unique dining experiences ranging from causal to fine dining and inspired by all corners of the globe. From contemporary French fine dining at Lumiere to your favourite fillet of steak cooked to perfection in the elegant Elements restaurant, a casual meal in the Azure Bar and Café, or modern Asian fusion at Koko’s, there is never a shortage of choice.

“We want to create a dining experience where guests feel like they cannot decide where to go at night time”, said Goetter. “What I don’t want is that one of our restaurants is called the main restaurant, or our best restaurant. It’s a discovery yacht, and we have created a discovery menu”. The attention and detail that has gone into the design and fit out of Scenic Eclipse is reflected in the passion for food coming from Tom and his team.

For the sushi bar, he doesn’t just airfreight in the freshest fish; his rice, his vinegar, his soy sauce all come direct from Japan. “You can get dashi vinegar and soy sauce anywhere, but they are different in Japan,” he says. “We have 24 month aged parmesan from Italy. It is outstanding. No one gets it because it’s 10 times the price but if you ever have pasta with this parmesan you don’t want anything else. We have two Italians in the kitchen and they just look at it all day long”.

On joining Scenic Eclipse, Goetter was given the mandate to create his own menus, to create all-inclusive dining experiences that would be like no other on any cruise ship. “We have lot of toys in the kitchen which I believe other cruise ship companies are not using yet”, he says. “We have dehydrators for dehydrating our own dry foods for breakfast and making our own spice mixes on board. We are using oven circulators for unique smoking methods and have an on board Urban Cultivator herb garden to ensure we have constant access to fresh herbs and greens.”

Scenic Eclipse offers a choice of all-inclusive dining experiences:

  • Elements - The main restaurant featuring Italian, steak and seafood
  • Yacht Club - Poolside grill, buffet and bar
  • Koko’s - Asian Fusion restaurant and Sake bar
  • Sushi @ Koko’s - A wonderfully authentic Japanese experience
  • Teppanyaki @ Koko’s - Private dining with an open Teppanyaki grill
  • Lumière - Contemporary French fine dining and Champagne bar
  • Azure Bar & Café - Relaxed all-day grazing
  • Epicure - Learn from the best in our dedicated cooking school
  • In-Suite Dining - A 24-hour comprehensive menu
  • Chef’s Table @ Elements - An exclusive invitation only degustation dining

To complement the dining experience Scenic Eclipse features eight spacious bars and lounges. Guests can sip a glass of France’s finest at the intimate Champagne Bar in Lumiere, indulge in an aged single malt at the elegant Lobby Lounge or unwind in the Observatory with a speciality tea or coffee. Complimentary beverages including mini-bar are part of our signature all-inclusive promise available all day, every day.

Scenic Eclipse has set a new benchmark in luxury expedition ocean cruising suites with 114 luxurious suites across five decks, a sumptuous 550m2 spa sanctuary, up to 10 dining experiences, butler service to every suite, a staff to guest ratio of 1:1, and our on board helicopters and submarine offering truly unique discovery experiences.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive river cruises and hand crafted escorted land tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has grown to offer river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River.

Dame Helen Mirren Christens Scenic Eclipse Against Iconic NYC Skyline

10 September 2019

Heralding a new and exceptional era in ocean cruising, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours today celebrated the official christening of Scenic Eclipse – the World’s First Discovery Yacht™ .
Having set sail on her maiden voyage from Reykjavík Iceland, Scenic Eclipse arrived at Pier 88, Manhattan Cruise Terminal, set against the world-famous backdrop of New York City. 

Scenic Eclipse
Godmother Dame Helen Mirren was joined by her husband, Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford and welcomed on board by ship’s co-owners Glen and Karen Moroney.   
 
“It was an honour to welcome Helen and Taylor on board and to share with them our vision and passion which together with the dedication and talent of the Scenic team has created an experience which has set a brand new bench mark in discovery cruising”, said Mr Glen Moroney, Chairman and Founder, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. 
 
