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Review: Scenic Eclipse

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Reviewed by Janice Wald Henderson

What is the line? Scenic Cruises

Name of ship? Scenic Eclipse

Passenger occupancy? 228 (200 in polar regions)

Itinerary? Halifax, Nova Scotia, to New York

Start out with the big picture—what is this cruise line known for?

Scenic began in 1986 as Scenic Tours, an Aussie company operating coach tours. In 2005, Scenic entered the European riverboat market and in 2008, introduced its own posh riverboats—the first to sail on European waterways with outside balconies. With Scenic Eclipse ’s debut in 2019 as a “discovery yacht,” the brand drew a larger American audience to its river and ocean vessels. Passengers on board Scenic ships tend to be 55-plus, sophisticated travelers who want the best food, wine, accommodations, and service. The brand's devotees are eager to check out the slightly tweaked Scenic Eclipse II , which debuted in August 2023.

Tell us about the ship in general:

In 2019, the expedition cruise world was abuzz over the 228-passenger, all-suite Scenic Eclipse launch. This ultra-luxe polar ice-class ship resembles a yacht, yet still possesses all the right adventure toys, like helicopters, a submarine, Zodiacs, and kayaks. Oversized stabilizers assist with smoother sails and anchorless positioning keeps seafloors safe.

The vibes on board the Scenic Eclipse are sexier than other expedition ships: Think soft lighting, edgy furnishings, and many cozy corners for snuggling while sipping custom mixology cocktails. Modern art and eye-catching sculptures dot decks, adding extra panache. An almost one-to-one passenger-crew ratio delivers near-instantaneous service. So many amenities—like in-suite dining, alcohol, shore excursions, gratuities, ship transfers, and butler service—are included in cruise fares. Tom Göetter, the savvy corporate executive chef, oversees 10 complimentary dining options. I sailed with this top toque and his modern global cooking blew me away. (No wonder; turns out he was a Top Chef finalist in Germany, and appeared on the 20th anniversary Top Chef: World All-Stars .)

Who is onboard?

The group depends upon the itinerary. On more adventurous polar sails, well-heeled 30-, 40-, and 50-somethings prevail, eager to check off their bucket-lists. Tamer cultural itineraries may draw a 55-plus crowd. Count on interacting with more couples than groups of friends, a mix of well-traveled Americans, Europeans, and Aussies, gleefully pursuing the good life at sea.

Describe the cabins:

Scenic Eclipse offers 114 suites across five decks. I stayed in a deluxe verandah suite, which runs between 344 to 366 square feet. The king bed was comfortable and the pillow menu is a pampering touch. The décor, with clean modern lines and neutral hues, felt fresh. Shoutout to Scenic co-owner Karen Maroney for including Dyson hairdryers with numerous attachments, including a diffuser—a must for curly-haired cruisers like me. Ambient lighting provided modes for every mood.

The sofa and pouf by the marble table delivered enough chill space. My butler did all the right butler things, like bringing morning coffee (although I could use my Illy machine) and restocking my complimentary minibar with vodka.

Another suite plus was the unusual quietness; I didn’t hear any neighboring noise as can often happen on ships, even luxury ones. I spent much time on my balcony—so idyllic for soaking up views or ogling the sunset over flutes of bubbly.

The ship's Grand Deluxe Suites, the next highest level, deliver more space—up to 430 square feet. Spa Suites dramatically increase the luxury: the living rooms are larger and the double-size Philippe Starck bath design includes vitality mist showers with color-light therapy, and glass partitions that switch between clear and opaque. Plus, passengers receive a complimentary one-hour spa treatment and priority shore excursion selections, among various perks. Panorama and Grand Panorama Suites overlook the bow and are huge—between 1,130 and 1,184 square feet—and include such posh appointments as spacious terraces with sun loungers and priority for, well, everything. Owner’s Penthouse Suites run more than 2,000 square feet; count the spa day bed that transforms into a treatment table for a private experience, and a spa pool, among other amenities.

Tell us about the crew:

A one-to-one passenger-crew ratio ensures service excels. Butlers attend to all passengers, fetching cocktails, making dinner reservations, and handling just about every request, whether for onboard or ashore. I found my dark-suited (no tux) white-gloved butler appropriately formal. Overall, the crew—particularly servers—are relaxed and friendly, embracing a private yacht demeanor more than the stiffer one seen on traditional cruise or expedition ships. Kudos to the shore excursion staff, who dealt with changing weather conditions and the ability to board the submarine with aplomb.

What food and drink options are available on board?

Scenic Eclipse offers 10 complimentary dining choices, including 24-hour in-suite service. I was impressed with the modernness of the sophisticated cuisine and the quality ingredients.

I ate my way through most restaurants and determined Sushi@Koko’s as a favorite. Here, you hop on a bar stool or sit at a countertop overlooking the ocean and tuck into the freshest fish—sashimi like yellowtail, and sushi such as ebi (sweet shrimp). The adjacent Koko’s masters Asian fusion; don’t miss the Thai pumpkin coconut soup with grated ginger and lemongrass. The sunken seating and the chance to share multiple dishes with friends made for great fun and good eats.

Reservations are needed for Night Market@Koko’s, where just eight guests sit at a teppanyaki grill while a chef prepares night market-influenced plates with Asian, Indian, or Middle Eastern flavors. Sadly, this tiny eatery opened after I sailed. I can’t wait to try it.

Applause, also, to the Yacht Club, for casual breakfasts and lunches big on flavor and healthy ingredients. Since I’ve been onboard, the indoor pool was (rightfully) removed from the area, creating more lounging space, both inside and out. I often wandered into the all-day Azure Bar & Café for a macaron or barista-made espresso. Lumière, a contemporary and sophisticated French restaurant, also won my heart (and stomach). The onion soup with double oxtail wagyu beef consommé, and grilled duck breast with leg confit, are standouts.

How lovely to sit at a bar where someone pours 1 er (Michel Forge Brut NV) and Grand Cru Champagne (Autréau Blanc de Blancs NV). These are smaller house bubbly, rather than luxe ship’s usual big-house offerings. Servers also present luscious nibbles like fried oysters and caviar.

Main dining room Elements completely satisfied. Servers clad in black vests and black ties act attentive yet not intrusive, and the menu meanders between Italian dishes and American favorites like steak and seafood.

I’d be remiss to not dive deeper into the complimentary alcohol. The buzzy Whiskey Bar, with more than 130 bottles including 12-year-old Yamazaki and 14-year-old Balvenie, is a well-deserved passenger hangout. I already mentioned the of-the-moment Champagne bar. Restaurant wine lists also emphasize smaller vintners, with detailed bottle descriptions.

Is there a spa on board and is it worth visiting?

Senses Spa is humungous: 5,920 square feet for indulging in treatments and staying fit in a fully equipped gym and yoga and Pilates studio. Expect indoor and outdoor vitality pools, Jacuzzis, women’s and men’s saunas, steam rooms and relaxation lounges, thermal loungers and experience showers, among wellness amenities. Note Japanese shiatsu and Ayurvedic massages among less typical therapies. I didn’t have a treatment but I did take a Tibetan Bowl sound healing session. I entered the room skeptical and emerged hooked. Lying on a mat and listening to the tones felt relaxing and invigorating all at once.

How about the activities and entertainment?

As Scenic Eclipse is an expedition ship, most activities revolve around outings off the vessel, via kayaks, paddleboards, E-bikes, water skis, Zodiacs, helicopters, and submarine. Onboard, passengers can soak in an outdoor Jacuzzi. The up to 20-member expedition team often give talks, and I did take in a lecture or two; the speakers were engaging.

Local entertainment may perform in the spacious theater, though I didn’t catch any shows. I did take an impressive cooking class in Scenic Epicure. While classes are not hands-on, you can learn more about the chef, carefully watch him work, and learn some clever hacks.

How was the experience for families?

Children 12 and up are welcome onboard. I didn’t see any on my sailing, but I imagine at this luxury level, they’re well-traveled and well-behaved. I’ve been told that while the ship doesn’t offer kids special activities, the crew showers them with special attention.

Where did it sail and how were the excursions? Did anything stand out?

My voyage sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to New York. Unfortunately, stormy weather ruled out water sports and the submarine. However, I went on fun land excursions, such as a Halifax walking tour that was spellbinding. Our charismatic local guide was incredibly well-versed in Halifax fact and lore—he even shared ghost stories that gave me goosebumps.

In Newport, Rhode Island, a guide led us through jaw-droppingly beautiful, insanely lavish Gilded Age mansions. We also visited Boston, where I explored solo as I know the city well. Such sails are typical East Coast fall foliage cruises, although most begin in Montreal or Quebec City and traverse between Canada and New York. You can score this itinerary on many ships, ranging from mass-market to boutique ultra-luxe lines.

Are there any stand out sustainability or green initiatives about this cruise?

Good to know that the ship provides 100% fresh air throughout the ship, including suites. With anchorless positioning, the seafloor is undisturbed. Newer emission technology and low-sulphur fuel are used.

Anything we missed?

