This summer, the new ultra-luxury yacht Scenic Eclipse II will launch in the Mediterranean. As well as being among the first to experience this new yacht, guests will enjoy exclusive excursions to beautiful destinations. This feature looks at some of the spectacular, picture-perfect places the ship will be heading.
Sun seekers and cultural buffs searching for new adventures can enjoy new sights, tastes, and experiences – in six-star luxury – courtesy of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. This summer, the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea will welcome the new ultra-luxury ship Scenic Eclipse II for its inaugural sailing.
The hotly anticipated launch will see Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours’ new ship dock right into the heart of some of Europe’s most luxurious coastal towns and ancient cities, allowing guests to immerse themselves in all the region has to offer.
Those booking before 28 February can take advantage of generous Super Earlybird savings* of up to £2,000 per person (or £4,000 per couple) and enjoy the added luxury of business class flights to enhance the trip. Including these savings, prices for sailings in the Mediterranean start at £5,790 per person.
Guests aboard Scenic Eclipse II are invited to join private excursions not offered by any other cruise line. These ‘Enrich’ excursions take guests behind the scenes, offering private access to spellbinding experiences such as an exclusive flamenco show and a private concert in a Croatian Baroque church.
Highlights of Scenic Eclipse II’s Mediterranean programme include:
Incredible Iberian Discovery
On what is the inaugural sailing of Scenic Eclipse II, this voyage pays homage to the great seafaring nations of Spain and Portugal. Follow in the footsteps of explorers and merchants and set sail from Lisbon, then head south to the Algarve’s beaches. In the small port town of Portimão, get out into the water yourself and kayak around awe-inspiring ancient rock formations.
Amongst Seville’s Gothic and Baroque architecture, truly experience Iberian cultures with a private equestrian flamenco show at one of the region’s ancient bullrings. In Málaga, explore 3,000 years of history in narrow Arabic streets, and in Cartagena, the Natural Park of Calblanque offers magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea. The cruise continues its voyage around The Costa del Sol, visiting gorgeous islands, before disembarking in busting Barcelona.
This 12-day cruise departs on 12 April 2023 and calls at Portimão, Seville, Puerto Banús, Málaga, Cartagena, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, and Mahon. When booking before 28 February, save up to £2,000 per person plus business class flights, meaning prices for this cruise begin at £7,635 per person.
Western Europe Discovery
This 12-day itinerary offers a tour de force of Iberia’s Atlantic coast, western France’s lush countryside, picturesque English Channel harbour towns, the Low Countries’ cobbled streets, and picturesque Norwegian harbours. In Portugal, explore the home and namesake of Port wine, Porto, and visit a traditional wine cellar.
In Northern Spain, see the car-free Cies Islands, known as the ‘island of the gods’ to the Romans. A day’s sailing across the Bay of Biscay gives a perfect chance to familiarise yourself with the brand-new Scenic Eclipse II; why not take a class in one of the fitness spaces or relax in one of the Spa Sanctuary’s therapy lounges? After stops in the Scilly Islands and Cowes, Venice of the North, Bruges awaits. From here, continue northwards, and roam the canals of Amsterdam before exploring the hiking trails and fascinating history of Norway.
This voyage departs on 7 June 2023, with prices starting at £9,425 per person. When booking over the phone, this voyage can be shortened to a nine-day itinerary, venturing from Portugal to Bruges. This shorter itinerary offers the rare opportunity to experience the ultra-luxury of the new Scenic Eclipse II at prices beginning at just £6,349 per person. Guests booking before 28 February and securing this Super Earlybird Offer will also enjoy free business class flights and door-to-door transfers*.
Sorrentine Peninsula & Adriatic
Departing from the City of Seven Hills, Rome, this 12-day adventure visits a collection of Italian must-sees before visiting the small Adriatic nation of Montenegro and then Croatia before concluding in the floating city of Venice. In Capri, wander through the Piazzetta and taste fresh aromatic Caprese, and while amongst the Aeolian Islands, hike the unique volcanic scenery of Vulcano.
After rounding the heel of Italy, Scenic Eclipse II will arrive in the startlingly beautiful Bay of Kotor; here, board a boat to Our Lady of the Rock Island to visit the chapel filled with magnificent paintings by local Baroque artists. Dubrovnik, your first stop in Croatia, is bound to make an impact. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, the historic walled city has remained largely unchanged since medieval times.
In Dubrovnik on a Scenic Enrich Excursion, be enthralled by an exclusive and moving concert set in a magnificent Baroque Church in the historic precinct. After departing from Rome, this voyage visits Capri, Sorrento, Lipari, Giardini Naxos, Otranto, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Rovinj before arriving in Venice.
When booked before the end of February, up to £2,000 per person can be saved on the cost of this cruise plus free business class flights, meaning the total cost begins at £6,940 per person.
Following the launch of Scenic Eclipse in 2019, the launch of Scenic Eclipse II ushers in a new era of luxury cruising. The Discovery YachtTM contains enhanced ultra-luxury spaces such as a 550sqm Senses Spa, a Yoga and Pilates studio – the only such studio on a ship of its size, and Deck 10, where a bar area and large oval pool make the perfect venue for sail-away deck parties.
*Super Earlybird Offer promoting savings up to £2,000pp is based on a Spa suite category on select departures in 2023 (savings vary by itinerary and suite category). #Free Business Class flights are strictly limited, subject to availability and up to the value of £4,500pp (based on Japan and the Aleutian Islands departing on 30 July 2023). Business class credit value varies by itinerary and suite category. Full payment is required 12 months prior to departure or at the time of booking if departure is within 12 months.
For more information or to book, visit www.sceniceclipse.com or contact your local travel agent.
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