Scenic Eclipse debuts next-gen submersible in the South Pacific

Scenic Neptune II
Scenic Neptune II

Underwater explorer Scenic Neptune II can travel 100 metres below sea level and offers passengers 270-degree views

Scenic Eclipse II has debuted Scenic Neptune II, a Triton 660/9 AVA underwater submersible in Oceana following successful sea trials and safety certification per Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. The ship launched its inaugural voyage from Valparaiso before making its way across the Pacific.

Jason Flesher, Scenic Director of Discovery Operations said, “our collaboration with Triton Submarines on the custom design of our new submersible reflects our commitment to continuous innovation and leading the way in ultra-luxury yacht cruising.”

Onboard Scenic Eclipse II, guests can expect to see two helicopters and four seabobs that are equipped to guide voyagers below the ocean surface. The submersible is designed for immersive underwater experiences with 270 degree views and diving capacity to 100 metres below the surface.

Voyages aboard the Scenic Eclipse II are all-inclusive. Ten dining experiences plus premium branded beverages, immersive Scenic Discovery and Freechoice excursions, internal flights, transfers and tipping are all included.

The Australia-founded Discovery Yacht will make its Australian arrival on 20 April. The vessel will voyage onwards along the East Coast and Top End of Australia, Kimberly and Indonesian archipelago. Scenic Eclipse II is expected to make further voyages in the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef and East Antarctica in 2024 and 2025. Featured itineraries include an 11 day cruise from Cairns to Darwin and a 13 day cruise from Cairns to Nadi.

On the 11 day cruise, Australia’s Top End: Cape York & Arnhem Land, travellers will be immersed in the country’s ancient indigenous culture while exploring natural wonders. This itinerary aims to bring guests to marine life via activities such as stand-up paddleboarding in Anchor Bay and diving down to the Great Barrier Reef by submersible or seabob.

For 13 days, cruisers can travel from Cairns to Nadi aboard the Passage through Melanesia: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands & Vanuatu itinerary. Reef-fringed volcanic islands and ritual ceremonies in the Solomon Islands await travellers. Guests can enjoy the natural beauty of this region by kayaking around Owaraha’s coral reefs, diving below the surface via seabob, rainforest hiking with the Discovery team or snorkelling.

The 11-day all-inclusive voyage departing 30 April 2024 from $17,075pp, including savings from $3,000pp.

13-day all-inclusive voyage departing 1 October 2024 from $11,375pp, including savings from $5,000pp and a complimentary suite upgrade to Deluxe Verandah.

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