The ship offers complimentary exclusive private dinners, dubbed Chef’s Table@Elements, by invitation only. I’m not sure how you score an invite (I’m guessing it’s for occupants of the priciest suites and other such VIPs), but I did manage to dine here with nine other guests once. The an 11-course degustation tasting is held in a private dining room off of Elements, where each dish is paired with wine. The head chef introduces each course, and as you dine, you see white-toque chefs slicing, dicing, searing, and plating through a glass window.

Finally, give a sentence or two on why the cruise is worth booking.

I’d pretty much sail anywhere on Scenic Eclipse, even if the itinerary leaned more cultural than expedition. The ship is so stylish and the service and cuisine is superb.

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TPG's first look at expedition cruise ship Scenic Eclipse: What I loved and what needs work

Ashley Kosciolek

Editor's Note

Scenic Eclipse, the James Bond of ships, is elegant yet formidable.

The ship is the first expedition-focused vessel from Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, a cruise line known for its upscale river cruises and land-based trips.

Until recently, expedition ships were spartan, offering only bare-bones amenities and less-than-swanky accommodations. However, Scenic is among a number of lines bringing luxury to the adventure cruising scene. I expected the line would get the upscale touches right, and indeed, Eclipse is over-the-top elegant without trying too hard. However, does the ship blend style and function?

The answer: Yes. Seamlessly.

I've just disembarked my first-ever expedition cruise, an 11-day voyage to the Arctic, and I'm in love. Not just with the stunning scenery and cute animals, but with this ship which, like the polar bears we watched from its observation decks, commands respect because it's built to survive the terrain and is fully capable of doing so.

Scenic Eclipse is small in size, holding only 200 passengers. It's able to visit remote places that many other cruise ships can't. In that, it feels exclusive.

However, its welcoming interior belies a reinforced hull that can break through first-year ice with ease. I soaked in the magic of the region in absolute comfort while surrounded by landscapes many early explorers found to be deadly. The disparity was thrilling.

Nearly three years after it first set sail — and more than two years after its initial voyages were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic — the ship quietly arrived in the Arctic for the first time, bringing with it improvements from initial rounds of passenger feedback. Here are my impressions of the first in Scenic's line of luxury expedition vessels.

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What I loved

Form and function.

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Scenic Eclipse resembles a large yacht rather than a standard cruise ship — and its aura of sophistication and exclusivity made me feel like royalty. A powerhouse in the luxury space, Scenic knows a thing or two about pampering its passengers, so I wasn't surprised that the line nailed that part.

What fascinated me more was how well the ship was built to handle the wilderness of polar cruising and how successfully practical spaces were incorporated into its gorgeous design. In other words, the vessel isn't merely pretty; it's functional. The juxtaposition doesn't go unnoticed.

Underneath the ship's sleek exterior are a slew of amenities. They include a central lounge and bar serving 130 different whiskies (all of them free), a theater with cushy leather lounge chairs instead of standard seating, a high-end spa, a specially designed kitchen space for cooking classes and even a submarine and pair of helicopters for passengers who want to take their excursions to the next level.

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Mudrooms are standard on expedition ships. However, I was surprised by how Scenic Eclipse made this mundane room feel fancy with its leather seating, simple-but-polished design and orderly cubbies for storing Muck boots, which are provided to passengers for use during sailings.

It also doubles as well-organized storage for kayaking suits, booties, gloves and life jackets, which are doled out by the kayaking leaders before each excursion.

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Everything — mudroom, laundry room, boot cleaners and water sports equipment storage on the lowest decks — is laid out to maximize efficiency and keep the grime away from other areas of the ship, allowing intrepid exploration to harmoniously coexist with the leisurely way of life on board.

Even the superstructure is designed to allow for upscale functionality, with the vessel's aft exterior walls able to fold in to allow room for the helicopters to take off and land. (Note: Scenic Eclipse is not allowed to use the helicopters in the Arctic.) It's also outfitted with stabilizers, so efficient we barely felt any movement during the voyage.

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, the ship runs on cleaner-burning fuel. It also employs some fancy technology, such as a dynamic positioning system (instead of anchors, which can harm the ocean floor and wildlife living in the off-the-beaten-path places where it sails) that uses GPS coordinates and thrusters to keep the ship in one spot when it stops.

Public spaces

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My favorite space on the ship was the Scenic Lounge, where passengers can sprawl out in alcoves in what feels like a cozy living room flanked by the guest services desk and the aforementioned whiskey bar. It made me want to curl up on a couch and read in my pajamas, but I resisted the urge.

With furnishings crafted from sustainable materials, the lounge is the central location for daily trivia hosted by the entertainment staff, as well as the meeting point for daily excursions, which are organized by color groups.

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The observation lounge, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sitting areas, was my second-favorite onboard area. It was almost always underused, which meant I could find a quiet place to work, read (it's also the ship's library) or grab a cup of coffee while staring out at the scenery.

Sadly, the self-serve coffee machine was often empty, and when it worked, the drinks tasted watered down. The full wall of gourmet Kusmi teas made up for it, though.

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My only gripe (and it's been echoed by passengers before me): The sightlines here are truncated by the vessel's bow, so it doesn't offer the uninterrupted views you'd expect from an observation lounge.

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One of the other complaints passengers reported when Scenic Eclipse debuted was an ill-placed indoor pool found smack in the center of the ship's buffet. The line took note and removed the buffet pool, replacing it with an open seating area. (The move did leave the ship without a main pool, though passengers can take a dip in either of the two tiny plunge pools in the spa.)

Seeing what the venue looks like now, I can't imagine how cramped, humid and loud it must have been trying to eat with fellow passengers splashing away in the same enclosed space. Now, the area has much more seating and offers one of the most aesthetically pleasing buffet experiences I've ever had at sea, along with superb food.

Expedition guides and entertainment leaders

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Normally I shout out the crew on ships where service is stellar. On Scenic Eclipse, my butler, room steward and the guest services team were phenomenal, as one might expect on a cruise vessel of this caliber. However, here I want to focus on two groups of staff who truly set this cruise apart: the entertainment leaders and the expedition guides.

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Cruise director Amy and her assistant, Pablo, led daily trivia, often with fun twists like musical clues that they sang themselves.

On a ship so tiny, there were trivia regulars, including the people in my group and me. On days when we missed the quizzes because they conflicted with excursions, they found time to read us the questions later in the day and provided additional brain teasers like word scrambles and rebus puzzles.

Additionally, the ship's expedition guides, who were friendly and exceedingly knowledgeable about all things flora, fauna, rocks and ice, were quick to answer questions and share their vast wealth of facts. Everyone I encountered was accommodating and insightful.

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They led us on daily Zodiac sailings, kayaking excursions and hikes, where they pointed out wildlife and remnants from previous visitors to the areas where we landed. They discussed flowers and the differences between local birds. They talked about why female polar bears are the ones to wear collars and how long they stay with their young. They also gave daily enrichment presentations, where they shared information about the history of Svalbard and quirky tidbits like how many McDonald's Big Macs an adult human would have to consume for enough energy to trek through the Arctic.

They were allowed to be more social with passengers than on more mainstream vessels, which created an extra layer of personalization. If invited, they were permitted to join us for dinner, which they did on several occasions. It was during mealtimes that we learned more about how they started their careers and what continues to draw them back on board.

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What might not be immediately apparent is that Scenic Eclipse offers an outsized number of dining options for a ship of this class. Each venue is small, but the menus are practically perfect in terms of selection. They're also delightfully fancy — but no egos get in the way of special requests or substitutions.

As a somewhat picky eater, I'm not a fan of certain types of meat and was worried I'd be hard-pressed to enjoy some of the restaurants on the ship. It turns out my fears were completely unfounded, and the culinary staff couldn't have been more gracious in accommodating my likes and dislikes.

At the reservation-only venues — including French restaurant Lumiere, Koko's Sushi and Night Market teppanyaki, as well as the chef's table (by invitation) — I was able to either find something I liked on the menu or request a vegetarian substitute. At Lumiere, I opted for a fabulous plant-based steak, and before dining at the chef's table, a quick call to the front desk meant my candied foie gras was replaced by an exquisite candied date instead.

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A vegetarian travel companion commented that she was impressed with the selection for people who don't eat meat at all, grateful that it extended beyond merely steamed vegetables and French fries.

My favorite food items from this trip were a Mediterranean tuna taco and falafel with beetroot and yogurt from the Night Market, which featured a new cuisine each night; a beef stick made to look like a cigar at the Chef's Table; and chicken tikka masala from the Yacht Club buffet.

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Other standouts included Swedish pancakes with lingonberries from the room service breakfast menu; cookies, a hamburger, fruit pavlovas and Margherita pizza from the Azure Cafe; and truffle fries and daily risotto creations in Elements, the Italian restaurant.

Oh, and whatever you do, don't miss the out-of-this-world grape cotton candy from Koko's, which houses two Asian dining options, including a sushi venue that has all of its fish flown in from Japan.

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For travelers who like to cook their own meals, there's also a special kitchen where passengers can sign up to cook with the chef.