Ensuring the event ran smoothly, master of ceremonies Claire Newell was on hand to introduce Scenic Eclipse Captain James Griffiths and NYC Ports General Manager Ken Winkler who presented the 1st Visit Plaque to Mr Moroney.
Mr Moroney then delivered a short speech that spoke of the creative drive and determination to deliver such a unique sailing experience and detailed the history of the build from its first moment of conception. Mrs Karen Moroney and her design team comprising Carmen Mikus (Interior Project Design) and Niksa Fiorienni (Architect) were acknowledge as the creative drive behind Scenic Eclipse.
Reflecting the ship’s stylish and exclusive ethos, the official naming ceremony was attended by over 350 global media, agents and VIPS who witnessed Dame Helen Mirren christen the ship dockside by breaking the ceremonial bottle of champagne against the hull and bestowing the traditional blessing of safekeeping over all those that sail in her.  
Dame Mirren added:  “I was thrilled to be invited to take on the role of Scenic Eclipse godmother, even more so now that I have stepped aboard and seen the level of design detail and technology that have gone into her creation.   She is an exceptional cruising experience, and I’m honoured to have christened her. I wish her crew and guests many years of sailing adventures and discovery”. 
Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for 228 guests, (200 in Polar regions), Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury and discovery with the ultimate in safety and sustainability, giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable.
  
Scenic Eclipse has 114 all-verandah suites ranging in size from 32 m² to 247 m²; 10 dining options from Asian Fusion to French fine dining, Chef’s Table to a poolside buffet; the 550 m² Senses Spa with latest technology-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio. Two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine Scenic Neptune capable of depths of nearly 200m; a state-of-the-art theatre for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.
  
And then there is the technology: innovative zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide greater stability cutting roll by more than 85%; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6; redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; state-of-the-art bridge systems; and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing environmental impact and enhancing safety during Zodiac operations. 

Australian Artist Brings Works of Rich Colour and Passion to Scenic Eclipse

28 August 2019

In a nod to its Australian heritage, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has secured a series of original artworks from local Byron Bay artist, Mitch Gobel, to feature on board Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yachts™.

Best known for his work in abstract resin, Gobel started experimenting with resin, amongst other materials and his practice has evolved since into a wide variety of mixed media. Three original artworks were commissioned and a selection of 124 prints were selected for display in all of the ships suites. Scenic Eclipse currently owns the largest collection of Mitch’s work.

"Mitch’s work is a perfect complement to Scenic Eclipse”, said Karen Moroney, Project Director - Design, Scenic Group. “His works are truly beautiful. They reflect the colours and movement of the ocean and exhibit a passion for life and the environment, which is at the very essence of the design of Scenic Eclipse.  

“It was very important to us to include something uniquely and expressly Australian on this ship. Mitch’s work is a true reflection of the incredible talent in this country, and we are incredibly proud to be able to feature his works”, said Mrs Moroney.  

The three main piece commissioned for Scenic Eclipse are part of The Melt collection – Costeria Amalfitana, Raja Ampat, and The Antarctic Peninsula. 

“The intention behind these works was to create a collection of art which illustrates a few specific oceanic environments of beauty and natural wealth,” said Mitch. “The artwork pays tribute to what we value from a positive perspective, as a reflection of our love, wonder and appreciation for the natural world.

“These pieces invite you to dive into my perception of three very unique environments which we know are vital to the health, diversity and abundance of life in our oceans. These areas deserve great recognition, and conservation should be at the forefront of our consciousness towards them.”

Scenic Eclipse Mitch Gobel Artwork

About the Artist 

“The art is both a practice I know well and a surprising process, continually evolving and in every way unique — the fluidity of the material's present a constant challenge. I aim to create space for the art to be its own creation while simultaneously manipulating and controlling the outcome.

My experience of the art is what I consider to be a spiritual practice, and beyond egoic intervention, I endeavor to create from the heart. It's a reflection of my internal state, a cosmic vision or remembering which I'm doing my best to illustrate and understand. Incorporating a range of mixed media and pouring techniques, I reflect on the complexity of the world around me, inspired by nature, love and the evolution of self.'

