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Scenic Eclipse
-- / 5.0
19 reviews

Pros
Beautifully designed ship with big toys and small surprises.
Cons
Limited outdoor space for activities and wildlife viewing.
Bottom Line
A dramatic ship that ups the luxury expedition cruise experience.

About

Passengers
228

Crew
172

Passenger to Crew
1.33:1

Launched
2019

Shore Excursions
0
Sails To
Sails From
Callao, Lima, Bergen, Reykjavik, Buenos Aires
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Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Editor-In-Chief

Scenic Eclipse Overview

Scenic Eclipse is the first foray into ocean cruising for Australian company Scenic, long known for luxury tours and river ships. And, wow, does this ship make a splash. Developed to offer adventure cruising in an upscale atmosphere, the ship looks and feels more like a luxury yacht than a cruise ship -- that's by design. The company took its cue from yachts, aiming to provide passengers a personal luxury experience. The result is a ship that feels like a boutique hotel, with large spaces for entertainment and intimate spaces to steal away for some private moments.

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While expedition cruising has long meant roughing it onboard, Scenic Eclipse has turned that notion on its head. The ship is designed to allow passengers to comfortably challenge themselves during the day, with hiking, kayaking or stand-up paddle-boarding available, and then return to the lap of luxury at night. It also offers over-the-top features, like two helicopters and a submarine, which will further connect passengers to the regions the ship visits, including the Arctic and Antarctica.

The ship shines when it comes to dining, offering eight restaurants onboard with top-notch cuisine that is innovative yet approachable. You'll swoon over the options, unique on a ship of only 228 passengers (and 200 when it sails to the polar regions of the world).

Where it misses is connecting people to the outdoors while onboard the ship. Scenic Eclipse lacks sufficient outdoor space, and sightlines inside are pretty restricted, even in the ship's Observation Lounge.

Still, Scenic Eclipse offers spacious suites, friendly service and a dedicated Discovery expedition team. It's the perfect ship for people who have long considered adventure travel but don't want to sacrifice comfort onboard.


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Fellow Passengers

Passengers sailing on Scenic Eclipse tend to be well-traveled retirees who have a sense of adventure and are used to luxury travel, whether at land or at sea. 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. English is the language onboard, as most passengers speak English as a first language.


Scenic Eclipse Dress Code

Daytime: During the day, passengers dress casually. If they're in port, they're likely wearing layers and clothing that is weather appropriate. Poolside, bathing suits are fully acceptable. Women wear stylish sundresses or cover-ups, while men will wear collared shirts and swim shorts. Exercise attire is the norm for classes and in the wellness areas. Scenic provides a parka for each passenger for its polar sailings -- yours to keep as a memento.

Evening: Scenic recommends elegant casual for most restaurants. For women, that means a dress, skirt or slacks with a blouse or sweater. For men, that means collared shirts and trousers. There are no formal nights onboard. That said, some passengers wear nice jeans to dinner, and no eyebrows are raised.

Not Permitted: Casual wear in restaurants is frowned on, so no shorts or beat-up blue jeans. You might feel out of place wearing those items in the evening.

Scenic Eclipse Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Dining at all restaurants onboard
  • Unlimited beverages
  • Butler service
  • Spa Sanctuary access
  • Gym, yoga and Pilates studio access
  • Expeditions and excursions
  • Gratuities for crew, porters (one bag per person), drivers and excursion guides
  • Daily entertainment and discovery presentations
  • Self-service laundry
  • Wi-Fi
  • Return airport transfers
  • Use of electric-assist bikes
  • Bottled water to take ashore
  • Chef-prepared picnics

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Airfare
  • Tours in the ship's submarine
  • Tours in the ship's helicopter
  • Spa treatments

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Scenic Eclipse Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.9
Dining3.8
Entertainment2.8
Fitness Recreation3.6
FamilyN/A

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Where does Scenic Eclipse sail from?

Scenic Eclipse departs from Callao, Lima, Bergen, Reykjavik and Buenos Aires

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Cruises on Scenic Eclipse start from null per person.

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Scenic Eclipse won 3 awards over the years.

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Scenic Eclipse Member Reviews

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millionmiler
Sail Date: Dec 2019
My bottom line is that Scenic ultimately failed to deliver the “6-star” experience they promoted. I am limiting the review to those aspects of the trip specific to Scenic and the Scenic Eclipse.... Read More
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MeganR
Sail Date: Dec 2019
All in all, we have enjoyed our best cruise ever and will definitely book on Scenic Eclipse again. Might wait for Eclipse 2,3 or 4 that have now officially been commissioned.... Read More
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gloria89145
Sail Date: Dec 2019
We had sailed on the Scenic Pearl river cruise and it was wonderful so we were anxious to try the Scenic Eclipse. We were scheduled for the cruise in 2018 but the ship did not get built in time.... Read More
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Jule30
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Thanks Scenic Eclipse for a wonderful trip!... Read More

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