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As for drinks, remember to ask your expedition guide if you can grab a chunk of ice from a nearby glacier to take back on board after a Zodiac tour. The bar staff will rinse it and break it up for use in your favorite cocktails. (You can hear it snap, crackle and pop as it melts in your glass and releases air bubbles trapped inside.)

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In line with the rest of the ship, the cabins on Scenic Eclipse are ritzy but somewhat dark. Most of the time, that wasn't a problem for me, as it created a feeling of calm.

Everything is high-end, from the beds that adjust with remote controls and Illy coffee machines to the rainfall showerheads and Dyson hair dryers. (Finally, a ship hair dryer that actually worked — perhaps a little too forcefully, given how thoroughly it knotted my hair.)

All cabins are suites, offering far more space than what you'll find on most other ships — especially expedition vessels — and they're gloriously soundproof. I could barely hear any noise from the hall, and I couldn't hear any at all from above, below or next door.

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I'm not a big drinker, but with just about all onboard beverages included, it was nice to see a minifridge stocked with soda, beer and other libations. There was also a decanter set that could've been filled with my favorite liquors, had I asked for them. Carafes of water, replenished as they ran low, rounded out the choices.

My butler — yes, every cabin has one — also got into the habit of bringing me daily treats like bowls of potato chips or plates of cheese.

Other cabin flourishes include a surplus of outlets and USB ports for charging, as well as bathrobes, umbrellas and binoculars for use during the sailing.

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I had a large balcony, which was lovely, but I only used it a handful of times during my cold-weather cruise. It provided a terrific vantage point for photos on most days, and it allowed me to take some wonderful videos when we found ourselves in the middle of an ice field.

The balcony has an electronic blackout shade that lifts and lowers with the push of a button. It's immensely useful in polar regions, where you'll get 24 hours of light at times of the year.

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Most standard bathrooms are shower-only, and the ship provides its own brand of Espa toiletries: two-in-one hair and body wash, conditioner and lotion. I appreciated the nightlight at the base of the sink, too. (I never did figure out how to turn it off, though.)

What still needs work

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While we're on the subject of cabins, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out some elements that don't work as well.

The first is the bathroom sink. The entirety of the top is a slope down which the water flows to a trough at the bottom. There is absolutely no counter space, which is particularly frustrating for anyone trying to do their hair or put on makeup, or for men who like to shave by filling up the sink basin.

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Oddly, the cube-shaped pewter handle on the shower makes it difficult to open said door, as it provides no grip and hurts if you hold it a certain way. To get in the shower, I had to grab the top of the door and pull to get it open.

And then there is the television. Its placement in front of the couch isn't ideal because it catches a glare from the overhead lights and the balcony (especially when the midnight sun shines during summer in the Arctic). It's also cleverly hidden inside of a floor-to-ceiling glass mirror, which means it can't be angled to allow for in-bed viewing. The ship's first passengers complained bitterly about this, but the line has yet to correct the problem.

Shoreside operations

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I can't overstate how amazing the staff was on my cruise. They were friendly, knowledgeable and anticipated our every need. Shoreside operations still need quite a bit of work, though. The most critical issue Scenic needs to address right now is its off-ship logistics and communications.

For example, all fares for Scenic's expedition voyages include a pre-cruise hotel stay. The accommodations arranged by the line were fine for me. However, passengers expecting luxury (and with fares starting at $13,000 per person for a 10-day sailing, who wouldn't?) were disappointed.

Check-in took a very long time, the rooms were fairly basic (at least I got one that wasn't already occupied, unlike some travelers) and the embarkation-day breakfast was a brown bag with an apple and yogurt.

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Again, just about everything involving the onboard experience was top-notch, so the irritation among passengers quieted until the disembarkation briefing, which was held on the second-to-last night of the cruise.

A future-cruise consultant who was running the presentation told everyone the charter flight from Svalbard back to Olso, originally scheduled to depart around midday, had been changed to 7 p.m.

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Passengers demanded to know why they weren't informed sooner, given that many of them had dinner reservations in Oslo that evening or, worse, connecting flights home that they would miss due to the new later departure time.

Scenic knew about the change just a couple of days into the voyage (the public relations team that organized the press trip I was on told me as soon as they found out), so it was unclear why other passengers weren't immediately informed. Also, the fact that the line scheduled two tours in Svalbard to help cruisers pass the time until the later flight only seemed to anger them more.

"I don't want to spend six hours at some stupid museum that only takes me an hour to see," said one woman.

Several people from the U.S. and U.K. then raised their hands to complain that they emailed customer service with various questions prior to sailing but received no response.

Another said he got two confirmation emails for a helicopter booking, despite the fact that the ship's helicopters are not allowed to be used in the Arctic. (That was also not clearly communicated to passengers before embarkation, leading to much disappointment.)

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As more passengers weighed in, a trend became clear: The onboard team has its act together; shoreside operations does not.

On the last day, the shipboard staff rallied to allow us to stay on board until it was time to leave for the airport, stretching their resources thin as they prepared breakfast and lunch for us and turned over all the cabins for the next group of cruisers embarking later that day.

However, the folks handling land-based logistics dropped the ball again when a member of our travel party, who requested wheelchair assistance in advance, had no chair and no attendant waiting for him when we landed in Oslo.

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A few days after arriving home, my fellow passengers and I received an email from the line's founder and executive chairman, Glen Moroney, offering an apology for the scattered nature of the pre- and post-cruise experiences and explaining why certain aspects of the trip had gone awry.

He blamed a recent hacking incident, which necessitated a full website rebuild, delaying communications between the line and passengers.

To solve the issues, the letter said the line has beefed up its cybersecurity, and is currently working to hire and train additional reservations staff. It wasn't done quickly enough to stave off problems on my sailing, but, hopefully, logistics and communication will improve going forward.

What's next

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Overall, Scenic Eclipse is a luxurious vessel run by helpful and knowledgeable staff who go above and beyond to make sure passengers have the best time possible. The line has listened to its passengers and made onboard improvements to areas like the buffet, but there are still some quirks to be worked out, particularly in the way of shoreside logistics.

Looking ahead, Scenic's next expedition ship will be Scenic Eclipse II, a sister vessel to Scenic Eclipse. Although the general layout will be similar, and the ship will still have two helicopters, the line plans to make tweaks to the ship's design. They include the addition of an outdoor pool and an upgraded submarine with an expanded capacity of eight passengers, plus a driver. Scenic Eclipse will also replace its submarine with a newer model.

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In terms of new activities, one of the expedition guides let it slip that the cruise line is considering offering added-fee heliskiing. The expedition ships would use their helicopters to take cruisers to the top of a mountain and allow them to ski back down. There has been no official word yet on when this might be available and whether passengers would need to bring their own gear.

Scenic Eclipse II floated out at a shipyard in Croatia in July and is due to make its debut in April of 2023. After Scenic Eclipse II, the line has ordered three additional ships.

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Referred to as a “discovery yacht,” the cutting-edge boat features its own helicopters, a fleet of zodiac boats, a submarine and a near-endless list of high-end amenities.

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There’s no reason why scientific discovery and luxury have to be mutually exclusive. That’s the thinking of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours , whose just-launched expedition cruise ship, Scenic Eclipse , attempts to wed the two in one massive, 551-foot megayacht .

After years of delays, the 228-passenger ship finally launched last month and was christened by Dame Helen Mirren in New York on Tuesday. Referred to by Scenic as a “discovery yacht,” the cutting-edge boat features its own helicopters, a fleet of Zodiac boats, a submarine and a near-endless list of high-end amenities, all of which help it set a new high-end standard for expedition-style travel. It will travel to 68 ports around the world, spending half the year in Antarctica and the Arctic , the two main expedition cruise destinations.

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“In terms of innovation, technology and design, [ Scenic Eclipse ] is second to none,” the company’s chairman and founder Glen Moroney said last month. “The onboard helicopters and submarine and our handcrafted itineraries that take our guests to 38 countries in some of the world’s most stunning and remote locations.”

And it would appear that no expense was spared to take ocean exploration to the next level. For instance, the boat boasts 114 cabins, each of which is a sizable suite—including a living room, veranda and a butler service. The $10,000-per-night, two-bedroom Owner’s Penthouse Suite reportedly measures a staggering 2,659 square feet. Spa suites, meanwhile, include a double-sized Philippe Starck-designed jacuzzi, steam shower and light therapy.

The luxury doesn’t stop inside the rooms, either. The Scenic Eclipse features 10 different restaurants—with cuisines ranging from French to Japanese—overseen by executive chef Tom Goetter. There are also eight bars, one of which serves over 100 top-shelf varieties of whiskey. If you’re an aspiring chef yourself, the yacht boasts a cooking classroom, where guests can learn how to make the delicious dishes they’ve eaten. A built-in theater offers films and lectures. There’s also plenty of beauty and health amenities, like the 5,920-square-foot Senses Spa, which includes Scandanavian-style pools, a gym and a Pilates studio, as well as a hair salon.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours' Scenic Luxury discovery yacht

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ Scenic Luxury expedition cruise ship  Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

In addition to the onboard amenities, the yacht will also actively help you explore the areas away from it. The Scenic Eclipse   includes two six-passenger helicopters, a first for an expedition cruise ship, and a fleet of Zodiac boats for adventuring. There’s also a six-passenger submarine, the Scenic Neptune , that can reach depths of 1,000 feet. And because this is an expedition cruise ship, it was built to withstand the elements. It holds the preeminent ice-class rating for a passenger vessel, Polar Class 6, which means passengers have nothing to worry about during voyages in Antarctica and the Arctic.

