eclipse polar bear cruise

Ultimate Arctic

  • Overview

    THE TOP OF THE WORLD Polar bears, seals, wolverines, whales and more – revel in the opportunity to encounter the creatures of the north as you head into the High Arctic, cruising the Svalbard archipelago. Experience endless summer daylight, sparkling icebergs, vast ice fields and snow-capped mountain ranges. Midnight sun, endless icy tundra, Polar bears and walruses – experience the magic of the Arctic, located at the northernmost part of the planet. Take advantage of Scenic Eclipse’s discovery elements and see even more via Zodiac, kayak, snow shoes and submarine^.

    Duration: 11 days
    Passengers: 200 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Oslo, Norway
    Disembarkation Point: Oslo, Norway
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: Unavailable
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Oslo to Longyearbyen; Embarkation Day

      Your journey into wonder begins in Norway as you fly from Oslo to Longyearbyen where the crew will warmly greet you as you step on board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your luxuriously appointed suite, try on your custom designed parka, then head to the internal climate controlled change room to be fitted with your boots. Enjoy the rest of the day to acquaint yourself with all the sumptuous facilities of your luxurious Discovery Yacht. Raise your glass this evening to toast the start of your Arctic voyage during the welcome cocktail reception hosted by the Captain who will introduce your expert Discovery Leaders and their team.

      IMPORTANT: Please arrive in Oslo by 5am (pre tour accommodation in Oslo recommended).

    • Day 2/10 - Svalbard Archipelago

      The Svalbard Archipelago is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, with rugged glaciers and frozen tundras waiting to be explored. Due to her size and unique technological capabilities, Eclipse will take you on an in-depth exploration of this fragile region of vast environmental significance with minimal impact. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will carefully plan each day’s activities based on the conditions.
      Discovery: Our cruises include a vast range of tailored Discovery experiences and getting out into the big wild will be a highlight. Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks and a submarine (additional cost and subject to regulatory approval), daily Discovery excursions to search for the wildlife, marine life and their predators will take you to places of your wildest dreams.

      Eclipse cruises in the prime time for wildlife spotting, and there will be opportunities to be on the lookout for the dominant predators including Polar bear, who number as many as 3,000 animals, as well as the Arctic fox. Marine species include the carefully protected walrus with its characteristic tusks and several species of whales. Once hunted almost out of existence in a region now transformed into a dedicated conservation area, your encounters with these giants of the sea will be a memory to treasure. There will be the chance to cruise secluded bays and stunning fjords and glaciers on the west coast of the island. Each day, the Discovery Leaders will schedule activities so that when you’re on board you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied, including entertaining presentations, documentaries and more. There will also be time for you to relax in your suite, watch the live streaming on your TV from the exterior cameras, and tempt your palate as you explore the extensive range of dining options.

    • Day 11 - Longyearbyen to Oslo; Disembarkation

      Your cruise ends this morning as you farewell the crew and disembark after breakfast to fly back to Oslo, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities


    Glide amongst icebergs, past elephant seal haulouts, noisy penguin colonies, experience humpback whales alongside your kayaking.



    With an experienced guide snowshoeing allows you to explore further afield from the main group.


    Submarine excursions

    ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval


    Endless Arctic nights

    Svalbard is the Arctic North as you always dreamed it existed. This wondrous archipelago is a land of dramatic snow-drowned peaks and glaciers, of vast icefields and forbidding icebergs, an elemental place where the seemingly endless Arctic night and the perpetual sunlight of summer carry a deeper kind of magic. One of Europe's last great wildernesses, this is also the domain of more polar bears than people, a terrain rich in epic legends of polar exploration.

    The Polar Bear

    To many people, the polar bear is the Arctic. The sight of such an impressive silky white bear wandering the frozen Arctic seas in search of seals symbolizes the cold, isolated nature of the Arctic so well. Polar bears are marine mammals because they spend so much of their lives away from land. In the high Arctic where there is always some sea ice to travel on, polar bears range over ice floes in the pack ice hunting seals all summer. In some areas (e.g. southern Hudson Bay, southern Svalbard) they are simply forced to come ashore. Polar bears rarely venture inland.

  • Inclusions

    All Gratuities

    Gratuities on board and onshore are included.

    Charter Flights

    Includes return flights from Oslo, Norway to Longyearbyen.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - 200-guest luxurious Discovery Yacht
    - 100% spacious verandah suites
    - Specialist Polar Discovery Team on board
    - Widest range of discovery excursions in the Polar regions
    - Active discovery experiences – kayaking and snowshoeing*
    - Average of two discovery excursions per day*

    Not included in your Expedition

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  • Vessel


    The Eclipse is the World’s First Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic. Launching in August 2018, her maiden voyage season will include The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords. Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for only 228 guests, Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury, discovery and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury accommodation
    • Sun terrace
    • Helicopter & hangars
    • Helipad
    • Rectractable glass roof
    • Indoor/outdoor pool
    • Plunge pools
    • Spa sanctuary
    • Observation lounge
    • Outdoor viewing deck
    • Library
    • Theatre
    • Lift
    • Gym
    • Yoga & Pilates studio
    • Medical Centre
    • Self service laundry
    • Mud room
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 6
    Guests #: 200
    Crew #: 192
    Ice Class: 1A Super
    Speed: 17
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 168m
    Width: 21
    Tonnage: 17000
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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We understand that the trip of a lifetime takes planning, so we make the financial commitments easy to manage.

  • Confirm your booking today with just USD$ 1,000 per passenger.
  • Pay your 25% deposit 5 day later.
  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
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Suite Pre-Registration Open

29 Jun 2018 - 09 Jul 2018
All suites onboard the Eclipse are appointed with the finest luxuries and are of the highest standards. The 2018/19 Antarctic season on the Eclipse sold out extremely quickly, so registered and hold your cabin now for when bookings open in early 2018. Enquire now for availability and cabin pricing options.