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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 II

24 Night
Mawson’s Antarctica: Along The East Coast

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Scenic Eclipse II

20 Night
Natural Wonders Of Australia & The Kimberley Coast...

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Scenic Eclipse

7 Night
Italian Icons: Islands & Culture

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Scenic Eclipse II

17 Night
New Zealand In Depth

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12 Night
Glaciers & Wildlife Of Svalbard

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10 Night
Norwegian Fjords & Lofoten Islands

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12 Night
Pure New Zealand: North & South Islands

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7 Night
French & Italian Rivieras Plus Monaco Grand Prix O...

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23 Night
Antarctica's Ross Sea: Majestic Ice & Wildlife

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11 Night
Rhythms Of The Brazilian Coastline

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13 Night
Uncover Greenland & Canada

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11 Night
Crossing The Equator: Barbados To Brazil

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Antarctica In Depth

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Eastern Greenland & Iceland Expedition

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Island Odyssey: Bahamas To The Grenadines

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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

Scenic Eclipse II - - disappointing

The Scenic prior to cruise experience was unusual, sometime after booking Scenic sent an online medical questionnaire to be completed by your doctor which I did not wish to ask my doctor to do, on pushing back with Scenic, they seemed okay with us completing the interactive online form ourselves as well as providing proof of insurance.The submarine had only just arrived the day we boarded even though the ship is a year old and was not launched until the second last day of our cruise.Read More
Bill998

First Time Cruiser

Age 75s

Don’t believe the advertising hype about luxury.

There were some individual chairs which were comfortable.The furnishing in the public area, except in the theatre, was not comfortable to sit on, you might call it bench seating.Read More
hppytrvlr

First Time Cruiser

Age 75s

Renovation Work/areas closed spoiling our holiday

We wasted hours trying & failing, to find somewhere to sit outside with friends & complaining to management.For the remainder of our holiday we were ostracized by management.Read More
Jag.jam

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Scenic Eclipse II Underwhelming for the Price

Cruise from Tahiti to Fiji March 31 to April 12 Staff was over the top best we have ever had on a cruise ship, including Housekeeping and Butler.Chefs table meal was the best we had ever had on a cruise ship or ever though!Read More
Travel Bug 100

First Time Cruiser

Age 61s

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