Scenic is introducing new itineraries that allow guests to avoid the nearly two-day Drake Passage journey — flying from Punta Arenas, Chile, to meet the line’s ultra-luxury Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse, at Antarctica’s King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands.
Utilizing the two-hour flight allows guests on the new nine- and 10-day offerings to be able to enjoy a fully-focused Antarctica adventure.
Scenic is also introducing a 16-day bucket list dream cruise for expedition lovers – the opportunity to explore south of the Antarctica Circle – latitude 66° 33’ south – a rarely visited region of the world.
Guests booking any of the newly launched 2023/24 Antarctica itineraries can save up to 20% when paying for their cruise in full 12 months before departure and is reflected in the pricing below.
Scenic is also offering an air credit of CAD $1,500 per guest.
The new nine-day Antarctica Insights: Fly & Cruise voyage will be Scenic Eclipse’s first-ever fly-cruise, allowing guests to travel over the Drake Passage one way by air – flying from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island to embark the luxury yacht, and returning by yacht to Ushuaia, Argentina for a flight to Buenos Aires and then home.
The flight option to Antarctica provides a shorter overall voyage and allows for even greater exploration of Antarctica. Fares start at CAD $21,087 per person, double.
The reverse 10-day itinerary – flying from King George Island to Punta Arenas at the end of the cruise – is priced from CAD $21,437.
For guests looking to avoid the Drake Passage crossing completely, Scenic is also offering the nine-day Wild Antarctica: Fly the Drake itinerary, with flights both ways between Punta Arenas and King George Island.
Guests will spend one night at each end of the cruise in Punta Arenas and the rest of the time exploring the White Continent. There are three departures and fares begin at CAD $19,301.
Finally – for those travellers who are really looking to explore the farthest and experience a rare opportunity, Scenic is introducing the new 16-day Beyond the Antarctic Circle voyage, which explores the Antarctic Circle in greater depth in more remote locales.
Heading south of latitude 66° 33’ south (Antarctic Circle) brings with it a change in scenery, more sea ice and wildlife living off the krill-rich waters. This once-in-a-lifetime voyage offers a chance to explore more places and make more landings and to spend more time taking in Antarctica’s incredible wildlife-filled landscapes. Prices for the 16-day itinerary on February 9, 2024 start at CAD $25,220.
Go to www.scenic.ca for more.