With all these luxury and technology features, it’s easy to see why a trip on the Scenic Eclipse doesn’t come cheap. Fares start at at $6,395 per person based on a double occupancy, though polar expeditions can cost much more. But that fare does come with a lot, including air travel, pre-departure hotel, all meals and drinks. Helicopter and submarine rides, of course, are extra.

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Emerald Azzurra vs. Scenic Eclipse: Super Yacht Cruises

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Emerald Cruises and Scenic both have fantastic super yacht options for a bit of a different small ship experience than river cruises provide.

Scenic Group, the parent company of Emerald Cruises with its own luxury river cruise line, debuted a yacht last year. It led us to think about the cruise lines’ trend to create yacht experiences. And, in particular, the newly formed Emerald Yacht Cruises compared to the Scenic Eclipse.

Emerald Cruises has been voted the best value for the money in river cruising three years in a row by Cruise Critic. Scenic Eclipse was voted the Best New Luxury Cruise Ship in 2019.

As fans of Emerald Cruises, we genuinely wondered: what’s the difference between the yacht cruise ships, Emerald Azzurra and Scenic Eclipse?

We break it down for you by extensively comparing them. In addition to this, we provide you with our overall conclusions. (In our humble opinions, of course.)

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Emerald Waterways Yacht Cruises compared to Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht. These two luxury cruises are operating under the same company, Scenic Group. It's an Australian based company but the ships sail in other oceans. Scenic Eclipse in Polar Regions including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Antarctica. Emerald Azzurra in the Aegean and Red Seas. For as many differences there are some similarities. From submarine excursions, to guided tours, restaurants, spas, bars and lounges. #luxurycruises

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Overview of Both Super Yacht Cruises

From the get-go, we must acknowledge we’re not comparing apples to apples here. The similarities are 1) the parent company and, 2) the word “yacht” when discussing both options.

As well as some environmentally conscious features, and they’re both very spacious ships. But their biggest differences are weighty, like where they sail and what the cost is. While the Emerald Azzurra is gorgeous and high-end, the Scenic Eclipses oozes luxury.

Spoiler alert: Emerald Cruises yachts are a lower price point than the ultra-lux brand, 6-star Scenic Eclipse. About 50% less money. And the Emerald Azzurra sails in warm waters, while the Scenic Eclipse was built for cold water cruising, like in the Arctic.

Our conclusion wasn’t revolutionary: they’re both incredible products. But the precise options and differences onboard make it truly interesting to deep-dive into both lines. What you would like really depends on what type of experience you’re looking to have, and at what cost. You can’t go wrong with either.

As could be expected, the Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara is a great value for the investment. And that’s truly what you’re doing when you sign up for either yacht cruise: investing in an experience. We like that the Emerald Cruises yachts (Azzurra and Sakara) are smaller than the Eclipse and Eclipse II.

But then again, the Scenic yachts has some great restaurant options we’d love to try and a spa we can definitely see ourselves relaxing in. Also, we love Polar Regions. Like Northern Norway . Sigh. Choices, choices.

Mountain landscape in Antarctica with a black Scenic helicopter in the air and super yacht in the water on the right.

Questions We Sought to Answer for the Emerald Azzurra and Scenic Eclipse

We aim to answer deeper questions you may have floating around your head that came to mind for us, like:

  • Where are they sailing? And for how many days?
  • What’s the decor on each of the ships?
  • Are the staterooms and suites sizable? (As any cruiser usually wants to know!)
  • What amenities are available on the ships?
  • Exactly how much does the Scenic Eclipse cost? And is it worth the extra money?

Let’s get to it.

Cruise Itineraries

Though offerings and itineraries are likely to change a little bit here and there over time, we’ll discuss the current offerings projected until 2024.

Both ships offer incredibly different experiences, heading to very different regions. The Emerald Azzurra and Sakra go to typically warmer waters and some smaller ports. The Scenic Eclipse is “Where Luxury Meets Discovery.”

It is for travelers seeking destinations that are less visited due to the remoteness of their locations and the gear needed while you’re there. Two great examples are Antarctica and the Sea of Cortez.

Emerald Azzurra

This ship focuses on Europe, the Middle East (like Dubai ), and the Caribbean . It will be sailing the Adriatic, Mediterranean, and Red Seas. During winter, the ships head to the Caribbean.

European countries include places like Croatia, Greece, Slovenia , Italy,   Spain’s Costa Brava, the French Riviera, and Israel on various itineraries. Cruises usually last between 8 to 12 days.

Scenic Eclipse

The Eclipse puts a lot (but not all) of its focus on Scandinavia, including Norway, Iceland, and Greenland. (Call us biased, but we love the itinerary that goes from Oslo to Tromso !) It’s also made for “Polar Region” cruises to Antarctica, which is the coveted seventh continent avid travelers look to check off their bucket lists.

It also sails to Central and South America, Scotland, Alaska and British Columbia, the west coast…and more. Itineraries are usually between 9 to 20 days.

Emerald Waterways Yacht Cruises compared to Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht. These two luxury cruises are operating under the same company, Scenic Group. It's an Australian based company but the ships sail in other oceans. Scenic Eclipse in Polar Regions including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Antarctica. Emerald Azzurra in the Aegean and Red Seas. For as many differences there are some similarities. From submarine excursions, to guided tours, restaurants, spas, bars and lounges. #luxurycruises

Ship’s Physical Length

We were surprised to learn the Scenic Eclipse is longer than the Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara, by 190.1ft (almost 58m). Why does this matter? It means that the Eclipse Azzurra could have an advantage that money can’t buy on the Scenic Eclipse: it can go into smaller, more intimate ports.

This potentially means it can visit some really cool locations other ships cannot physically access. (Then again, the Azzurra isn’t built for cold waters like the Eclipse is, so there are ports the Eclipse can go to the Azzurra can’t. “Advantages” might be in the eye of the beholder then.)

Perhaps the Scenic Eclipse’s length was designed to be small enough to navigate the waters and large enough for stability purposes in the Arctic.

Emerald Azzurra: 360.9ft (110m)

Emerald Azzurra in a harbor with the town in the bottom of the photo and turquoise blue water on top of the photo.

Scenic Eclipse: 551ft (almost 168m)

Scenic Eclipse in Antarctica's Paradise Harbor with icebergs in the background.

Common Areas, Deck by Deck

The Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakra are smaller ships than the Scenic Eclipse and Eclipse II. They also have fewer decks. Emerald Cruises yachts have six decks the public can access (which are technically decks two through seven), while the Eclipse has eight.

  • Deck 7: Smallest, top deck, containing the Sky Bar, called the “Sky Deck”
  • 6: Pool cafe and lounge area
  • 5: Panorama deck with open viewing
  • 4: Observation deck, with a lounge area, open viewing, and guest laundry
  • 3: Reception area, outdoor terrace, gift shop, Reflections Restaurant, and Horizon Bar & Lounge
  • 2: Wellness deck, with spa, sauna, hairdressers, and the marina deck

Bar area of Emerald Azzurra luxury yacht from Emerald Cruises.

  • Deck 10: Plunge pool and sun terrace
  • 9: Guest suites
  • 8: Helicopter hangars and helipad, guest suite
  • 7: Fitness and pool deck (indoor, outdoor, and plunge), guest suites
  • 5: Restaurants, Observatory, and Observation Terrace
  • 4: Restaurants and theater

Scenic bar on Scenic Eclipse super yacht.

Guest Capacity on the Yacht Cruise Ship Emerald Azzurra Compared to the Scenic Eclipse

The Scenic Eclipse can hold more than double the guest count of the Emerald Azzurra. This makes sense, given it has over double the room count and is a larger ship.

There is a 100-guest maximum on the Azzurra. Guest to crew ratio is a little better than 2:1, because there are 64 crew members.

The Eclipse has a 228-guest maximum and 200 in Antarctica. When it sails to Antarctica, 16 extra crew members are on board the Scenic Eclipse for the season. The guest-to-crew ratio is 1:1, with a butler assigned to each suite.

According to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) , only 100 passengers can be ashore at a time, with a ratio of staff to visitors at 1:20. (One guide to every 20 guests in Antarctica.) The guest count of 200 on a Scenic Eclipse sailing makes it easy to divide the ship into two groups that can both visit at the same time.

IAATO also regulates how many ships visit per day. Only ships with 500 passengers or less are allowed to land in Antarctica . And ships with 200 guests or less can land multiple times per day.

That’s not a concern for the Scenic Eclipse but still interesting to learn. Due to their maximum passenger count of 200 people in Antarctica, all passengers can go ashore on the continent at once, in groups of 100 per group.

