12 February 2018
Explore the exotic wonders of the Iberian Peninsula and northern Africa, from pristine beaches to Moorish architecture, on board the Scenic Eclipse. Billed as the ‘World’s First Discovery Yacht,’ this elegant vessel is destined to set a new standard in luxury cruising.
The Scenic Eclipse is an intimate yet luxurious vessel, offering everything you could ever hope for from a cruise. Onboard you’ll enjoy highly attentive service with a near one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio, plus you’ll even receive a personal greeting when you arrive. The ship is home to 114 well-appointed suites where you’ll benefit from an academy-trained butler, as well as multiple pool areas, charming outdoor terraces where you can watch the world go by and a spa sanctuary. There's also up to 10 delicious dining experiences onboard, from Asian fusion cuisine at Koko’s to French fine dining at Lumiere’s.
As the ‘World’s First Discovery Yacht,’ adventure is on hand when sailing on the Scenic Eclipse. Enjoy over 140 flexible ‘Freechoice’ excursions in port - taste premium rums in Havana, navigate the Chilean fjords via kayak, explore the penguin-dotted Antarctic Peninsula by Zodiac and even tour the Panama Canal by helicopter! Trips are led by the Discovery Team who are experts in their field, giving you the insight you need to make the most of your destination. You can also extend your trip with a complimentary three-night stay in your final port!
Sail on-board Scenic Eclipse on the nine-day ‘Discover Spain, Portugal and Morocco’ cruise…
Fly into Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and transfer to the Scenic Eclipse for the beginning of your voyage. Before you set sail, take the time to explore this intriguing place, home to the Basilica of Candelaria shrine and the wave-shaped Ausitoria de Tenerife arts venue. Once you embark, raise a glass with your fellow passengers as you head towards beautiful Funchal.
You'll have the day to discover garden island Madeira’s picturesque capital Funchal. Explore the famous flora at the Jardim Orquieda orchid farm, tour the ornate Cathedral of Funchal or stroll across the nearby Praia Formosa pebble beach. Your 'Freechoice' excursions include visiting the Botanical Gardens, riding on a traditional sledge by the waterfront and touring a sugarcane factory!
On Day 3, take the time to rest, relax and explore everything the Scenic Eclipse has to offer. Enjoy a dip in the Scandinavian-inspired spa pools and discover the myriad of dining experiences as you journey across the seas to Morocco.
Your first stop in Morocco will give you the chance to spend a day in the port town of Safi. You can check out its World Heritage-listed Medina and the Essaouira, as well as wander through its souk-lined alleys and visit the nearby Argan Oil collective. You can even experience Moroccan culture with a traditional tea ceremony, henna painting and belly dancing performances!
Made famous by the 1942 movie of the same name, Casablanca is just as fantastic as the silver screen would have you believe, so make the most of your time here! Explore its cultural heritage with 'Freechoice' excursions taking you to the impressive Hassan II Mosque and ornate local synagogue. You can sip coffee in the Place de Nations city square, tour Moorish architecture, and ride the waves at one of the surf schools along the La Corniche shoreline.
This British outpost in the Mediterranean is a unique destination with so much to see and do. Meet its Barbary Macaques, which serve as the only wild monkey population in Europe, test your luck in one of the territory’s casinos or climb the legendary Rock of Gibraltar. You can also tour the tunnels that were dug here as a defensive measure in World War Two, or take a guided bike excursion.
The Spanish port city of Cartagena has been inhabited for over 2,000 years, providing you with a wealth of things to discover. Learn about ancient marine creatures at the Underwater Archaeological Museum, visit the Roman Amphitheatre or head on a guided cycle tour of the city. You can even take a helicopter excursion, allowing you to view scenic landscapes from the air.
Your penultimate day will take you to Palma de Majorca, the jewel of the Balearics. It’s home to some impressive sights like the Caves of Drach, the underwater Lake Martel and the magnificent Cathedral. Hike up the nearby Tramuntana Mountains, dine on local ‘coca de trampo’ flatbread pizza in the city’s cafes or buy leather goods at the ‘Mercat Olivar’ market.
Disembark in Barcelona and extend your time in this magical city with a complimentary three-night stay. There’s so much to see and do here - browse the designer shops lining the Las Ramblas thoroughfare, where you’ll often find performance artists putting on spectacular shows. Make sure you don't miss the architecture of Gaudi and pay a visit to the Nou Camp football ground!