By James Shillinglaw, Feb 04, 2022
Scenic Eclipse says it has made history with the first submersible dive on South Georgia Islands in 40 years, since the 1982 Falklands War. On Jan. 31, Scenic Eclipse’s six-guest submarine Scenic Neptune took guests on an underwater exploration in Stomness, South Georgia. The historic moment—which aimed to increase guest knowledge and awareness of the region’s delicate eco-system–took place during the 20-day Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands voyage, which departed Ushuaia, Argentina on Jan. 17, 2022. Scenic is the first commercial operator to be granted permission to dive submersibles on the islands after working closely with the authorities.
“We’ve been eagerly awaiting this historic moment since the application process began over more than years ago,” said Captain James Griffiths, director of marine operations for Scenic. “After working closely with the authorities to gain permission, we’d like to thank them for placing their trust in us to operate these dives. Seeing our plans become a reality and being able to offer our guests this incredible experience unrivaled 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 becoming the first operator to fly helicopters and partake in commercial submarine dives in Antarctica. Our Scenic team has worked tirelessly to make this happen and we’re grateful for their continued dedication and passion that allows us to provide our guests with a truly unique and unforgettable experience.”
Jason Flesher, expedition operations manager, who led the first dive, said it was an extraordinary experience to be on board Scenic Neptune’s maiden submarine dive in South Georgia. “It’s a moment that both myself and our guests will remember for a lifetime,” he said. “To personally accompany our very first guests was truly remarkable. We witnessed a diversity of rich marine life unlike anywhere else in the world, including bioluminescent jelly fish, Pelagic Antarctic Krill and a vast array of marine benthic fauna.”
Beyond the first submarine launch in South Georgia, Scenic said the 2023-24 season will bring even more opportunities for guests, since both of the company’s Discovery Yachts, Eclipse I and II, will be in Antarctica for the season and will be offering Fly and Cruise options. Guests booking sailings on a 2023-24 Antarctica season cruise can save up to 20 percent on selected suites when paying for their cruise in full 12 months prior to departure. For more information, call 844-788-7985 or visit www.scenicusa.com.