Mitch has collaborated with Greenpeace, creating a special piece of resin art to represent their Save the Reef campaign. He also created a piece he called ‘Poseidon, Protector of the Sea’ for the marine conservation organisation Sea Shepherd and is an ambassador for the Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO), an organisation dedicated to protecting the ancient forests in Gippsland, Victoria from threats such as logging.

Scenic Eclipse has set a new benchmark in luxury expedition ocean cruising suites with 114 luxurious suites across five decks, a sumptuous 550m2 spa sanctuary, up to 10 dining venues, butler service to every suite, a staff to guest ratio of 1:1, and our on board helicopters and submarine offering truly unique discovery experiences.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has grown to offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River.

Q &A with Mitch Gobel

Why did you decide to work with resin as a medium and what are the challenges and rewards of using it?

I have been working with resin since 2012 and I was drawn to it initially mainly because of its beauty and depth but also because I didn’t understand it. I’d seen a hand full of resin works in galleries and those pieces were always the works that I couldn’t make sense of. That said, I felt there was potential to express something unique and defined as an artwork. The structure of resin is transparent, like glass, and it’s possible to support different pigments and materials within itself to create this kind of frozen, floating like feel. It is simultaneously free and contained and once I started to succeed in creating what I had in mind, with the resin, it became and still is really exciting. It is hard to work with. Resin is like honey before it sets and it requires a lot of space and a structured process to contain the flow as it hardens. The beauty of it is that it really is its own creation. I do my best to manipulate the outcome, but it goes where it needs to and I’m painting with it, rather than painting it. 

Of all of the works on board Scenic Eclipse, is there one you’re most proud of? And why…

Some works are more impressive to me than others, some are better than others but it’s totally relative to the viewer. I try to stay neutral and not pick favourites because I consider each piece to be perfect within itself, but if I had to pick right now in this moment, I would say my favourite is probably Raja Ampat. 

Raja, in particular is really special because I started with the intention to create a coral reef and meditated on how that felt and the colours. What came through as the art, I feel, is just so different to what I had in my mind, but then it works so well… It was a great example of how perfectly and effortlessly something beautiful can manifest when I get out of my way and let it unfold, rather than trying to control the outcome. 

What synergies did you see between your work and Scenic Eclipse as an expedition ship exploring the most remote and stunning parts of the world?

The art has always been an exploration of self and a vessel into the unknown. A means to discover new places, new ideas… I’m sure many guests would feel the same or relate to those experiences through their journey with Scenic. 

How do you know when your work is finished?

When my wife tells me to stop? No, sometimes it’s more apparent than others. Occasionally I miss the mark and put too much of ‘me’ into the piece, but I’m learning when to step back. There’s been piece’s which scream ‘enough!’ and others are harder to pick. Every piece is unique.

Introducing Scenic Eclipse, the World's First Discovery Yacht

21 August 2019

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours introduces Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht. A new era in ocean cruising has arrived, setting a new benchmark in innovation, design and technology. Where 6-star luxury meets discovery, giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable. The following video provides the first preview inside Scenic Eclipse, featuring ultra-luxury, design and innovation.

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a choice of ten included dining experiences, from alfresco meals in the Yacht Club, to casual fare in the Azure Bar & Café, Lumiere’s French haute cuisine and the exclusive Chefs Table degustation. With one hundred and fourteen suites, all with verandahs and private butler service, Scenic Eclipse is re-defining ocean cruising on a global scale. 

From the generous 32 square metre Verandah Suites to the two bedroom Owners Penthouse Suite, all the accommodation is designed to the highest standards of comfort and are the perfect retreat after a day of exploration activities. For the ultimate experience, The Owner’s Penthouse Suite is 247 square metres of pure indulgence, with a separate sleep zone, lounge and dining areas, spa bathroom and a private terrace with jacuzzi.

Intimate and luxurious, with every amenity, Scenic Eclipse has been designed with the guest in mind, delighting both the keen explorer and elegant traveller. Rejuvenate in Senses Spa... featuring a wide range of treatments, infra-red and Finnish sauna, spa and plunge pools – all designed for your wellbeing. Venture beyond the horizon – above and below with our two on board helicopters and a submarine. From nature to cultural encounters, and historic cities to ancient monuments, Scenic Eclipse is sure to feature a voyage that excites you. We look forward to welcoming you, on board Scenic Eclipse… The World’s First Discovery Yacht.

