Scenic Eclipse explores the hidden gems of the Mediterranean
Defining a new era in luxury ocean cruise travel, Scenic Eclipse – the World’s First Discovery Yachts – combines sleek nautical design and innovative technology to deliver unique handcrafted itineraries and access to ports and cities that the larger cruise ships can’t access.
“The unique design of Scenic Eclipse allows us to cruise right into the heart of smaller ports with late night departures a key part of the experience,” said Lisa Bolton, General Manager Product, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours.
“Guests will escape the well-worn cruise path and experience new wonders such as navigating the tidal Guadalquivir River to stay overnight in the magnificent city of Seville, Capital of Andalusia. Scenic Eclipse will dock right in the heart of the city allowing guests to simply step on shore to begin their discovery of this city that will disarm and seduce visitors”.
With all the freedom and style of a private yacht, the intimate size of Scenic Eclipse also allows direct access into the bustling smaller European ports of Portimao in Portugal with its typical Portuguese beach life and traditional rich cuisines; Bruges in Belgium; Kotka in Finland; and Gdansk in Poland.
Each exclusive itinerary is paced to allow plenty of leisure time in port and overnight stays or late night departures in places such as St Petersburg where guests can immerse themselves in the grandeur of the Russian Tsars or discover the night scene in this city that has plenty to offer in terms of music and dance.
“Another key point of difference for the Scenic Eclipse guest is our all-inclusive on shore activities”, said Ms Bolton. “Scenic Freechoice hand-tailored excursions provide our guests a range of all-inclusive options designed to meet different needs and activity levels and go well beyond the standard city tour or transfer to/from port.
“These include a tour of the Picasso Museum in Malaga and the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the artistry of chocolate in Bruges, walking the historic Normandy landing beaches or a guided tour of the elegant centre of Tallinn. We cater for all tastes with tours covering local food experiences, art galleries and museums, magnificent World-Heritage listed treasures like the Alcázar Palace or St. Isaac’s Cathedral to Botanical Gardens, canal cruises and more”.
All-inclusive Scenic Enrich Experiences include a private performance by the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art or an exclusive evening of Russian music and dance set within one of St Petersburg’s magnificent palaces.
Highlights include a select number of itineraries along the coastlines of Spain, Portugal, France and the Baltic nations all of which epitomise the beauty and culture of the Mediterranean and beyond. From the dolce vita of the Italian Riviera, to the sea-faring heritage of the Spanish coastline, the beauty of Croatia’s Dalmatia to the azure waters of the Greek Islands and the historic shores of Brittany and Normandy. Marvel at Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in Barcelona, and in Russia, discover the Imperial architecture of St Petersburg as a beautifully preserved reminder of a colourful past, while Scandinavia’s gilded domes and fjords are an authentic reminder of ancient Norse seafarers.
Key Itineraries include:
Discover Portugal & Spain – Lisbon to Barcelona
Departs Apr 2020. Explore the greatest seafaring nations of Spain and Portugal. Like the explorers of old, set sail from the capital, Lisbon, and follow the Atlantic coast past the Strait of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean. Along the way, discover stunning Seville and meet the Barbary macaque at the rock of Gibraltar before arriving in Gaudi’s Barcelona.
Great Seafaring Nations – Barcelona to Amsterdam
Departs May 2020. Immerse yourself in the vivacity of Spain as you explore its coastline before discovering the untouched elegance of Portugal. Cruise to northern France and visit the coast of Brittany and the battlefields of Normandy. Wander the canals, cobble streets and medieval buildings of Bruges before concluding your journey in Amsterdam.
Baltic Tradewinds Route – Amsterdam to Stockholm
Departs June 2020. Uncovers the delights of the Baltics during the legendary long summer days. Savour the diversity of cultures, cuisines, politics and religions, enjoying a cornucopia of attractions that will enchant all the senses.
Ultimate Seafarers & Baltics – Barcelona to Stockhom
Link the above Great Seafaring Nations with Baltic Tradewinds Route to create one epic journey – combining the coastlines of the proud seafaring nations, with the treasures of the Baltics. Departs May 2020
Scenic Eclipse sets a whole new benchmark in design innovation and luxury. With our commitment to world-class safety and quality appointments throughout, offering our guests the experience of discovering the world in all-inclusive luxury remains our focus.