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Scenic Ocean Cruises

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Exterior shot of Scenic Eclipse cruising the Northwest Passage coastline

About Scenic Ocean Cruises

Scenic Luxury Ocean Cruises has evolved from the company's successful 37-year history in the travel business. Originally known as Scenic Tours, the company was started by Glen Moroney in his native Australia in 1986. From coach tours, it expanded into river cruising in 2008. In 2019, the company launched its first luxury expedition vessel, Scenic Eclipse.

Taking its cue from luxury yachts, the vessel carrying up to 228 passengers was developed to offer adventure cruising in an upscale atmosphere. Worldwide itineraries include the Mediterranean, Americas, Arctic and Antarctica and the ship is equipped with two helicopters and a six-passenger submersible that can dive to depths of nearly 1,000 feet. A sister ship, Scenic Eclipse II, launches in 2023.

In 2022, the line's ship Scenic Eclipse won best dining and service in the Editors Picks expedition category.

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Scenic Eclipse

14 Night
Wonders Of The High Arctic: Greenland & Iceland So...

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Scenic Eclipse

12 Night
Antarctica In Depth

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Scenic Eclipse

10 Night
Magical Iceland & Norwegian Fjords

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Scenic Eclipse II

15 Night
Discover Komodo & The Spice Islands

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12 Night
Pure New Zealand: North & South Islands

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7 Night
Alluring Rivieras: Cote D'azur & Italian Coastline

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7 Night
French Riviera & The Catalan Coastline

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11 Night
New Zealand Delights

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13 Night
Uncover Greenland & Canada

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24 Night
Ultimate Kimberley Coastline, Western Australia &...

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12 Night
Northern Legends: Ireland, Scotland & Iceland

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17 Night
Crossing The Equator: Portugal To Brazil

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19 Night
Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

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11 Night
Rhythms Of The Brazilian Coastline

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Treasures Of Spain: Costa Del Sol & The Balearic I...

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Scenic Ocean Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Scenic Ocean cruise ships?

Passengers tend to be well-traveled professionals and retirees who have a sense of adventure and are used to luxury travel. Because the company is based in Australia, you can expect a large percentage of Aussies on any given sailing, as well as North Americans and Brits where it also has offices. English is the onboard language.

Do I have to dress up on a Scenic Ocean cruise?

Daytime wear is casual with weather appropriate clothing for shore excursions depending on the itinerary. On polar sailings all passengers are provided with an expedition parka which is theirs to keep. In the evening the suggested dress code is elegant casual. For women, that means a dress, skirt or slacks with a blouse or sweater, and for men collared shirts and trousers. There are no formal nights.

Is everything free on Scenic Ocean cruises?

Almost. Akin to its river product, ocean sailings are all-inclusive. Fares cover all meals, an open bar throughout the day, butler service, expeditions and excursions, Spa Sanctuary access, self-service laundry, Wi-Fi, use of e-bikes and gratuities. The submersible and helicopters both come with extra fees.

What are Scenic Ocean’s most popular activities?

Itineraries are port intensive and all passengers have the option of going ashore most days. Depending on the itinerary, excursions range from traditional city tours to more challenging activities such as hiking or kayaking. Tours in the polar regions are designed to get passengers up close to wildlife and guides will announced any sightings. The most novel activities are the for-free submersible and helicopter rides.

Best for: Explorers who want a high quality of luxury, service and food, and enjoy their adventure toys

Not for: Traditional cruisers, young families and those looking for lots of onboard activities and entertainment

Scenic Luxury Ocean Cruises Cruiser Reviews

"Luxury" is in the details.

When cruising on small ships, "luxury" is having a smooth personal check-in procedure, not arriving at dock with no one representing the ship and after 10 minutes being told to wheel your luggage down the pier yourself to a tent.The brochure states there are 9 bars but there is only one staffed bar for everyone to use.Read More
ODKEEFE

10+ Cruises

Age 69s

Beautiful ship!

There is a wide range of dining options, all of which we found to be very good.They were also very good at catering for the relatively ‘mature’ age of many of the customers, especially as some of the outings on this voyage were slightly challenging.Read More
Paddingtontraveller

2-5 Cruises

Age 65s

Luxury Cruising with Scenic Eclipse

The Scenic Eclipse provided an unforgettable cruise experience, combining adventure and luxury seamlessly.We recently enjoyed a fantastic cruise on the Scenic Eclipse, and it exceeded all our expectations.Read More
Travelling Diva

2-5 Cruises

Age 66s

Lovely cruise, especially if moderately active

We found there were not enough truly "easy" excursions for a reduced mobility level, with some being very challenging.The excursions were the weaker point, in that the descriptions we had didn't help much to gauge the true level of challenge for a person with mobility challenges.Read More
J Dawson

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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