Scenic Eclipse releases 2020/21 and 22 season brochures and incredible new footage of Scenic Eclipse

12 August 2019

As Scenic Eclipse leaves Rotterdam on the final leg to Reykjavik for the inaugural voyage on 15 August, Scenic has released its new digital brochure for the 2020/21 and 22 season.

“This new brochure is the most comprehensive program we have released”, said Anna Wolfsteiner, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Scenic Group. “It features six new itinerary’s comprising 47 departures across 38 countries, visiting 68 new ports as well as some of the most stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, and offering some truly unique experiences in destinations across the world”.

In addition, Scenic today released stunning footage of Scenic Eclipse coming into the port of Valletta, Malta, giving guests their first taste of the excitement and emotion they could experience on their voyage with Scenic Eclipse, click here to view.

Coming into port on any cruise ship is spectacular”, said Captain Griffiths, Captain Scenic Eclipse. “It is the first glimpse guests get of the city and country they are stopping in. There is a real sense of excitement and anticipation. Coming in on a ship like Scenic Eclipse will be even more exciting, as its size allows access to many ports that larger ships are not able to enter meaning our guests will, in many instances, have a truly unique arrival experience.”

Scenic Eclipse 2020-2022 Brochure Highlights:

• Two full Antarctica season with 20 departures and the opportunity to view a Solar Eclipse from the deck of the Scenic Eclipse (December 2020 and December 2021)

• Wild Alaska and British Columbia - from Vancouver to Nome, Alaska, travelling through the Aleutian Islands and the Inside Passage for the first time

. • Baja to Costa Rica Whales and Wilderness – from San Diego to Cost Rica and all the wonders of Latin America including the breathtaking Mexican Riviera.

• High Arctic Explorer – travelling as far north as North Cape, through the Svalbard Archipelago and the magnificent fjords, waterfalls, mountains and sleepy fishing villages of the Norway.

• Panama and Columbia Discovery – Transiting the famous Panama Canal, exploring the jungles and islands of Central America. Guests can download the digital brochure or register to be the first receive printed versions,

Scenic Eclipse has set a new benchmark in luxury expedition ocean cruising suites with 114 luxurious suites across five decks, a sumptuous 550m2 spa sanctuary, up to 10 dining venues, butler service to every suite, a staff to guest ratio of 1:1, and our on board helicopters and submarine offering truly unique discovery experiences.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has grown to offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River.

Scenic takes delivery of Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht

6 August 2019

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today confirmed it took delivery of Scenic Eclipse on July 26 from the Uljanik Shipyard. 

Scenic Eclipse departed the shipyard at 2000 on Saturday 27 July on its journey to Valletta, Malta for registration. From there she will make a number of short stops before arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she will commence operations of her first scheduled cruise. This inaugural voyage is a 13-day discovery sailing via Greenland and Eastern Canada before arriving in Quebec on August 27. 

In addition, Scenic today released footage of the final tests and trials of the state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters. The attached video shows the helicopters landing on the deck of Scenic Eclipse and being stored in the specially designed on board hangars. As one of the quietest helicopters in the skies, the H130 sets the standard for tourism operations worldwide and will give guests the opportunity to explore beyond the horizon, with unparalleled access to some of nature’s most beautiful sites.
“These final stages are significant highlights in any ship build,” said Scenic Founder and Chairman, Glen Moroney, “and particularly for a vessel of the technological sophistication of Scenic Eclipse.   I’m very proud to say Eclipse has been successfully certified for passenger ship operations, has been officially registered, and we are now in the final stages of preparations for our inaugural voyage”. 

