Scenic Salsas to South America

10 Sep 2016

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From bustling Brazil to pristine Patagonia; the archaeological wonders of Peru, the sultry treasures of Central America and the wildlife-rich Amazon and Galápagos Islands, South America is a feast for the senses. No two countries are alike and no two experiences the same.

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Ship sales through Panama canal
The Panama Canal. Photo: Scenic Eclipse

Explore South America from the Scenic Eclipse

An in-depth exploration of the wonders of South America will be possible aboard the new Scenic Eclipse, the first ocean cruise ship from the renowned river cruising line, when she debuts in August 2018.

Following her 14-night maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice, Scenic Eclipse will head to America for three Caribbean sailings, including an extended exploration of Cuba; then to South America and Antarctica, before she heads to the northern hemisphere cruising Europe and the Mediterranean; the Arctic and the Norwegian Fjords.

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Scenic Eclipse super yacht sails through beautiful fjord
Exploring the beauteous fjords. Photo: Scenic Eclipse

Seriously impressive features

Featuring the sleek profile of a luxury super yacht, the all-suite, 228-passenger ship will boast some seriously impressive features, and along with a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks, will have two on-board helicopters and a seven-person submarine, enabling travellers to explore all points on the compass from above, below and in-between in six-star luxury.

A range of South American cruising itineraries complement each other, such as combining the Chilean Fjords with Patagonia and Antarctica; or with the Ultimate Discovery of Panama, Colombia and the Galápagos Islands.


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Beautiful room with spa bath aboard Scenic Eclipse
Elegent decor awaits inside your Spa Suite. Photo: Scenic Eclipse

Ultimate World Discovery

The 27-day ‘Ultimate World Discovery’ cruise aboard Scenic Eclipse is just that. Beginning in World Heritage-listed Colombian city of Cartagena, the voyage includes transiting the Panama Canal, cruising along the coastline to Ecuador, before uncovering the living museum of the Galápagos Islands, the majestic Chilean Fjords, and the remote beauty of the Falkland Islands. The on-board helicopters will enable guests to fly over Panamanian islands and jungles.

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Iguazu Falls South America
Iguaza Falls is a land component of your Scenic Cruise, just a short flight from Rio. Photo: Getty Images

Desirable destinations

Brazil is the perfect stop to add either before or after a Scenic Eclipse cruise; and the 10-night ‘Taste of Argentina with Brazil’ voyage is sure to have you moving to the Brazilian beat, discovering Rio de Janeiro, and taking a flight to Iguazu Falls before spending a few days in charming Buenos Aires. The 1 March 2019 departure will include the spectacular Rio Carnival and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to mingle with revellers, floats and thousands of Samba dancers, and even attend the coveted winners parade.

Scenic also offers city-stay packages in Buenos Aires and Santiago enabling cruise passengers to arrive early to explore or alternatively stay after the cruise to unwind and soak up the city atmosphere. All packages feature luxury accommodation, transfers and touring designed to enhance the cruise experience.

Cuba is also a treasure waiting to be discovered. A 14-day pre-cruise tour from Lima, Peru, to Buenos Aires, includes several days following in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba – including taking horse and carriage rides, visiting a cigar factory and riding in a vintage car.

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Scenic Eclipse ship sails in Antarctica
A polar expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Photo: Scenic Eclipse

Polar expeditions

Extend your time aboard Scenic Eclipse by adding Antarctica to your dream South American itinerary.

In addition to watching the comical antics of the adorable penguins from shore, you’ll be able to enter their icy world below the sea, as they dive and pirouette around Scenic Eclipse’s submarine in an underwater ballet; or you might come eyeball-to-eyeball with a playful seal or whale.

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CGI of restaurant aboard Scenic Eclipse
Share a drink or a meal in one of four bars. Photo: Scenic Eclipse

Luxury afloat

In between excursions, take some time to relax with a massage in the spa; a dip in the heated pool; or share a drink with new friends in one of the four bars and lounges. With your own personal butler to cater to your every whim, you’ll feel like royalty. Scenic’s all-inclusive fare takes care of almost everything on board.

No matter what your desired destination, this extraordinary discovery yacht will take your cruise experience to a whole new level.

Kris Madden

Kris Madden is an award-winning travel writer whose articles have appeared in many Australian and international print and online publications and guidebooks. Her travels have taken her to more than 60 countries combining her love of writing with her passion for adventure.