This promises to be a rare combination: a stylish and elegant ship, with the cutting edge technology and equipment of a state-of-the-art expedition vessel. This will be Scenic’s first foray into the world of expedition cruising, having established themselves in the touring and river cruise market, and the ship will be equipped with an ice-strengthened hull, a helicopter and even a seven-seater submarine!
Scenic is an Australian company, which began in 1986 by offering coach tours along the Great Ocean Road. Over the years the company grew and in 2008 they successfully launched a European river cruise programme, building their own fleet of innovative vessels positioned at the luxury end of the European river cruise market.
With a number of exciting features, it's set to be the most luxurious expedition vessel ever to launch. She will have an Ice Class 1A Super rating, the highest rating possible (except that of an ice breaker), to allow navigation through the icy waters of the polar regions to reach the most remote landing sites. There will be a helicopter and a seven man submersible, plus a fleet of zodiacs to provide the included excursions for the 228 guests (limited to 200 in the polar regions). Kayaks, snorkelling and scuba diving will also be available.
Every room will have a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows for unrivalled views of the scenery outside, which a big plus when you are visiting some of the world's most remote and fascinating landscapes.
There will be six dining options on board, a spa, an indoor heated pool with retractable roof, plunge pools, a gym, a yoga and pilates studio, and a 240-seat theatre, essential for lectures and briefings. All meals, drinks (including premium spirits), gratuities, butler service and WiFi are included, along with a selection of Scenic Freechoice activities and Scenic Enrich special events.