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The Scenic Difference
Groups discover a unique all-inclusive experience
Scenic Eclipse and its helicopter
eamless luxury is the guiding
principle for Scenic, especially when
it comes to group bookings, and
the new Scenic Eclipse takes the luxury
experience up a notch. The first ocean
cruise ship from Scenic will launch in the
Mediterranean next fall before embarking on
a maiden season through the Americas, the
Arctic, Antarctica, Europe and the Fjords.
"Planners will love the truly all-inclusive
nature of the Scenic brand," says Joelle
Davis, VP of brand management at Scenic.
"From the time attendees step off the plane
everything is included except for the spa
services. For incentive groups, up to 50
percent of the ship is available for buyout, or
the entire ship can be chartered."
The Scenic Difference
Scenic's version of the all-inclusive strives
to make attendees feel like they can leave
their wallets at home. Attendees will not
be asked for a credit card at check-in, and
groups will also be covered for any delays
or cancellations that occur due to weather
and other circumstances that are out of their
control. Combine this with a ton of amenities
for the price-a private butler for every guest,
signature shore excursions, transfers to
and from the ship and included tipping and
gratuities-and it's easy to see why Scenic is
known as a worry-free cruise brand.
"The Scenic difference is less stress,"
says Davis. "We are the only company to
guarantee a refund on a portion of the trip if
we cannot deliver a destination."
Total Eclipse of the Sea
The new Scenic Eclipse boasts 114 suites,
all with outside verandas, and its spacious
surroundings host 228 guests-200 in the
Arctic and Antarctica. The intimate numbers
and an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio
ensure personal service and attention to
detail for all attendees.
The ship has a choice of 10 dining
experiences, including a degustation tasting
menu, Pan-Asian fusion, French fine dining
and a teppanyaki grill. A dedicated cooking
emporium opens the door for culinary
team building led by expert chefs. It's also
equipped with cooking stations and a
hydroponic herb garden.
Scenic excursions push the
boundaries of expectation for attendees.
"Enrich" takes groups behind the scenes
for hyperlocal destination experiences
that are often inaccessible to everyday
travelers. Possibilities include a gala dinner
and music performance in the prestigious
Pope's Palace in Avignon, France, high tea
with a lord and lady on their private estate,
or cultural music and dance events on the
beaches of Colombia and Greece.
Scenic "Freechoice" excursions allow
attendees to discover a destination at a
pace that suits their activity level, dividing
the experiences into active, moderate and
relaxed. Fast-paced adventures include
exploring Seville, Spain, by bike or snorkeling
in Belize's Giant Blue Hole, while more
subdued activities include relaxing in the
volcanic hot pools of Iceland or touring a
whisky distillery on the Isle of Islay off the
coast of Scotland.
The Scenic Eclipse's two helicopters
and seven-seat submarine create their
own possibilities. Groups can explore the
dramatic crags of the Scottish Isles, the
volcanoes of Italy, the underwater ruins in
Greece or coral reefs in the Caribbean in
a submarine built for optimal sightseeing.
The ship also has its own fleet of Zodiacs,
as well as e-bikes, kayaks, scuba and
snorkeling gear, giving groups everything
they need to get up close and personal with
the destinations they visit.
"Planners will love the truly all-inclusive nature of
the Scenic brand. For incentive groups, up to 50
percent of the ship is available for buyout, or the
entire ship can be chartered."
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