Scenic Cruises has announced that its expedition vessel Picturesque eclipse will be one of the first ships to return to Antarctica when it resumes sailing on January 7.
Scenic Group COO Rob Voss said: “Our crew and staff are delighted to once again welcome guests aboard our world class yacht, Picturesque eclipse. Along with the opportunity to be one of the first cruise lines to return to Antarctica after nearly two years without visitors, we are also delighted to present several improvements on board. Picturesque eclipse – a number of which were motivated by feedback from our customers.
The ship’s 13-day ‘Deep Antarctica’ itinerary will allow guests to experience Antarctica’s pristine landscapes, as well as its unique wildlife. Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina, passengers spend six full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, often with several shore visits per day.
Highlights vary with weather conditions, but can include sailing the seven-mile-long Lemaire Channel fringed with steep cliffs, the chance to visit a working science base, exploring an abandoned whaling station, l climb to the edge of a volcanic crater and cross the Antarctic Circle.
Daily excursions will include cruising among ice formations in Zodiac boats, kayaking and paddling among icebergs, descending ashore to see penguin and seal colonies, and treks with marine biologists and expert geologists. .
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Guests will also be able to take submarine tours aboard the custom-built six-guest submarine. Those who want to see the scenery from above can take a helicopter ride in one of the ship’s two six-passenger Airbus helicopters.
Onboard the yacht, features include educational programs from the Discovery Expert Team, the Senses Spa with a yoga and pilates studio and plunge pool, 10 dining choices, two Vitality pools and the Panorama Bar on the upper bridge.
Scenic’s current health and safety measures include a vaccine requirement for all guests and crew, day-of-boarding testing, temperature checks, social distancing and the use of masks while on the move in public spaces.
State-of-the-art HVAC systems deliver 100% fresh air through a three-step air purification process to balcony suites and public areas, and advanced HEPA filtrations and COVID rapid response protocols -19 are also in place.
To celebrate the return to Antarctica, Scenic is offering 2-for-1 business class flights and up to 20% off select 2022 Antarctic crossings when the reservation is paid in full 12 months prior to departure or 48 hours (if booked with less than 12 months before departure). The line also offers a ‘book three suites, get one free’ when you book select crossings from January to March 2022 in Antarctica and South America.
Scenic’s flexible booking policy allows customers to postpone travel plans or cancel up to 60 days prior to departure with no additional booking fees.
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