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Scenic Eclipse II to set sail through Europe this April

Cruise the waters from Portugal to Spain in style aboard the brand-new ultra-luxury super yacht.

Scenic Eclipse II to set sail through Europe this April

Cruise the waters from Portugal to Spain in style aboard the brand-new ultra-luxury super yacht.
Scenic Eclipse II Cruise

Sip on a glass of the finest French Champagne aboard Scenic Eclipse II as it sets sail on its maiden voyage on April 13th. You’ll follow the 11-day Incredible Iberian Discovery itinerary, traversing the Atlantic from the vibrant city of Lisbon to Barcelona’s colour and art-filled streets. 

But this is no regular all-inclusive cruise; this is the epitome of ultra-luxury. Not content with just five stars, the Scenic Eclipse II superyacht boasts six, taking it beyond the best consumer ships out there. 

No more than 228 guests are on board at any one time, matched by the same number of staff in an almost 1:1 ratio. Butler services are the norm, too, no matter which suite you find yourself in. If you’re lucky, it’s the two-bedroom penthouse suite on deck nine, complete with a spa, spacious bathroom, and large curved balcony. 

On the very top deck is a helipad, the idling place of the superyacht’s two helicopters. You’ll have to pre-book a time to do some ‘flightseeing’ along the coast, most definitely if you want to head off on a once-in-a-lifetime heli-golf or heli-skiing (in season, of course) adventure. While other guests are busy skywards, take the custom-built Scenic Neptune for some sub-sea exploring. Seating just three — the helmsman, yourself, and your travel companion — the submarine affords you a unique view of the coral reefs and sunken wrecks beneath the surface.

Back on board, swan about the Sky Bar on the Sky Deck pre-dinner, martini in hand. Take your pick of the outdoor seating — all of it comes with a 270-degree view of the ocean ahead — or book private cabana seating for something a little more intimate. The custom-designed Scandinavian Vitality Pool is a nice reprieve from the sun, with the water temperature set specifically to the destination’s climate.  

Dinner could be any one of ten experiences, the most sumptuous being the Chef’s Table @ Epicure. Savour your way through 11 courses, each paired with the perfect wine chosen by the master of wine Keith Isaac. 

Scenic Eclipse II to set sail through Europe this April

Scenic Eclipse II to set sail through Europe this April

Scenic Eclipse II to set sail through Europe this April

Scenic Eclipse II to set sail through Europe this April

Incredible Iberian Discovery Cruise 

Follow in the historical footsteps of the Portuguese, Spaniards, and Moors as you set sail from Lisbon and follow the Atlantic coast past the Strait of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean. 

Along the way, be charmed by quaint fishing villages, ancient Roman ruins, and idyllic glistening beaches. 


Day 1 – Barcelona 

Board the Scenic Eclipse II in Barcelona and become acquainted with your home for the next 11 days. 

Day 2 – Palma de Mallorca 

With a rich cultural heritage inherited from the Romans, Catholics, and Moors, wander the narrow streets of Palma’s casco antiguo (ancient district) and admire the elegant archways, mediaeval churches, charming squares, and grand palaces. 

Passengers can take a walking tour to Soller Village, Valldemossa and the Son Marroig mansion, or Palma de Mallorca. 

Perfect for those who love water and the mountains, go snorkelling in a rocky cove beach after a short hike on a cobbled path through beautiful olive groves.  

Day 3 – Mahon 

Life on Mahon is dictated by the slow and gentle waves that lap the shoreline. Visit the charming fishing village of Fornells, Monte Toro — the highest mountain on the island — and Sant Patrici, a cheese farm and vineyard.  

Those looking for something more active can hike the UNESCO biosphere reserve or bike to the picturesque villages of Punta Prima, Biniancolla, and Binibeca. 

Day 4 – Ibiza 

Scenic Eclipse II to set sail through Europe this April
Ibiza Town / Belinda Fewings ~ Beach Sant Joan de Labritja, Ibiza / Slow Ibiza

While known for its vibrant nightlife, there’s more to Ibiza than meets the eye. Discover archaeological sites and small villages untouched by nature via either a walking or bike tour. 

Learn to make cheese from scratch at a family-run farm, or enjoy an artisan soap workshop followed by an alcohol-free mojito tasting.  

Day 5 – Cartagena 

Recognised for the wealth of ancient sites, take a walking tour of Cartagena and admire the modernist buildings to learn about the history of the area. Visit the Cathedral in Murcia and see the three different architectural styles of Baroque, Renaissance, and Gothic. 

Get up close and personal with pure Spanish-bred horses and be treated with an Andalusian dancer and stallion performance.

Join a local and kayak through the area surrounding the former fishing village of Cabo de Palos or admire the beautiful streets and squares as you cycle around the Cartagena city centre. 

Day 6 – Málaga 

Birthplace of Pablo Picasso, visit the Museo Picasso Málaga which pays homage to the virtuoso. See the difference in work and styles throughout his life from The Weeping Woman to Guernica. 

Uncover gastronomic delights such as tinto de verano, an iced summer wine, and wander the streets filled with architectural delights, from colourful Baroque designs to historic Roman theatre. 

Day 7 – Puerto Banús (Marbella)

Setting the standard in exclusivity and known for luxurious cars, impressive yachts, and expensive shops, Puerto Banús was developed to reflect the culture, tradition, and sophistication of the area. 

Tour the village of Andalucía and Marabella, or visit a traditional fishing port and learn about the fishing trade and ecologic aquaculture. Board a local boat and sail to the sea farm to see how the local molluscs behave and make sounds similar to the typical Spanish castanets. 

Day 8 – Seville 

With styles ranging from the Gothic of the Cathedral de Santa Maria de la Sede to the Baroque of Iglesia Colegial del Salvador, dock right in Saville’s heart and start your discovery. 

Be mesmerised by an electrifying performance of flamenco dances and an exclusive equestrian show.  

Day 9 – Seville 

Scenic Eclipse II to set sail through Europe this April
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See / Henrique Ferreira

On the second day in Seville, discover the most iconic landmarks in the city, such as Plaza de España, Maria Luisa Park, the Cathedral of Seville, or Casa Pilatos — the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli family. 

Experience the unique taste of sherry at one of the most famous wineries in the world in the sherry capital of Jerez de la Frontera. 

Following last night’s show, today, you’ll learn how to flamenco through the use of palmas (clapping) and zapateado (footwork). 

Day 10 – Portimão 

A bustling historic centre, Portimão was once a well-known fishing port but has since transformed into a breath-taking promenade with shops selling traditional lace, ceramics, and leather goods. 

Learn about the history and admire the incredible views at the Fort of Sagres, or travel to Cabo San Vicente, the most southwestern point of Europe and previously considered the end of the known world. 

Taste some local wines of the region at Quinta dos Vales while exploring the historic village of Silves and visiting the Castle of Silves.  

Day 11 – Lisbon 

Disembark the ship after breakfast and bid farewell to the crew. Continue your journey elsewhere, or make your way back home. 

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