Yacht Cruise Stateroom Options and Suite Sizes 

Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara have 50 rooms across four decks, versus the Scenic Eclipse I and II’s 114 rooms across five decks. However, the Scenic Eclipse suites start at almost double the size of Emerald Azzurra’s smallest room.

Additionally, all the rooms on the Scenic Eclipse have a sizable balcony, while 88% of the rooms on Emerald Azzurra have one.

There are staterooms and suites ranging in size from 182 to 1,192 ft² on the Azzurra. The only option without a balcony is an Oceanview room.

Here are the Emerald Azzurra staterooms, listed in order from smallest to largest:

  • Size: 182-204ft²
  • Deck 3, bow/front
  • Total onboard: 6
  • Size: 285-306ft² (103-102ft² larger than the Oceanview)
  • Decks 4 and 5, Panorama and Observation decks
  • Total onboard : 36
  • Size: 382-403ft², each with its own private balcony (7-97ft² larger than the Balcony Stateroom)
  • Deck 6 , Pool deck
  • Total onboard: 2
  • Size: 648-669ft² including outdoor balcony (266ft² difference from the Deluxe Balcony Stateroom)
  • Deck 5 , Panorama deck, stern/back
  • Size: 700-721ft² including balcony (52ft² larger than the Terrace Suite)
  • Deck 4,  Observation deck, stern/back
  • Size: 1,162-1,192ft² including balcony, separate bedroom and lounge areas (462-471ft² larger than the Yacht Suite)

Emerald Waterways Yacht Cruises compared to Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht. These two luxury cruises are operating under the same company, Scenic Group. It's an Australian based company but the ships sail in other oceans. Scenic Eclipse in Polar Regions including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Antarctica. Emerald Azzurra in the Aegean and Red Seas. For as many differences there are some similarities. From submarine excursions, to guided tours, restaurants, spas, bars and lounges. #luxurycruises

The suites range in size from 344 to nearly 2,640ft². All include a balcony.

Here are the Scenic Eclipse suites, listed from smallest to largest:

  • Size: 344-366ft²
  • Decks 5 and 6,  midship (Deck 5: some restaurants and observation areas; Deck 6: spa)
  • Total onboard: 8 (4 per deck)
  • Size: same dimensions as the Verandah Suite, simply in different locations that make it “deluxe”
  • Decks 5 and 6 , mostly midship
  • Total onboard: 32
  • Size: 409-430ft² (65ft² larger than the Verandah and Deluxe Verandah Suites)
  • Decks 5 and 6 , bow/front
  • Total onboard: 20 (14 on Deck 5, 6 on Deck 6)
  • Size: 495-538ft² (86-108ft² larger than the Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite)
  • Deck 8 , Helicopter deck, bow/front
  • Total onboard: 4
  • Size: 1,130ft² with a curved balcony (approx. 613ft² larger than the Spa Suite)
  • Deck 6 , Spa deck, bow/front
  • Size:  1,184ft² with a curved balcony (54ft² larger than the Grand Panorama Suite)
  • Deck 8, Helicopter deck, bow/front
  • Size: 2,099ft² (915ft² larger than the Panorama Suite)
  • Deck 9 , bow/front (Deck 9 is all suites, no guest amenities or common areas)
  • Size: 2,637ft², private Jacuzzi – a combination of an Owner’s Penthouse Suite and Spa Suite, with extra amenities (538ft² larger than the Owner’s Penthouse, since a Spa Suite is being added to the Owner’s Penthouse Suite by an adjoining door)
  • Deck 9, bow/front
  • Total onboard: 1 or 2, depending on how it’s booked as two rooms conjoin to become this two-bedroom penthouse when booked

Emerald Waterways Yacht Cruises compared to Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht. These two luxury cruises are operating under the same company, Scenic Group. It's an Australian based company but the ships sail in other oceans. Scenic Eclipse in Polar Regions including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Antarctica. Emerald Azzurra in the Aegean and Red Seas. For as many differences there are some similarities. From submarine excursions, to guided tours, restaurants, spas, bars and lounges. #luxurycruises

Onboard Amenities

The Emerald Azzurra provides fewer amenities onboard. However, the Scenic Eclipse sails for longer periods of time. This means guests are looking for more to do onboard the Eclipse. Thus, it’s nice it has extra amenities for them to enjoy.

Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara

The Azzurra has a wellness center with a spa and gym. There are also three tenders and two Zodiac boats for guests to get ashore for unique experiences. A marina platform makes it easier for guests to gracefully enter the water for snorkeling and paddle boarding.

The main lounge area makes it easy to relax indoors, free from the elements. And an indoor/outdoor observation terrace area gives guests prime viewing over the bow of the ship as they sail.

We love that there’s a Jacuzzi on the Sky Deck! Sail into the French Riviera from the top deck in a swimsuit, holding a cocktail. Just how we envision sailing to Nice, France, in our dreams!

Scenic Eclipse and Scenic Eclipse II

We said it before, and we’ll say it again: this ship was built for L-U-X-U-R-Y.

It has a spa just shy of 6,000ft². A “sanctuary,” if you will, complete with its own pool. Do you enjoy yoga? There’s a room dedicated to yoga! Cooking? Cooking classes are available to guests, along with special culinary c ruise programming that brings celebrity chefs on board. There’s a fitness area to work off those calories from their ten restaurants, too!

There is also a beautiful observation area with a library, comfy chairs, and scopes for viewing the scenery closer up (like we needed in Yellowstone National Park ). There is an outdoor observation area too if you want to feel the wind on your face with the scenery.

There are Zodiacs onboard to take guests ashore and a submarine. A SUBMARINE , people! How cool! If the water isn’t what a guest is craving, maybe the air is. So guests can hop aboard one of their two helicopters. (Helicopter and submarine excursions incur an additional fee.)

Guests can shop in a pretty swanky-looking boutique that’s sure to make them want to take home a few Scenic Eclipse branded souvenirs. Then they can wear them to the beautiful indoor theater too!

Emerald Waterways Yacht Cruises compared to Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht. These two luxury cruises are operating under the same company, Scenic Group. It's an Australian based company but the ships sail in other oceans. Scenic Eclipse in Polar Regions including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Antarctica. Emerald Azzurra in the Aegean and Red Seas. For as many differences there are some similarities. From submarine excursions, to guided tours, restaurants, spas, bars and lounges. #luxurycruises

Excursion Offerings

Emerald Cruises yachts and Scenic yachts sail to different parts of the world right now so comparing excursions is like comparing an apple to an orange. Notwithstanding, they both have stellar options for excursions included in the cost of the cruise. Both also have opportunities for upgrades.

Guests will enjoy included EmeraldPLUS cultural experiences and a range of included EmeraldACTIVE excursions. They can book additional DiscoverMORE excursions if they choose when available. One thing to note, that’s a bit different from Emerald Cruises River Cruises , is that fewer tours are included. This is purposely designed to allow guests more free time to roam the ports they visit.

Tours are included on the Scenic Eclipse. There are often multiple options in a port for a “choose your own adventure of sorts” for a “Discovery” tour or a “Freechoice” tour. There’s also a third option to “Enrich,” sometimes, that is mostly to attend intimate concerts or performances.

The Scenic Eclipse has a submarine, the Scenic Neptune, onboard. It can dive to 980 feet deep, with room for six guests plus the pilot. As we mentioned, there are also two helicopters on board. Both experiences are available for an extra cost.

Inside a submarine excursion vessel on Scenic Eclipse.

Dining and Beverages for the Scenic Eclipse and Emerald Azzurra Yacht Cruises

The dining options of the Emerald Azzurra feel much more like a traditional river cruise as opposed to the Scenic Eclipse, which has created myriad, distinct dining experiences.

Reflections Restaurant is the main dining area on board, serving all meals. Horizons bar and lounge is the common area where guests can enjoy snacks, cocktails, tea, and coffee. You can’t make reservations, so it’s nice they aren’t necessary anyway. There’s also a pool cafe with food offered between meals, available for purchase.

  • Beer and wine are included with lunch and dinner.
  • State-of-the-art coffee machines and tea stations are available 24/7 (which we very much enjoyed on our Emerald Azzurra cruise ).
  • Extra: Liquor and any drinks outside meals. Available on an individual basis or as an upgraded Platinum Package for drinks.

La Cucina dining area on Emerald Azzurra super yacht from Emerald Cruises.

Eight dining options are available on the Eclipse, including Asian fusion, French, and Italian cuisines. Reservations are recommended for each restaurant, with the exception of Elements, where you can just show up.

Food:  

  • Elements: Italian, including steak and seafood
  • Koko’s: Asian fusion restaurant and sake bar
  • Sushi @ Koko’s: authentic Japanese experience
  • Sushi @ Koko’s: private dining with a teppanyaki grill
  • Azure Bar & Cafe : open all day (and Azure Bar & Cafe: dedicated cooking school)
  • Yacht Club : poolside grill, buffet, and bar
  • Lumière : contemporary French fine dining and champagne bar
  • *Chef’s Table @ Elements : invitation-only degustation dining
  • There’s also Room Service available 24 hours

Koko’s is considered three different dining experiences. Koko’s and the part of Sushi @ Koko’s that doesn’t serve teppanyaki are next to each other. Guests can order sushi at either. Teppanyaki, though right next to the other two Koko’s, is a different experience with its own menu.

