Cruise: ‘Green shoots of optimism’ for cruise holidays as new itineraries are launched

Scenic Eclipse megayacht captains discuss sailing in Antarctica

For the majority of cruise lines, 2020 has been a devastating year. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many cruise lines found themselves docked, with little opportunity to take to the seas.

However, there are “green shoots of optimism” already starting to show according to a Scenic Cruises boss.

In fact, the cruise line is already preparing for the positivity which they believe is ahead, by launching a new itinerary of cruises.

“This is yet another milestone for the whole team at Scenic,” said Martin Solly, brand manager at Scenic Eclipse UK.

“As the travel industry begins to recover, we are starting to see green shoots of optimism.

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“We are very much looking forward to exploring our precious world with our guests again.

“We knew we had to continue to innovate with our ultra-luxury yacht collection for 2022/23, with our new programme setting the benchmark once again.

“We’ve expanded and enhanced our discovery experience for the upcoming seasons to ensure when we welcome guests on board again, they have an even more incredible journey.”

The cruise line has added to its robust offering with a new selection of Worldwide Discovery Voyages for 2022 and 2023.

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As a result, Scenic’s programme now covering six continents, with the Scenic Eclipse super yacht visiting 35 countries worldwide.

Some of the new routes include an enhances route through Antarctica, a tour of Russia’s far East, an adventure through the Pacific Ring of Fire, a journey across the Northeast Passage, and a selection of new itineraries in Japan.

“The first season of Scenic Eclipse through destinations including the Arctic, Antarctica, Central and South America, and the Caribbean was such a resounding success that we knew we had to continue to innovate with our ultra-luxury yacht collection for 2022/23,” said Lisa Bolton, general manager of product at Scenic.

“The world-class design of Scenic Eclipse allows us to explore further and provide our guests with highly personalised experiences,” continued Mr Solly.

“Ensuring full immersion in the culture, nature and wildlife of a destination is what Scenic Eclipse does best.

“Our new programme sets the benchmark again, from new itineraries taking guests across the Antarctic Circle to our first-ever itineraries to Japan and the Russian Arctic.”

Eager adventurers also have the opportunity to snap up a discount on one of these cruises.

In celebration of the launch, Scenic is offering savings of up to 20 percent on selected voyages for bookings paid in full 12 months prior to departure. All new 2022/23 bookings are covered by Scenic’s flexible booking policy, enabling guests to defer their cruise to another travel date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure.

They also benefit from Scenic’s Deposit Protection Plan.

This means holidaymakers who have paid part, or all, of their cruise deposit and suddenly want to cancel will not lose their money.

Instead, they will be able to use the deposit towards an alternative tour in the future.

However, in order to do so, they must book within 24 months of cancellation.

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