The cruise industry might be facing a tricky time but there are some exceptional companies, such as Scenic Eclipse, bucking the trend thanks to a combination of exciting, unique itineraries and a focus on luxury that the mainstream brands can’t hope to match.
Attracting our attention is a cruise around the wild and rugged network of islands on the edge of the Atlantic on board the Scenic Eclipse.
The itinerary of Scenic’s Wild Scotland & Hebrideans cruise mixes pristine beaches, picturesque harbours and local wildlife including puffins, guillemots and Manx shearwaters along the way.
Other highlights include the chance to learn about ancient Norse roots on a hike around the cliffs of Sumburgh head in Lerwick, discover the treasures of Orkney, including the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae and a local beer tasting. Guests can also hike through Stornoway’s sheltered harbour in search of medieval castles, Gaelic culture and rugged coastlines, as well as Iona’s beautiful sandy beaches, with the onboard naturalist, or take a guided walking tour of Portree’s brightly painted waterfront houses.
A photography tour in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull is another option, as is becoming immersed in Scotland’s dance traditions with an exclusive Scottish Ceilidh, learning from local highland dancers.
It all takes place on the Scenic Eclipse ship, a small but luxurious cruise liner that can get all of its 228 passengers into exclusive ports, docking right in the heart of its destination.
Voted the best luxury ship in the world in 2019 following a successful first season sailing six-star luxury cruises, the all-inclusive discovery yacht features two on-board state-of-the-art helicopters allowing unrivalled birds-eye views. There’s also a six-seater submarine for ultimate sightseeing and uninterrupted marine life viewing.
With up to 10 dining options, indoor and outdoor plunge pools, the Senses Spa with latest technology-equipped gym and a 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio and butler service to all guests, guests can enjoy the ultimate in luxury cruising.
The 12-day luxury Wild Scotland & the Hebrideans cruise will sail from Bergen to Dublin on 29 August 2021, with prices starting from £8,480 per person. The price includes return flights, complimentary private door-to-door chauffeur transfers, luxurious suite accommodations, a personal butler, exceptional dining experiences and exclusive shore excursions including Zodiacs and kayaks.
“Despite an incredibly challenging market, this itinerary is over 80 per cent sold and we are optimistic that sales will continue,” explains Martin Solly, brand manager at Scenic Eclipse. “Travel restrictions continue to be on everyone’s radar but we are confident that existing and new customers alike will be keen to join us on board Scenic Eclipse.”
Scenic’s Deposit Protection Plan allows guests to book with confidence, providing full flexibility to change their dates or itinerary up to 120 days before departure.
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