*So, how do you get invited to the Chef’s Table @ Elements? Guests are invited depending on how full the cruise is. And the longer the cruise, the better the odds are all guests will be invited during some point of the sailing. The priority of invitation goes to guests who booked higher category suites.

  • Eight spacious bars and lounges are found on the Scenic Eclipse, some of which overlap with the restaurants. While we don’t have a list of each one, we know there’s a dedicated whiskey bar in the lounge, a bar inside Elements, and another inside Lumière focused on champagne. There is one in Azure Cafe as well.

Emerald Waterways Yacht Cruises compared to Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht. These two luxury cruises are operating under the same company, Scenic Group. It's an Australian based company but the ships sail in other oceans. Scenic Eclipse in Polar Regions including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Antarctica. Emerald Azzurra in the Aegean and Red Seas. For as many differences there are some similarities. From submarine excursions, to guided tours, restaurants, spas, bars and lounges. #luxurycruises

Vibe and Decor of the Ships

They’re both modern and lux in design, but you can tell simply from looking that there’s an extra, upscale touch of luxury on the Scenic Eclipse.

Emerald Azzurra has a contemporary design. The color palette is neutral tones, leaning towards white, grey, and black.

Karen Moroney, who is also co-owner of the Scenic Group, handpicked items for the ship. She takes care of all design choices, including furniture and art.

Emerald Waterways Yacht Cruises compared to Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht. These two luxury cruises are operating under the same company, Scenic Group. It's an Australian based company but the ships sail in other oceans. Scenic Eclipse in Polar Regions including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Antarctica. Emerald Azzurra in the Aegean and Red Seas. For as many differences there are some similarities. From submarine excursions, to guided tours, restaurants, spas, bars and lounges. #luxurycruises

The Eclipse is ultra-modern and contemporary, with lush finishings from carpets to windows. It seems like no expense was spared on the furniture and wall treatments. The color palette of the Scenic Eclipse is earth tones, with greys, tans, and black tones. (And pops of color here and there.)

Emerald Waterways Yacht Cruises compared to Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht. These two luxury cruises are operating under the same company, Scenic Group. It's an Australian based company but the ships sail in other oceans. Scenic Eclipse in Polar Regions including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Antarctica. Emerald Azzurra in the Aegean and Red Seas. For as many differences there are some similarities. From submarine excursions, to guided tours, restaurants, spas, bars and lounges. #luxurycruises

The Scenic Eclipse has three custom art installations from the famed British Graffiti Artist Carl Hush. They were installed while the ship was in Rotterdam. Though Hush usually takes three weeks to finish a piece, he had just two days onboard in port to do so. And the results are stunning.

Three original Mitch Gobel paintings are on board; he’s a native Australian artist, which is also the mother country of the Scenic Group. The three locations of his original paintings are the Spa Suite Lounge, Owner’s Penthouse, and Scenic {whiskey} Bar.

There are 124 of Gobel’s prints in the guest suites. His creations are colorful and inspired by organic shapes, invoking a sense of nature.

Emerald Waterways Yacht Cruises compared to Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht. These two luxury cruises are operating under the same company, Scenic Group. It's an Australian based company but the ships sail in other oceans. Scenic Eclipse in Polar Regions including Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Antarctica. Emerald Azzurra in the Aegean and Red Seas. For as many differences there are some similarities. From submarine excursions, to guided tours, restaurants, spas, bars and lounges. #luxurycruises

Environment and Technology of the Yacht Cruise Options

As the cruise industry grows, so does the concern for the environmenta l impact of ships on our oceans. We already knew the Scenic Group was environmentally conscious, but it became even more apparent during the Australian brushfires.

This Australian-based company donated $345,000 USD to the continent’s relief efforts. That being said, building ships with the environment in mind is increasingly important as their fleet grows.

Emerald Cruises Yacht Ships

Something we appreciated onboard Emerald Azzurra was the commitment to no single-use plastic. This included not having plastic straws and giving guests refillable water bottles.

They also use a lot of the same water treatment technology Scenic Eclipse has. The Emerald Harmony river cruise ship in Asia has championed this, complete with refillable water bottle stations.

This ship was designed as a powerhouse for the Arctic. It navigates freezing cold waters filled with glaciers, for Pete’s sake! There’s so much to admire about the technological advancements of the Scenic Eclipse and Scenic Eclipse II, not just for the environment but also for the advancement of the cruise community as a whole.

It has the highest ice class rating a passenger ship can receive. (Polar Class 6 if that means anything to you – it doesn’t for us, but we know it sounds great!) It also has stabilizer fins that are 50% larger than standard for greater ship stability.

That, combined with its GPS system, allows for stationary positioning without dropping an anchor. And what if polar bears were under the water by an anchor when it dropped? Oy vey! We’re grateful this technology exists so the Scenic Eclipse can be anchor free when necessary.

Price and What’s Included with the Yacht Cruises

There’s a huge difference in price, which we acknowledged at the start of this post. Yet we left this topic for last because, as the Cruise Critics Awards go, Emerald Cruises has once again produced an incredible value for the investment.

And Scenic has impressed with an award-winning luxury ship in the Eclipse. The Scenic Eclipse and Scenic Eclipse IIcost comes in at about twice the cost of the Emerald Azzurra or Emerald Sakara, per day.

Mostly everything is included on both ships. The main difference is the Scenic Eclipse, and Scenic Eclipse II include premium spirits, while the Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara include beer and wine during meals unless a couple upgrades.

Both include taxes, port charges, gratuities, and WiFi. (And we always travel with our Solis Hotspot for offshore WiFi access when we’re on excursions in port.) Spa treatments are extra.

There are also opportunities to save money with Early Bird Booking Specials on both brands’ sites. And often, flights and transfers are included, too, so be sure to sign up for their emails to catch a good promo. Because no matter how much or how little money you have, everyone loves a good deal!

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  • Lightweight and pocket-sized
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By our calculations, you can expect to spend between $400 to $550 on average per day. The variables are if you upgrade to a drinks package for $67 per person per day and if you add on optional excursions.

Expect to invest around $4,000 per person for an Emerald Cruises yacht vacation not including any available sales or discounts, like during Wave Season or what a travel agent may be privy to.

This makes an 8-day sailing approximately $3,200 to $4,000 total, depending on the itinerary and current promotions.

It seems most itineraries, whether 9 or 13 days, come in at about $1,000 per day. For example, there are two 13-day cruise options, one for $12,100 and another for $15,000. The difference in price is due to the destinations they go to.

A longer itinerary is for a 20-day cruise, which is approximately $17,000. There’s also a 38-day cruise for just under $32,600. (So there’s a little saving on longer itineraries for the increase in days!) Submarine and helicopter excursions are available for an additional cost.

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Final Thoughts

The future of these yacht cruise lines is bright. They offer really unique opportunities for guests to be “yachters,” even if only for a sailing. (Or a few if you love it enough to sail again.) And how many people can say they’ve sailed aboard yachts if you’re not Warren Buffett? Or Jimmy Buffett , for that matter.

Their destinations are inspiring. And amenities and services are guest-focused.

While the Emerald Azzurra is wonderful for sailing warm waters and going to climates with higher temperatures and palm trees, there’s a real appeal in the Scenic Eclipse, which sails to destinations most people only dream about exploring.

If your bank account and dream travel list favor the Scenic Eclipse, it may be worth checking out a shorter sailing to see if you like it. And if you do, commit to a longer cruise for the future.

When the Scenic Eclipse was announced, founder Glen Moroney mentioned there were plans to build a second ship. And if Emerald Cruises’ success is any indication of the future of Emerald Yacht Cruises, we anticipate more ships will be announced for the future too.

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From ancient samurai traditions and extraordinary islands to cutting-edge metropolises. Experience the perfect fusion of history and modernity, alongside untouched natural beauty on your ultra-luxury ocean cruise in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia. 

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We invite you to experience Asia on board Scenic Eclipse II. Our voyages immerse you in unique cultures, history and world-renowned cuisine, designed to delight everyone from keen explorers to sophisticated travellers.

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Enjoy an unsurpassed level of ultra-luxury with only up to 228 guests on board your Discovery Yacht. With a close to 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio, you’ll be pampered with personal service. Smaller numbers mean you can relax in our impressive array of luxurious spaces in peace including the 550sqm Senses Spa # or Yoga and Pilates Studio. Our team can be more flexible with opportunities and preferences across the trip. Scenic Eclipse offers guests a variety of experiences including up to 10 dining experiences and eight bars and lounges to relax an indulge in.

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Enjoy the wonders of Asia through exciting, truly all-inclusive discovery excursions, handcrafted to showcase the best of the destination. In Japan, go behind the scenes with Scenic Enrich to enjoy private access and immersive experiences of iconic locations and cultural traditions, making memories to last a lifetime.  Choose from a range of Scenic Freechoice activities, from exploring local markets, learning ancient craft, to joining a guided hike, catering to your fitness level.

