Thursday 29 September 2022

Scenic Eclipse Northwest Passage expedition acclaimed


Scenic Eclipse has accomplished the first-ever combined helicopter^ flight and submarine^ dive operations in the Canadian Arctic on its recent inaugural expedition across the Northwest Passage. Scenic is encouraging guests to secure their place on next year's voyage with exclusive savings and limited suites still available. 

Linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Northwest Passage has for centuries remained impassable, and ice-blocked, with many legendary explorers trying to carve a way through. Now, the  Northwest Passage, accessible for only three weeks each year and still beyond the travel of many, is a highlight of the Scenic Eclipse ultra-luxury Arctic expedition program.  

“It is the ultimate journey, cruising through three different oceans far removed from populated areas. Scenic Eclipse’s state-of-the-art technology allows for smooth navigation in these waters, thanks to its  Polar Class 6 rating, electronic Azipod propulsion system and oversized stabilisers” said Captain  Erwan le Rouzic. 

Scenic Eclipse has provided the platform for discovery experiences crucial to accessing these remote viewing opportunities, to deliver once-in-a-lifetime encounters. Whether this includes soaring high above Arctic fjords and glaciers by helicopter^ to diving below pristine waters by submarine^. The  Northwest Passage offers some of the rarest opportunities to view wildlife in the world with Scenic Eclipse’s most recent voyage sighting a staggering 62 polar bears as well as narwhals, belugas,  northern right whales, sea lions, and snowy owls.  

“Being able to discover such a remote, almost untouched wilderness, with the combination of so many experiences - from the sky by helicopter, underneath the surface by submarine, on the water by  Zodiac or on land – while cruising with the unrivalled ultra-luxury comfort and safety of Scenic Eclipse,  is truly remarkable. The diversity of the experiences offered, the incredible wildlife viewing, and the support of a dedicated expert crew made the recent voyage, a once-in-a-lifetime experience” said  Captain Erwan le Rouzic.  

Up close encounters with local indigenous cultures are another highlight of the 22-day itinerary, with a  special viewing of Inuit cultural performances during various community visits. Plus, Scenic Eclipse has become the first vessel to return the favour, with Scenic ship’s performers providing a concert for the local residents with an impromptu throat singing concert, held on board in the lounge while in Gjoa  Haven, delighting guests and crew alike. 

Scenic Eclipse Expedition Leader, Danny Johnston said “Wrapped up in layers of Inuit and pre-Inuit  habitation, European exploration, ever-changing ice, weather and wildlife conditions, a journey  through the Northwest Passage is never the same twice, and mystery lies around every corner.” 

22-Day Across the Northwest Passage 

Departing 29 July 2023 

Sailing from Nome, Alaska to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, the 22-Day Northwest Passage Expedition Voyage traverses one of the world’s last frontiers, encountering remote fjords, glaciers, and uninhabited islands in Canada’s and Greenland’s high Arctic. Pass through the Bering Strait, a narrow 82-kilometre waterway, before arriving at Herschel Island. 

Explore the island by Zodiac, kayak and disembark onshore before learning about the Thule and Inuit cultures which inhabit Greenland. Spot rare wondrous wildlife on the shores, soar above in one of two Scenic helicopters^ or dive below by submarine^. Explore Beechey Island with your expert  Discovery Team, home to 400,000 nesting birds and the graves of three members of the ill-fated 1845  Franklin Expedition. Step foot on a lonely isle, the largest uninhabited island on Earth, Devon Island,  last inhabited by the Thule settlement in circa1000 AD. Visit a small Inuit settlement on Baffin Island,  surrounded by snow-capped mountains, fjords and glaciers before hiking to the Sisimiut viewpoint at  Sisimiut.  

This 22-day voyage commences from Anchorage and calls at Nome (fly from Anchorage to embark in  Nome) and concludes in Copenhagen. Daily excursions are included to encounter wild and remote fjords, glaciers, harbours and uninhabited islands that dot the archipelago of Canada’s High Arctic.  Limited suites are available for select 2023 voyages, departing on 29 July 2023. Prices start from $34,590pp* based on a Verandah Suite which includes a Super Earlybird saving of  $7,160pp. Plus a $2,000pp* credit towards your airfare. 

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All Scenic Eclipse voyages are truly all-inclusive, meaning guests can leave their wallet in a safe place and relax, knowing everything is taken care of. Internal flights, transfers, fine dining experiences, premium branded beverages and once-in-a-lifetime immersive excursions are all included in the voyage price. 

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