Scenic conducts its first scuba dive in southern Georgia waters in 40 years
Scenic has announced that it has “made history” with the first submersible dive on the South Georgia Islands in 40 years since the 1982 Falklands War.
According to a press release, the Scenic Eclipse’s six-guest submarine, Scenic Neptune, took guests on an underwater exploration in Stomness, South Georgia on Jan. 31.
The historic moment – which aimed to increase guests’ knowledge and awareness of the region’s delicate ecosystem – took place during the 20-day Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands voyage that departed Ushuaia, Argentina, on January 17, 2022.
Scenic said it was the first commercial operator to gain permission to dive submersibles on the islands after working closely with authorities.
“We have been looking forward to this historic moment since the start of the bid process over years ago. After working closely with the authorities to obtain authorization, we would like to thank them for trusting us to operate these dives. Seeing our plans become reality and being able to offer our guests this incredible experience unmatched by any other cruise line is an incredible moment for our team. As a brand, we are used to raising the bar, having only two years ago become the first operator to fly helicopters and participate in commercial scuba diving in Antarctica. Our Scenic team have worked tirelessly to make this happen and we are grateful for their continued dedication and passion which enables us to provide our guests with a truly unique and unforgettable experience,” said Captain James Griffiths, Director of Operations maritime.
Jason Flesher, expedition operations manager, who led the first dive, said it was an “amazing experience” to be aboard Scenic Neptune’s first scuba dive in South Georgia.
“(It was) a moment that myself and our guests will remember for a lifetime. Personally accompanying our very first guests was truly remarkable. We witnessed a diversity of rich marine life like nowhere else in the world. , including bioluminescent jellyfish, pelagic Antarctic krill and a vast array of marine benthic fauna,” Flesher said.
According to the press release, select itineraries in the 2022-2023 Antarctica season offer up to 20% savings.
The 2023-24 season will see the company have the two discovery yachts, the Eclipse I and II, in Antarctica, and will also offer flight and cruise options. Customers booking crossings for a cruise in the 2023-24 Antarctica season can save up to 20% on select suites by paying in full for their cruise 12 months prior to departure.
Scenic’s Discovery Yachts accommodate 228 guests (200 guests in Polar Regions) and feature a 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio and butler service. The onboard Discovery Team of up to 20 members educates passengers, offers expert lectures and advice, and ensures a safe journey.