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In South East Asia, your Discovery Voyage will be led by our Discovery Team. Comprised of up to 15 passionate and knowledgeable experts, they will ensure that every port of call offers fascinating moments of wonder. Our team will enrich your experience through engaging lectures and captivating excursions. In Japan and South Korea, our Cruise Voyages excursions are led by the best local guides, providing an immersive and authentic local experience. Discover little-known gems and delve into the region's rich history. Travel like a local under their informative guidance, and connect with a side of North East Asia you have never experienced before. 

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Scenic Eclipse is custom-designed with a wealth of world-class features for unrivalled exploration, taking you places only a Discovery Yacht can go. With stabilisers 50% larger than other ships, a strengthened hull, forward bow thrusters and an electronic Azipod propulsion system, you’ll enjoy a safe and smooth voyage. 

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Scenic Eclipse has an abundance of vantage points and spaces offering sweeping views of your surrounds, perfect for wildlife or landmark spotting. Enjoy unparalleled vistas from the privacy of your ultra-luxury suite or from the comfort of a cabana or sun lounge on one of the expansive decks. 

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The Scenic Eclipse cruise ship cabins page is conveniently interlinked with its deck plans showing deck layouts combined with a legend and review of all onboard venues.

2-Bedroom Penthouse Suite with Balcony Jacuzzi

Layout (floor plan).

Two-Bedroom Penthouse Suite is a connecting stateroom and comprises of one Owners Penthouse Suite and one adjacent Spa Suite.

Follows the list of the Owners Penthouse Suite amenities:

  • Bedroom Suite (sofabed, reading chair, 60-inch UHDTV)
  • fully-adjustable King Size Slumber Bed
  • 2 walk-in wardrobes
  • dual steam shower, therapeutic spa bath, Spa Daybed
  • dual vanity, separate toilet, luxury bath amenities
  • Living room (70-inch UHDTV, Bose sound system, 6-seat dining table, coffee table, 3-seat sofa, 2 armchairs)
  • Library (also Kindle library)
  • Fully-stocked wine bar and mini-bar (both replenished daily)
  • Butler bar (Nespresso, specialty teas, bottled water / all replenished daily)
  • Guest powder room
  • Step-out balcony (outdoor terrace with whirlpool jacuzzi, daybeds, lounge area, 6-seat dining table)
  • Dedicated butler service
  • complimentary (unlimited) laundry service
  • 1-hour complimentary spa treatment (per passenger)
  • In-cabin dining (daily canapes, petit fours)
  • priority and guaranteed services and amenities (dining in specialty restaurants, shore excursions, discovery tours / helicopter, submarine, zodiacs, kayaks, e-bikes).

Follows the list of the Spa Suite amenities:

  • King Size Slumber Bed, flat TV, Bose sound system
  • 1 walk-in wardrobe
  • steam shower, full-size spa bath, double vanity, separate toilet, luxury bath amenities
  • Lounge area (reading chair, writing desk with chair, 2-seat sofa, armchair, mini bar / restocked daily)
  • Butler bar (Nespresso, specialty teas, bottled water / all replenished daily)
  • Step-out balcony (furnished with 1 table and 2 chairs)
  • Complimentary (limited per day) laundry service
  • 1-hour complimentary spa treatment (per cabin)

Owners Penthouse Suite with Balcony Jacuzzi

Each Owners Penthouse Suite offers the following complimentary services and amenities:

  • Bedroom Suite (sofabed, reading chair, 60-inch UHDTV, fully-adjustable King Size Slumber Bed)
  • dual steam shower, therapeutic spa bath, Spa Daybed, 2-sink vanity, separate toilet, luxury bath amenities
  • Living room (70-inch UHDTV, Bose sound system, 6-seat dining table, 3-seat sofa, 2 armchairs, coffee table)
  • Fully-stocked wine bar and mini-bar (both replenished daily)
  • Step-out balcony (outdoor terrace with whirlpool jacuzzi, daybeds, lounge area, 6-seat dining table)

Grand Panorama Suite

Grand Panorama Suites offer the following complimentary services and amenities:

  • Bedroom Suite (sofabed, reading chair, 60-inch UHDTV, mirrored vanity / writing desk with chair)
  • Luxury King Size Slumber Bed
  • walk-in wardrobe
  • steam shower
  • single vanity, separate toilet
  • luxury bath amenities
  • Living room (70-inch UHDTV, Bose sound system, 4-seat dining table, coffee table, 2-seat sofa, 1 armchair)
  • Mini-bar (restocked daily)
  • Butler bar (Nespresso, specialty teas, bottled water / all replenished daily)
  • Step-out balcony (wraparound outdoor terrace furnished with 1 table and 2 chairs)
  • complimentary (limited per day) laundry service

Panorama Suite

Each Panorama Suite offers the following complimentary services and amenities:

  • Step-out balcony (outdoor terrace furnished with 1 table and 2 chairs)

Each Spa Suite offers the following complimentary services and amenities:

  • King Size Slumber Bed, UHDTV, Bose sound system
  • mirrored vanity / writing desk with chair
  • steam shower, full-size spa bath, single vanity, separate toilet, luxury bath amenities
  • Lounge area (reading chair, 2-seat sofa, coffee table, mini bar / restocked daily)
  • Step-out balcony (furnished with 1 table and 2 chairs)

Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite

Each Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite offers the following complimentary services and amenities:

  • Bedroom area (Luxury King Size Slumber Bed, 40-inch UHDTV)
  • bathroom (shower, single vanity, separate toilet, luxury bath amenities)
  • Lounge area (Bose sound system, reading chair, coffee table, 2-seat sofa, mirrored vanity / writing desk with chair)
  • Butler service

Verandah Suite|Balcony Cabin

Deluxe Verandah and Verandah suites are with the same amenities, differing only by deck location.

Each Deluxe Verandah and Verandah Suite offers the following complimentary services and amenities:

Scenic Eclipse cabins review

The superyacht Scenic Eclipse is an all-balcony cruise ship (all staterooms are with step-out balconies) and all cabins are in Suite categories (14 grades total). Cabin sizes range from 32 m2 (345 ft2) Verandah Suite to 255 m2 (2745 ft2) Owner’s Penthouse Suite (including 60 m2/645 ft2 wraparound terrace).

Regardless of cabin category, all Scenic Eclipse staterooms offer as standard/complimentary services and amenities:

  • Luxury King Size Slumber Bed (1 double or 2 twins)
  • smart UHDTV (satellite reception, infotainment system with Internet, on-demand movies and music, ship info channel, live outside camera views), Bose sound system, media library
  • walk-in wardrobe, electronic safe box and life jackets (in the closet)
  • en-suite bathroom (separate WC, separate glass-enclosed shower, single-sink vanity (some suites have double-sink vanities), luxury toiletries/bath products
  • lounge area with a comfortable reading chair, coffee table, 2-seater sofa (some cabins are with a 3-seater couch), mirrored vanity (writing desk with chair)
  • mini-bar restocked daily with illy coffee and specialty teas), refrigerator
  • replenished daily butler bar (Nespresso, specialty teas, bottled water)
  • Step-out balcony (furnished with 1 low table and 2 deckchairs)
  • Hypoallergenic air purifiers

Bonus amenities/complimentary perks are provided to:

  • Spa Suites - double Philippe Starck bathtub, steam shower (with oversized showerhead and light therapy system), 2-sink bathroom vanity, separate lounge area (with a reading chair), complimentary spa treatment (1 hour per cabin), complimentary laundry service (limited items per day)
  • Panorama Suites - larger outdoor terrace (with sun loungers), bedroom with reading alcove, separate dining area (4-seat table), surround TV, steam shower, 2-sink bathroom vanity, complimentary spa treatment (1 hour per cabin), complimentary laundry service (limited items per day), priority services (specialty restaurant dining reservations, shore excursions booking, embarkation-debarkation)
  • Owner's Penthouse Suites - 60 m2 wraparound balcony (with Jacuzzi), in-cabin dining (8-seat table), personalized all-inclusive minibar (restocked daily with preferred beverages), steam shower, therapeutic spa bath, powder room, complimentary in-cabin spa treatment (1 hour per passenger), complimentary laundry (unlimited), guaranteed and VIP priority services (specialty restaurant dining, preferred shore excursions, embarkation-debarkation).

Scenic Eclipse cabin and suite plans are property of Scenic Yacht Cruises (Scenic Cruises) . All floor plans are for informational purposes only and CruiseMapper is not responsible for their accuracy.

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The World’s Most Expensive Yachts—Including Some That Cost Billions

By Brett Berk

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Though superyachts are already among the most costly consumer items available, the prices of the most expensive yachts in the world are still astounding. In recent decades, those with money to burn have settled on these floating palaces as an ideal locus for demonstrating their prosperity, and, as such, the global luxury yacht industry is undergoing a golden age. The world’s überwealthy think of their motor yachts as toys, and they’re constantly trying to outdo each other in scale, design, amenities, materials, and sheer profligacy.

