Is one cruise much like another?

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The answer is not if you are travelling on Scenic Eclipse which sails on its maiden voyage in August.

Inside Scenic Neptune

The reason for it being different s that it carries a small submarine for the use of passengers.

Called the Scenic Neptune, it is capable of diving to a depth of 300 metres with seating for up to six guests plus the pilot. It has been designed to give as much all-round visibility as possible and to be very manoeuvrable giving passengers the opportunity to get up close and personal as the phrase goes.

But will six passengers be the sum total of all the passengers on board that will want to explore the depths? The submarine will dive up to eight times a day giving 48 people the opportunity to see what is hidden in the oceans to most of us. On a seven day cruise that means at least 320 people will be able to explore the depths.

Submarines are by their very nature, small and can be tight on space. The builders of the Scenic Neptune say that “acrylic spheres are constructed from a material which has the same refraction index as seawater, therefore it visually disappears underwater and provides a very open and spacious feeling.”

The design consists of a three-person pod on the front and at the back of the sub for a total of six guests plus the pilot. The seats are mounted on a platform that can swivel 280 degrees to allow viewing from both sides of the submarine and strong exterior lights will allow guests to take in the colours and details of wrecks and other underwater sights.

Those lucky enough to get seats on the submarine will, in the words of the cruise line, be able to see on various cruises, “volcanic pinnacles, sheer walls, majestic wrecks, a wide diversity of marine life and beautiful reefs”

The first cruise on August 15th will be from Reykjavik in Iceland to Quebec in Canada.

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