Scenic has launched a new combination of sailings and land tours to Antarctica and the Americas as its new expedition ship Scenic Eclipse cuts through ice for the first time.

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Emperor penguins greet Scenic Eclipse on its debut voyage to the Antarctic

The new Antarctica and the Americas 2020/22 brochure introduces a new offering of escorted land journeys tailored to enhance any Scenic Eclipse voyage.

These hand-crafted land itineraries will link seamlessly to a Scenic Eclipse cruise and offer an intimate and authentic experience travelling with a maximum of 20 guests.

Expert Tour Directors will be on hand, too, bringing true insight into the culture, nature and history of South and Central America.

Destinations covered range from Peru, where guests can visit the iconic Machu Picchu, to Iguazú Falls in Argentina to the spectacular landscapes of Patagonia.

There are also opportunities to cruse the Amazon and the Galápagos Islands. Or guests can opt for a city stay or a short extension for a more relaxing experience.

One example is the 14-day Coastal Adventure from Costa Rica to Peru. The ocean voyage includes the chance to visit UNESCO-listed Darien National Park and take surf lessons in Manuel Antonio Beach. While the cruise can be extended with an escorted land tours of Peru or Costa Rica.

Another option is the 16-day Antarctica In-depth cruise. This involves exploring wildlife-rich regions of the continent via kayak tours and Zodiac expeditions, as well as historic research huts and working scientific stations.

The sailing can then be extended with a luxury land tour to Argentina and Brazil, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and Patagonia.

On Scenic Eclipse’s debut voyage to Antarctica, guests were treated to a rare sighting of Emperor penguins in the Weddell Sea.

Captain James Griffith said: “Snow Hill Island is home to a large rookery of Emperor Penguins, but it is incredibly rare to see them at this time of year when the sea ice limits access.

Scenic Eclipse was originally only scheduled for a single stop at the Northern part of the Weddell, but on examining the ice charts we realized the opportunity to push the ship South towards Snow Hill Island… I am genuinely excited to see what other amazing opportunities this exceptional ship will give us to show Antarctica to our guests.”

For more information or to book, visit scenic.co.uk.