Knowing this, what features does it take to own one of the most expensive yachts in existence? And how much do these opulent vessels actually cost? To that end, AD has compiled a list of the five priciest superyachts currently out on the water. As with many things connected to the very wealthy, details are shrouded in secrecy—often intentionally—to shield the assets from taxation or seizure, or to protect privacy.

Below, dive into the five reportedly most expensive yachts in the world.

5. Dubai ($400 million)

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This 531-foot yacht is reportedly owned by United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai. Though it was originally planned for another Middle Eastern potentate, Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei, he suddenly voided the contract in 2001. With exteriors designed by Andrew Winch and interiors by Platinum Yachts, this German-built Blohm + Voss vessel features several Jacuzzis, a pool inlaid with handmade mosaic tiles that is reportedly large enough to hold 115 people, a circular staircase, a discotheque with an appropriately sized dance floor, squash courts, a movie theater, a dining room for 90 guests (the other 25 presumably have to eat in the pool?), a helipad, and a submarine.

4. Topaz ($527 million)

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Resembling a stealth bomber, this 483-foot ship is reportedly owned by Russian fertilizer and coal oligarch Andrey Melnichenko. With exteriors by Tim Heywood Design Ltd. and interior designs by Terence Disdale Design, this German-built Lürssen Yacht features a 2,500-square-foot primary bedroom, six guest suites (with moveable walls so they can be transformed into four grand staterooms), glassware and tableware fashioned from French crystal, a helicopter hangar, a 30-foot speedboat tender, and three swimming pools, including one with a glass-bottom dangling menacingly above a disco.

3. Azzam ($600 million)

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This 590-foot ship is currently thought to be the largest private yacht in the world and one of the fastest, with a top speed of 35 miles per hour. To achieve this immense scale and speed, it required a pair of gas turbines and two stratospherically potent diesel engines, rendering it very difficult to build. It is reportedly owned by a member of the royal family of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. With exteriors by Nauta Yacht and interiors by French decorator Cristophe Leoni, this yacht was also built by Lürssen in Germany. The vessel is set apart by its early 19th-century Empire-style veneered furniture, as well as its state-of-the-art security systems, including a fully bulletproof primary suite and a high-tech missile deterrence capabilities.

2. Eclipse ($1.5 billion)

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In addition to being the second-costliest, this 533-footer is thought to be the world’s second-largest private yacht. Owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich , the ship was claimed to be located in Turkey and may be impounded as part of the United Kingdom’s sanctions against Russia. Designed by Terry Disdale and built by Blohm + Voss, it features two-dozen guest cabins, two swimming pools, two helipads, and multiple hot tubs. For privacy and security reasons, it hosts a missile detection system, bulletproof windows in the primary bedroom and on the bridge, an anti-paparazzi shield, and, when all of that fails, a mini-submarine that can take a few VIPs 164 feet under the ocean’s surface.

1. History Supreme ($4.8 billion)

History Supreme has never actually been seen in a major port, and rumors suggest that the yacht may not be real and instead just a publicity stunt. Reportedly owned by Malaysia’s richest man, Robert Kuok, and designed by Stuart Hughes in the UK, the yacht is only a paltry 100 feet long. Its worth is said to be derived from its lavish finishes, including a statue constructed from genuine Tyrannosaurus rex bones, a liquor bottle embedded with an 18.5-carat diamond, and a primary bedroom with one wall made from meteorite and another from a 24-karat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium. If you see it somewhere, let us know.

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This is why people like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos work to keep their yachts out of the public eye. Though we are not including Jeff Bezos’s yacht, Koru (Maori for “coil”), in this list because it is a sailing yacht and thus excluded from the realm of these motor yachts, it created controversy in the Netherlands when its presence became known. Jeff Bezos’s abided the $500 million price tag of Oceanco, the Dutch custom yacht builder, to create the 417-foot megayacht. But when the company, at Bezos’s behest, requested that a local bridge be dismantled to make way for its gigantic mast on its journey from the shipyard, public sentiment turned against the cento-billionaire, and Oceano shelved its request. Maybe a port like Monaco would be more accommodating?

Also not on this list is the world’s largest private yacht, reportedly owned by Alisher Usmanov. Though size and cost typically scale in the world of superyachts, this is not always the case (see #1 in this list.) Also, Somnio, the 728-feet dream-monikered yacht liner that tops our list of the world’s largest private yachts , isn’t quite done being constructed. And it is not, like most of the largest superyachts, privately owned by one individual or family—it’s a kind of floating condo, with 39 eight-figure homes available to potential owners solely by invitation.

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6 Last-Minute Travel Tips for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

I n less than a month, people will look to the sky as the moon passes between the sun and the Earth in a celestial event known as a total solar eclipse . The phenomenon is set for April 8, 2024, and the next one that can be seen from contiguous United States will be August 2044 , so it's unsurprising that eclipse fever has gripped the nation. Between 1 and 4 million people are predicted to travel to the path of totality, joining the 31 million people already living within it.

Among the tours, cruises, hotels, and even scenic flights offering their own spin on the total solar eclipse experience, here are six tips that last-minute planners should keep in mind for the special day.

1. Figure out where you want to go

There are 13 U.S. states on the path of this year's eclipse: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine (small parts of Tennessee and Michigan are also in the path). Among all of these states, totality will occur in two national parks-Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas and Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio-and they're expected to get crowded. Instead, consider one of the more than 100 state parks along the path, some of which are more off the radar. If you're more of a city dweller, you can also experience totality in big cities, including San Antonio, Austin, Cleveland, and Rochester.

Consider the weather, too. According to NOAA 's past weather records, April weather seems to bring more chances of rain-meaning more potential for cloud coverage-in the Northeast than in the South.

2. Consider the length of totality

Aiming for a destination in the path of totality is a no-brainer, although the amount of totality you'll get depends on where you go. The closer to the center of the path of totality an area is, the longer the total eclipse lasts. Take Austin and Dallas: While both are on the path of totality, Austin will get 1 minute and 46 seconds of totality, while Dallas will get 3 minutes and 52 seconds of totality. The longest duration you can get for totality is about 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Particularly traveler-friendly spots to maximize your time in the dark are Texas Hill Country towns like Kerrville (which will receive around 4 minutes and 24 seconds of totality and is partnering with NASA) and Fredericksburg (which is set to get 4 minutes 23 seconds of totality). Texas Hill Country is also one of AFAR's best places to go in 2024 .

3. Consider camping

If you want a solar eclipse experience surrounded by nature rather than people, camping may suit you better. But booking developed campgrounds at state parks and well-known nature spots will likely be difficult at this point. As an alternative, check for privately owned land through platforms like Hipcamp or look for dispersed camping sites in a national forest, like Ozark National Forest or Green Mountain National Forest . While backcountry spots may not have amenities, they can be perfect for those seeking solitude.

In addition, be sure to check the capacity of a park when it comes to handling the influx of visitors for April 8. As an example, Erie's tourism board is discouraging visits to Presque Isle State Park to prevent bottleneck traffic from its one entry and exit point.

4. Look into a town, festival, or last-minute tour

Plenty of places within the path of totality are putting their own spin on the solar eclipse with dedicated festivities. Get an educational experience at Rochester Museum & Science Center's ROC the Eclipse Festival , a three-day event that includes talks titled "Frontiers of Plasma Physics" and "The Search for Earth-Like Planets" from science experts. Or lean into grandeur at the four-day Texas Eclipse Festival in Burnet, Texas; its lineup includes music performances, yoga sessions, and immersive art experiences. (If you're heading to Texas for the eclipse event in general, check out this interactive map of special activities happening across the state.)

If the mere thought of navigating trip logistics brings a headache, check for the availability of some solar eclipse tours. Some tours still have availability, like Holland America Line's whopping 22-day Solar Eclipse cruise tour through North America. Others, like Travel Quest's Mexico's Copper Canyon Total Solar Eclipse tour , only have wait-list spots. But don't give up hope: As last-minute cancellations roll in, a quick call could secure you a place.

5. Try to get a last-minute spot at hotels in the path of totality

Hotels are leaning into the solar eclipse experience too, and properties are throwing celebrations and dedicated solar eclipse events just for the event. Miraval Austin Resort and Spa is hosting a viewing session with its astrologer, while Hôtel Swexan in Dallas is offering solar eclipse wellness activities on the evening of April 8 that includes meditation, a sound bath, and a Reiki healing session.

Keep in mind that a last-minute booking may cost a premium. Properties all across the band of totality are recording sky-high prices -even budget hotels . Similar to booking tours, do your due diligence and call to check for a cancellation.

6. Come prepared

Of course, you should wear solar eclipse glasses to prevent permanent damage to your eyes. If you're going to an event, check to see if they will be provided or if you'll need to bring your own. If you don't want to buy them, you can use household materials like cardboard to make your own pinhole projector , a contraption that allows you to see the sun change shape as the moon crosses in front of it.

In addition to bringing materials for the day of the event, anticipate what happens next. The length of totality is less than five minutes, but the traffic afterwards may disrupt your plans for hours. If you're coming from a crowded park or city, be on the safe side and come prepared with extra snacks and water.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun in total alignment.

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