Scenic Cruises is redesigning eight ships, offering travelers perks on 2019 sailings, and is experiencing delays with the launch of Scenic Eclipse. Here’s what you need to know now when it comes to this luxury cruise line.
Scenic Remodels Eight Ships
After introducing a new ship design for its two Space-Ships sailing in France, Scenic has decided to bring this design to Europe’s Rhine, Main and Danube rivers with the remodeling of all eight ships on those waterways.
Set to debut in 2019, the Space-Ships Scenic Ruby, Pearl, Jasper, Opal, Amber, Crystal, Jade and Jewel will be remodeled this winter. Highlights include reducing the number of cabins to 81 and guests to 161 on the Ruby and Pearl ships and to 83 cabins and 165 guests on the other six vessels, while still keeping the same crew count. Two new 520-sq.-ft. Royal Owners Suites will be added, along with larger wellness centers that will include the gym, massage services, and a 3-station Salt Therapy lounge. The Space-Ships offer all-inclusive luxury experiences with private butler service, full-size private balcony staterooms, unlimited complimentary beverages and spirits including a mini-bar, and more.
Offers for 2019 Sailings
To further entice travelers into hopping onboard one of the soon-to-be-remodeled Space-Ships, new offers were announced for guests booking a 2019 sailing by Aug. 31, 2018. Offers include:
- Free air on every cabin and itinerary, including free Premium Economy for some stateroom categories on 11+ day sailings; $1,000 or $1,500 Scenic savings in lieu of free flights
- $595 Premium Economy upgrades; Business Class upgrades are also available
- Up to $1,000 savings per couple when full payment is made by Aug. 31, 2018
- No single supplements on select sailings of 11+ days in April-November with the exception of June and September, where single supplements will be sold at a 50 percent discount
- 50 percent off single supplements all season long on 8- to 10-day departures
Delays for New Ship
The cruise line also recently announced that the launch of Scenic Eclipse, the world’s first discovery yacht, has been delayed until late January 2019. According to press materials, Glen Moroney, Scenic founder and chairman, said that construction issues within the shipyard have caused the delay.
“Despite the best efforts of our Scenic Eclipse build supervision team to make up construction time, we are not prepared to compromise the quality of the vessel and potentially impact guest experiences to meet the original late August launch date,” said Moroney in press materials.
Guests will be provided with a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with travel plans. The cruise line is also working with agents and their clients to reschedule their trip within the next two years. Guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage during this time will receive a future cruise credit to the value of 25 percent off the cost of their rebooked cruise. Agent commissions will also be protected on all affected bookings.
For more information, visit scenicusa.com.
To read about some of the Scenic Eclipse itineraries, including a 13-day voyage through one of the most geographically isolated areas of the world, click here.