Scenic Eclipse Facts
114 all-verandah suites; 
10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; 
a 5,920 ft² spa with a well-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio; 
two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine capable of depths of nearly 1,000 feet -- to allow for explorations far beyond any done on expedition ships to date; 
a 240-seat theater for entertainment and lectures; 
indoor and outdoor plunge pools; 
butler service for all guests and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio. 
innovative zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide greater stability; 
the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6; 
redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; 
state-of-the-art bridge systems; 
and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing any environmental affect in sensitive regions.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive luxury river cruises and handcrafted 5-star land journeys tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. 

Dame Helen Mirren Announced as Godmother of Scenic Eclipse

25 July 2019

Scenic today announced the appointment of Academy Award winner Helen Mirren as the Godmother for Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht. The maiden voyage of this luxury vessel is scheduled for August 15, 2019, departing Reykjavik Iceland on a 13-day discovery sailing, ending in Quebec on August 27. 

“Scenic Eclipse is a unique ship that requires an equally unique person to act in this role,” said Glen Moroney, Founder and Chairman of Scenic. “We are delighted to welcome Helen Mirren as Scenic Eclipse Godmother - her style, beauty and spirit of adventure are true to those embodied in the design and ethos of Scenic Eclipse. Combined with the international acclaim as one of the world’s finest actresses, Helen Mirren makes the perfect Godmother to preside over the ship”

Helen Mirren added “I am very honored to have been chosen as the Godmother to such a beautiful vessel as Scenic Eclipse. She will have many adventures and a wonderful life as she transports her guests in immaculate style and great safety to beautiful places.”

In keeping with Scenic Eclipse’s stature as setting the standard for luxury exploration ocean vessels, it is only fitting that New York City has been chosen as the site for its christening on September 10, 2019.


Helen Mirren won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007 for her riveting performance in The Queen. Mirren's other Academy Award nominations include The Madness of King George (1994), Gosford Park (2001), and The Last Station (2009). Some of her other notable film roles include The Long Good Friday, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Calendar Girls (2003), Hitchcock (2012), Woman in Gold (2015) and in television as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect and Elizabeth I. She will next be seen in the highly anticipated HBO/SKY limited series in the title role of “Catherine the Great” and in the equally anticipated Warner Bros.’ film “The Good Liar.”

As a traditional maritime role – the Godmother plays an important part within the ship’s christening ceremony and is responsible for the breaking of the champagne bottle against the ship’s hull. Many royal figures, actors, sports personalities and other persons of note have acted as a Godmother. 

Dame Helen Mirren Scenic Eclipse Godmother

Helen Mirren - Photo Credit Trevor Leighton

Scenic Eclipse has 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 32 m² to 247 m²; 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; a 550 m² spa with a well-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio; two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine capable of depths of nearly 200m - to allow for explorations far beyond any done on expedition ships to date; a state-of-the-art theatre for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio. 

And then there is the technology: innovative zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide greater stability; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6; redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; state-of-the-art bridge systems; and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing environmental impact.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has grown to offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt . On August 15, 2019, Scenic is launching the World’s First Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River. 


Scenic Eclipse surpasses expectations during sea trials

13 June 2019

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today announced that Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yachts, continues to move closer to her official launch on August 15 2019, with the successful completion of extensive sea trials. 

“It was a real pleasure to take Scenic Eclipse out to sea for the first time,” stated Captain James Griffiths, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. “Sea trials are a critical milestone in the construction process as it is the first time all the ship systems are operated together and is a key opportunity to confirm the theoretical information from the tank tests and computer modelling. The results from these trials surpassed every expectation.

“I have worked extensively with Azipods on other ships like Scenic Eclipse’s, and these sea trials confirmed to me how incredibly versatile and powerful they are, particularly when coupled with our oversized Bow Thrusters. I was also delighted with how quiet the ship is. She was vibration free and virtually silent during all our trials, exceeding our expectations in terms of stability, manoeuvrability and performance. Scenic Eclipse really does manage to combine small ship manoeuvrability with big ship levels of comfort and quietness; it’s quite remarkable to experience it”, he said.

With sea trials complete, Scenic Eclipse will now undergo the final touches to its interior and exterior and the final training of the onboard teams before the official launch and commencement of schedule of sailings. 

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive luxury river cruises and handcrafted 5-star land journeys tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. 


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