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Scenic Eclipse luxury cruise ship follows MSC into Saudi with summer 2021 itineraries

Scenic Group will join MSC Cruises in Saudi Arabia with a number of roundtrip cruises from Jeddah between July and December, 2021.

Scenic Eclipse will sail a range of chartered and pre-scheduled cruises from Jeddah between July 17th and December 9th, 2021.

scenic eclipse ship

scenic eclipse

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Scenic Eclipse carries just 228 passengers, as well as an onboard submarine, two helicopters for flightseeing, a fleet of zodiacs and up to a 20-person specialist discovery team.

Her accommodations are made up of spacious Verandah Suites, while her dining options include 10 restaurants.

“Saudi Arabia will be one of the hottest tourist destinations in coming years and we’re very glad guests will get to experience it in 6-star comfort on board Scenic Eclipse,” said Glen Moroney, Chairman, Scenic Group.

“As a business, we continue to raise the bar in ultra-luxury cruising and we are confident that this new season will mark the start of a long relationship with the destination and hope to be able to offer more sailings in the region in the coming seasons as the world starts to open up for international travel,” he added.

Among the numerous destinations Scenic Eclipse will sail to is Yanbu, the diving capital of Saudi Arabia.

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radwa mount in yanbu, saudi arabia.

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This beach destination offers opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and watersports in the Saudi Red Sea, as well as rich cultural experiences.

Yanbu also features the Iona wreck, a well-preserved British merchant steamer sunk in 1915 which can be explored by diving, snorkeling or submarine.

Outside of Saudi, the Scenic Eclipse will also have the possibility of visiting Aqaba in Jordan and Port Ghalib Marina, just a short distance from Luxor in Egypt.

Scenic Group’s itineraries are the second to be announced by an international cruise line after MSC Cruises revealed it will be homeporting for a full winter cruise season in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia this coming November.

Those plans were recently expanded to include a summer cruise season out of Saudi Arabia as well, aboard the new mega cruise ship MSC Bellissima, which most recently homeported in Dubai, sailing in the Arabian Gulf.

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