Scenic Eclipse switches out Cuba trips

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SCENIC has an­nounced two new itin­er­ar­ies for its up­com­ing Scenic Eclipse, re­vamp­ing its pro­gram in re­sponse to the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ban on cruises to Cuba ( CW 07 Jun).

The change sees new de­par­tures in­clud­ing a 13-day “Taste of Caribbean” cruise from Nas­sau on 08 Oct this year, and an 11-day “Colom­bia & Panama” ex­plo­ration which leaves Mi­ami on 20 Oct 2019, with dis­em­barka­tion in Carta­gena, Colom­bia.

Pre­vi­ously Scenic had sched­uled “Cuba in Depth” and “Taste of Cuba and the Caribbean” itin­er­ar­ies over the same dates, which are now no longer avail­able - al­though the Scenic Eclipse cruise cal­en­dar on the com­pany’s Aus­tralian web­site con­tin­ues to list the Cuba-cen­tric voy­ages.

Scenic said the new Caribbean cruise of­fered rarely vis­ited ports such as Great Inagua Is­land, Gua­naja Is­land in Hon­duras, and Half Moon Caye which is “home to the red footed booby”.

The Colom­bia & Panama sail­ing takes in Belize City, Roatan Is­land, Costa Rica’s Puerto Li­mon (home to a Jaguar Res­cue Cen­tre and Sloth Sanc­tu­ary), San Blas Is­lands and Isla de Prov­i­den­cia, the for­mer base of pi­rate Henry Morgan.

The re­peat­edly de­layed new ship is cur­rently un­der­go­ing sea tri­als in the Adri­atic, and re­mains on track to launch in ex­actly one month’s time, on 15 Aug 2019, with the first cruises in­clud­ing six weeks sail­ing on the North Amer­i­can east coast.

The “World’s first Discovery Yacht” is Polar Class 6 rated, with 114 all-ve­randa suites, 10 din­ing op­tions, two six-pas­sen­ger he­li­copters and a sub­ma­rine.

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