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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
Scenic Eclipse (Photo: Scenic Cruises)

14 Night
Arctic Islands Svalbard, Greenland And IcelandDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Oslo
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Jul 22, 2024
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Scenic Eclipse
Scenic Eclipse (Photo: Scenic Cruises)

8 Night
Uruguay & Brazil UncoveredDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Montevideo
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Mar 13, 2024
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Scenic Eclipse
Scenic Eclipse (Photo: Scenic Cruises)

10 Night
The Hidden Wonders Of The MediterraneanDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Malta
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
May 18, 2024
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Scenic Eclipse
Scenic Eclipse (Photo: Scenic Cruises)

15 Night
Beyond The Antarctic CircleDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Feb 9, 2024
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12 Night
Antarctica In DepthDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
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10 Night
Norwegian Fjords & Lofoten IslandsDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Rosyth
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Jun 15, 2024
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11 Night
Beyond The Arctic CircleDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Tromso
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Jul 12, 2024
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11 Night
Japan: A Journey Through TimeDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Hokkaido
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Jun 21, 2023
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8 Night
Scottish Isles: Historic Trails & WildernessDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Jun 7, 2024
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15 Night
Antarctica & The Weddell SeaDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Dec 13, 2023
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26 Night
The Brazilian Coast, Antarctica & South GeorgiaDetails

34 Reviews
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Oct 27, 2023
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10 Night
Heritage & Traditions Of Western EuropeDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
May 28, 2024
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26 Night
Antarctica, South Georgia & Torres Del Paine - A C...Details

34 Reviews
Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Feb 16, 2024
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10 Night
Incredible Iberian DiscoveryDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Oct 1, 2023
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Greenland ExplorerDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Scenic Luxury Ocean
Aug 23, 2024
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Scenic Ocean Cruise 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

A superb boat, great trip and some massive highlights

The locations and wildlife sightings were great.Crew great - Damir, gregg, Christian, Deane stop out.Read More
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Reading ned

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Great Ship - not worth the price.

I did get one cooking demo (excellent) and a whiskey tasting (not top shelf and not very knowledgeable) both times from a waiting list.We were selected for a helicopter ride at the same time as our first kayak opportunity- we asking to move to a later helicopter ride but never heard from them again and never made it to the top of the list again - no helicopter.Read More
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Bill911

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

An experience it is hard to put into words

The design of the ship is such that it is very stable and safe in high seas (external balconies breaking the momentum of any rogue waves), which when combined with state of the art stabilisers, a first class captain and crew, and a multi talented and experienced discovery team led by a hugely experienced expedition leader (in our case Boris Wise) meant that we felt safe at all times as we explored this amazing part of the world.Although helicopters terrify me, we did the most amazing trip flight over Antarctica, the pilot was so safety conscious, engaging and had done all of his research on the area and it was the most spectacular experience, with unrivalled scenery.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Great ship and crew; horrible company.

The only way to get back to peak season was to book Antarctica Cruise only, but South Georgia was a priority for me, so I was stuck, and booked for the shoulder season departure (Scenic knew exactly what they were doing – many of the passengers on this sailing were rebookings and well, so Scenic got to charge more for shoulder season departure with captive customers).August 2020 – Dec 4 Sailing for Scenic Eclipse for Sailing Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica cancelled due to COVID.Read More
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jims4214

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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