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)

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Circumnavigating Iceland & Crossing The Arctic Cir...

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Scenic Eclipse
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8 Night
Northern Europe Discovery: Iceland & Norway

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Scenic Eclipse
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Heritage & Traditions Of Western Europe

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The Hidden Wonders Of The Mediterranean

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

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15 Night
Norwegian Fjords & Crossing The Arctic Circle

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Beyond The Antarctic Circle

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21 Night
Antarctica, Argentina & Brazil - Cruise & Land Jou...

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12 Night
Island Odyssey: Bahamas To The Grenadines

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12 Night
Northern Legends: Ireland, Scotland & Iceland

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11 Night
Rhythms Of The Brazilian Coastline

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Uncover Greenland & Canada

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Eastern Greenland Expedition & The Land Of Fire &...

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Tastes Of Norway & Iceland

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Crossing The Equator: Rio To The Spanish Riviera

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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: Beyond the Antarctic Circle

When you land, you will likely go right to the ship, with little or no time, unfortunately, to explore the local area (people on other sailings reported that they did have some time; I guess it all depends on flights, etc.The ship, Scenic Eclipse II (Eclipse I is a sister ship with minor differences) was just wonderful.Read More
CruiseCritter01

many10+ Cruises

Age 73s

Amazing Memorable Experience In Every Way!!

After a full day of activities, it was so very nice to come back to a beautiful ship and amazing food waiting for us.All the staff on this cruise worked very hard to help make your experience a pleasurable one.Read More
Jmcp62

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 62s

WOW!

The ship is amazing, the crew is amazing, the food is amazing and the destinations and experiences are amazing!The food variety and quality is unbelievable.Read More
Scenic Eclipse Convert

few6-10 Cruises

Age 56s

Disappointment

They were no help in assisting us with flight arrangements, overnight hotel and we even had to call our own taxi when we left the ship.1 1/2 days before departure we were told that our ship would dock at 9:00 and couldn't leave the ship until at least 9:30.Read More
beanlm

few6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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