National Geographic and Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours are partnering to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These itineraries combine Scenic’s all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic’s legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create unforgettable experiences along the waterways of Europe and South East Asia.
The first sailing under the venture will be on the Irrawaddy aboard Scenic Aura, departing on 23 December 2018, with future departures in the pipeline for 2019.
Aboard each Scenic river cruise expedition a National Geographic Expert will join guests to share their knowledge and insights, and enrich the experience through fascinating presentations and informal discussions. A National Geographic photographer, who will offer photography tips on technique and artistry, will also join European river cruising itineraries.
“We are proud to align ourselves with a brand as historic and well respected as National Geographic,” said Lisa Bolton, General Manager Product, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. “We believe Scenic’s commitment to providing guests with an exceptional five-star, all-inclusive river cruise experience is a perfect complement to the enriching and authentic experiences for which National Geographic is known.
“Scenic’s shared passion for discovery, curiosity about history, a fascination for the world’s cultures, and desire to preserve its future has led to its partnership with National Geographic to offer unique river cruise expeditions that explore the far corners of the world. We are delighted to align ourselves with an organisation for which the pursuit of wonder through travel is as important as it is to us”.
National Geographic General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Tim Jones said: “Our trips are designed to celebrate remarkable destinations, to foster genuine interactions with local cultures, and to promote a deeper understanding of the natural world. Bringing river cruises into our portfolio allows travellers to discover spectacular parts of the world in a unique way.
We are pleased to partner with Scenic, as they share our commitment to delivering outstanding experiences to guests.
National Geographic General Manager Australia/New Zealand, Tim Jones
“Each river cruise offers guests National Geographic’s unique access, knowledge and the ability to give back. From these river cruises, a portion of the profits will be donated to the National Geographic Society, which supports researchers and experts engaged in protecting and preserving the planet and its various species and populations”.
This partnership between Scenic and National Geographic will offer numerous itineraries through Europe: on the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle Rivers; in Holland and Belgium; through France’s Bordeaux region and Portugal’s Douro Valley; and on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.
Drawing on the National Geographic Society’s 130 years of exploration and storytelling, National Geographic Expeditions offers a wide range of unique travel experiences, including small ship voyages, private jet expeditions, small group tours, private tours, a collection of luxury sustainable lodges and more.
Trips are organised in over 80 countries on all seven continents, from the tropical atolls of French Polynesia to the peaks of Nepal and the ice world of the Arctic.