Scenic Eclipse ll Raises the Bar

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The new Scenic Eclipse ll sails out of the Miami Harbor.Scenic’s new Discovery Yacht sets high standards for modern
luxury and top-tier incentives.

As 6-star polar cruisers, the Discovery Yacht Scenic Eclipse and its new sister vessel, Scenic Eclipse ll, have state-of-the-art credentials for navigating challenging seas on expedition voyages. They also reflect a singular experience that feels ultra-luxe yet relaxed and unpretentious. The attention to detail on every level is remarkable. Sailing on these 228-passenger vessels, with butler service, 10 dining options and many all-inclusive, high-end amenities would be equally special on a tranquil Caribbean voyage.

I recently had the opportunity to tour Scenic Eclipse ll when it was docked in the Port of Miami. Having sailed on the original ship, I  recognized the overall flow and modern, yacht-like design esthetic on Eclipse 11, along with some thoughtful changes and enhancements. Mirror TVs in the staterooms, which were difficult to view from bed, have been replaced with flat-screen TVs that swivel. Enhancements in the two top-tier owner’s penthouse suites, with 646 sq-ft wraparound balconies and 1,453 sq-ft of posh living and sleeping space, include a spa bathroom with steam shower and two infrared seats that warm the body through ergonomic backrests. These same types of seats have been installed in the expanded spa’s salt therapy lounge. The spa also features a larger steam room with aromatherapy, an ice fountain, and “experience” showers with water at different temperatures and intensities.

The Panorama Bar

The biggest architectural changes on the new ship are on deck 10, where two new “vitality” pools (combining heat, massage and movement) and the chic Panorama Bar invite relaxation. Epicure, a new culinary demonstration and dining area for guests, is expected to open soon.

Not seen on my tour but due to be ready for the ship’s first Antarctica voyage, is the next generation state-of-the-art submersible, Scenic Neptune II.

“At Scenic, once enhancements are completed, we look at upgrading earlier ships the same way,” Ken Muskat, managing director, Scenic Group, told Prevue. “We want to ensure that all ships meet the same standards.”

MICE Options from Scenic Group

Scenic’s full fleet of ocean and river ships, which also includes the 100-passenger Emerald Azzurra super yacht and new sister ship Emerald Sakara, are available for full and partial group buyouts.  “We’re seeing lots of activity from the incentive market,” said Muskat, “with a record amount of charters booked for 2025. The Emerald yachts are huge for incentive programs. For group buyouts, it feels like having your own yacht.” Scenic group recently released two brochures detailing MICE programs across their ocean and river fleets.

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