Scenic has confirmed plans to deploy its six-star, ultra-luxury yacht to Australian waters for the first time in mid-2021.
The Australian headquartered travel company has already begun promoting its exclusive Kimberley cruise season aboard Scenic Eclipse with VIP travel agency partners.
Scenic Eclipse will operate a total of six departures on two 11-day Kimberley itineraries between Darwin and Broome (and vice versa), from 19 June to 8 August 2021, available for up to 228 guests.
The departures will be available exclusively to Australians, with Anthony Laver, Group General Manager Sales & Marketing Australasia saying, “We are very proud to bring Scenic Eclipse to our waters for the first time, providing Australians with the opportunity to experience the benchmark in 6-star ultra-luxury cruising.
“Scenic Eclipse’s innovative and intimate yacht design provides a wealth of world-class facilities, choice of dining, relaxation and wellness, combined with unrivalled exploration of the Kimberley’s remarkable coastline. Whether it’s soaring above in our two Airbus HJ130-T2 helicopters or exploring by Zodiac with an expert Discovery Team, our guests will have the ultimate truly all-inclusive ‘ultra-luxury meets discovery ’ experience.”
Highlights of the program include explorations of King Georges River, Hunter River, Montgomery Reef, Talbot Bay, Buccaneer Archipelago and Lacepede Islands.
The 2021 Kimberley program features in a new standalone 48-page digital brochure. The sell pages indicate that guests on Scenic Eclipse will be able to book helicopter flightseeing options above the likes of Mitchell Falls, or experience natural attractions such as Montgomery Reef by zodiac.
It is unclear if the onboard submarine, Scenic Neptune, will be operational on the local voyages. A clause in the brochure states that helicopter and submarine experiences are also subject to regulatory approval.
Prices for the voyages lead-in at $18,740 per person twin share. An early booking discount is offering a saving of 10% on select suites.
Scenic states in the brochure, a number of times, that the Kimberley deployment is subject to the granting of Australian and international regulatory approvals for operations within Australian territorial waters.
Scenic also notes that it is committed to guest Health and Safety, with the Scenic Health & Safety Steering Committee working closely with Cruise Lines International Association, local and international Government Health agencies to “ensure our protocols go above and beyond the latest regulatory requirements”.
“We remain committed to continuously developing the best practice safety standards that go beyond regulatory requirements, including Scenic Eclipse’s advanced HVAC system, which ensures 100% circulation of fresh air in each suite and in public areas,” Scenic added.
Guests on the inaugural Australian deployment will be the first to experience Scenic Eclipse‘s latest innovations, including new cabanas and Panorama Bar on Deck 10, as previously revealed by LATTE, along with the redesigned Yacht Club, Asian fusion dining and Night Markets @ Koko’s and culinary masterclassess.