Scenic is offering guests a chance to experience one of Australia’s untouched patches of wilderness: The Kimberley Coast, where the rugged outback meets the white sand beaches and the Indian Ocean. Adventurous travelers will discover a place rich in natural wonders, wildlife and human history. Scenic Eclipse II, the newest Discovery Yacht from Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, will take guests on an 11-day explorations along the northwest coast of Australia in 2024 and 2025.
"Discover the Kimberley Coastline: An Ancient Wilderness" (sailing from Darwin to Broome) and "Uncover the Kimberley Coastline: An Ancient Wilderness" (sailing from Broome to Darwin) will immerse guests into the Kimberley landscape, wildlife and cultures by day—with bush treks, Zodiac tours and ancient rock art filling the hours—and offer the luxuries of the yacht—the five-star ESPA spa, 10 dining experiences, live shows in the theater, and a long list of spirits and wines—at night.
Scenic Eclipse II offers a robust excursion program led by an onboard Discovery Team consisting of naturalists, biologists, geologists, historians and wilderness specialists. Australians Mike Cusack—a Discovery Team Leader who has spent 20 years as a guide and explorer in Kimberley, as well as having lived in the Kimberley outback among the Aboriginal people for more than a year—and Stephen Martin—renowned world historian specializing in Australian and Aboriginal history—will bring their expertise, knowledge and experiences to the fore. Under Cusack’s guidance, the 15-person Discovery Team will lead daily Zodiac trips and onshore excursions, delivering guests into the mists of waterfalls and to caves where Ice Age rock art adorns walls and ceilings, and providing a look at Australia’s wildlife—from saltwater crocs and migrating humpback whales (and their calves) to the continent’s smallest wallaby.
Kimberley guests will fill their days with explorations of the rivers, rainforests, canyons, reefs and shores with calls on some of Australia’s lauded natural wonders. Montgomery Reef, which lays hidden beneath the waves, teems with sea life. At Talbot Bay, Zodiac and helicopter tours take guests to the famed Horizontal Waterfall. At Bigge Island, ancient Aboriginal rock art from the Wunambal people, shows the first contact with Europeans, while the pre-Ice Age rock art of the Gwion Gwion—in Vansittart Bay—depicts human figures in what is regarded as the world’s oldest art gallery.
The region is also home to wildlife. The Lacepede Island Nature Reserve, Ashmore Reef and the Buccaneer Archipelago are home to hundreds of species (and hundreds of thousands) of birds and the whole region plays nursery and migratory through-way to more than 40,000 humpback whales and their calves as they travel to and from Antarctica.
Ten dining experiences offer guests plenty of dining options. Sushi @ Kokos serves fresh sushi, sashimi and rolls made in front of the guest by a master sushi chef, while Night Market @ Kokos delivers an intimate meal for eight in a cuisine-spanning, cooked-before-your-eyes experience. The fine French fare at Lumière begins with a caviar and champagne toast. Azure Bar & Café offers indoor and outdoor dining all day. Chef’s Garden @ Epicure provides a space for tastings and culinary masterclasses; and the Yacht Club serves breakfast, lunch and gelato. Between meals, guests can unwind in the Lounge where the Whiskey Bar has more than 130 bottles of whiskies from around the world and shipboard entertainers perform at the state-of-the-art theater. Butlers can make arrangements for in-suite dining, including.
Scenic Eclipse II has 114 all-verandah suites, ranging in size from 345 square feet to 2,659 square feet. All guests enjoy butler services.
Deal: Guests booking either itinerary through September 30, 2023, can take advantage of 2-for-1 fares, and additional savings or free business, premium economy or economy air when full payment is made 10 months prior to departure or if booked within 10 months of departure, within 30 days of booking. Fares begin at $12,100 per person, double.