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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)

10 Night
Heritage & Traditions Of Western Europe

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12 Night
Antarctica In Depth

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8 Night
Italian Treasures

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20 Night
Antarctica & Torres Del Paine - Cruise & Land Jour...

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21 Night
Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

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Cultural Gems & Fortified Cities Of Western Europe

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Norwegian Fjords & Lofoten Islands

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16 Night
Grand Circumnavigation Of Japan

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Wild Arctic & Franz Josef

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Incredible Iberian Discovery

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Uruguay & Brazil Uncovered

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Scottish Historic Trails, Wilderness & Norwegian F...

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Scottish Isles: Historic Trails & Wilderness

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Antarctica In Depth: A Magical Christmas

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Antarctica, South Georgia & Torres Del Paine - A C...

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Scenic Ocean Cruise 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 Fails the Basics - forget about luxury or details

No message of "we'll make it up to you" nothing close to "Passengers are our first priority", and certainly nothing close to an apology.This message of the company over the passenger was disturbing.Read More
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SomeTraveler

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Incredible Iberian Discovery - inaugural sailing for Scenic Eclipse II

My overall impression was at inaugural sailing they were not ready for prime-time.We were on deck 5 and were advised that room was ready within 90-minutes of boarding.Read More
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travellingbearsva

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Could have been perfect

was concerned about the community feel of the ship but wasn’t at all a problem with beautiful spacious lounge with great bar and staff - as well as the trivia.)Beach opportunities were great and well arranged.Read More
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Trishmc170

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Antarctica on Scenic was a Dream!!

Cruise started off rough when we were not included in priority boarding, so we were not feeling so go about things to come, But once on board, things were looking up when we met our Butler Vladimir.Things could have problems along the way, but Scenic did nothing but go above and beyond in every way!!Read More
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76697669Vann

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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