TTG – Travel Industry News
03 Feb 2022by Will Payne
Scenic Eclipse successfully completed the first submersible dive on the South Georgia Islands since the Falklands War.
The dive was the first of its kind in southern Georgia waters since the Falklands War
On January 31, the submarine aboard Scenic Eclipse, Scenic Neptune, took guests on an underwater exploration in Stomness, South Georgia.
The dive took place during the 21-day Antarctica and South Georgia voyage that departed Ushuaia on January 17.
Scenic is the first operator to be granted permission to dive submersibles on the islands with the aim of increasing knowledge and awareness of the region’s ecosystem.
The next scuba dive will be on the March 9 trip, with two additional departures during the 2022/23 Antarctica season on November 20, 2022 and February 15, 2023. Prices for the 23-day trip start from 18 £875 per person.
Scenic Eclipse is currently sailing her 2022 season in Antarctica and South America until March 28, before traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon to begin her inaugural Mediterranean season.
A group of the ship’s guests were taken diving
Jason Flesher, the expedition’s operations manager, who led the first dive, said it was an “amazing experience” to be aboard Scenic Neptune’s first scuba dive.
“Personally accompanying our very first guests was truly remarkable,” he added.
“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.”