Scenic Group is getting ready for an exciting future in the cruise industry. Two of their cruise lines, Emerald Cruises and Scenic, are expanding their fleets. Additionally, Scenic has announced their 2023 European cruises, and there’s plenty to get excited about. Both luxury lines are preparing for an increased demand in cruising in the next few years.
The first new ship that Scenic Group plans to roll out is Emerald Sakara. The small cruise line got into the luxury yacht sector earlier this year with Emerald Azzurra, a vessel which Sakara will be very similar to. While we don’t know too much about the specifics of Sakara yet, we do know that it will sail in both oceans and rivers. Azzurra is only 360 feet long with a max capacity of 100 guests, and Emerald has said that Sakara will have the same stats. This will only be the second ocean-going vessel for Emerald, but it will be their 11th ship overall. In terms of amenities, travelers can look forward to an infinity pool, a spa, and two Zodiac boats. Sakara is lined up for an early 2023 debut, and its schedule will consist of warm weather locations like Seychelles and the Mediterranean.
The next ship on Scenic Group’s lineup is Scenic Eclipse II. As the name implies, Scenic Eclipse II will be a sister ship to Scenic Eclipse. That means that it will have a maximum capacity of 228 guests with a crew of 172. It will be 551 feet long and 72 feet wide with a gross tonnage of 22,498. It will also receive a similar deployment to the original Scenic Eclipse. While the concrete itineraries aren’t yet known, Scenic has said that both Eclipses will sail in Europe. Eclipse II is set to begin sailing in the second quarter of 2023, shortly after Emerald Sakara hits the water.
Aside from these two new ships, Scenic Group is still hoping to build the fleets of their cruise lines. They have said that they have plans for other new yachts, most of which won’t be launched until 2024 or 2025. Additionally, Scenic announced their full 2023 European river cruise schedule. One of the highlights is the new Charming Castles and Vineyards itinerary. It begins in Frankfurt and then hits locations such as Cochem, Rastatt, and Breisach over the course of eight days.
Scenic Group definitely has a lot going on right now! It’s an exciting time in the luxury cruise niche. If you want to learn more, you can check out Scenic’s website here and Emerald Cruise’s website here.