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Cairns - Denpasar - Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Eclipse II
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Embark on a 17-day cruise from Cairns to Denpasar aboard the Scenic Eclipse II. Departing from Cairns, the capital of Tropical North Queensland, this cruise takes you to the tip of Australia and Thursday Island before venturing into the blue open ocean to explore Indonesia's remote islands, seldom visited by tourists. Encounter Indigenous cultures, ancient trading ports, and elusive wildlife, including the legendary Komodo dragon. Relax on deserted beaches, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, and marvel at dramatic landscapes. Scenic's expert Discovery Team will guide fascinating excursions into each destination.
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Highlights
  • Explore the meeting point of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest in Cairns, Australia
  • Discover the high-end boutiques and chic restaurants in the glamorous resort town of Port Douglas
  • Witness the unique blend of cultures in Thursday Islands and learn about the pearling industry
  • Experience snorkeling in the biologically diverse ecosystems of Sandy Cay, Creech Reef
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Day 1: Cairns, Australia | Embark

Cairns is the capital of Tropical North Queensland and the departure point for your cruise. It's the only place on Earth where two World Heritage-listed sites meet—the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The town showcases Queensland's relaxed lifestyle and offers numerous dining spots, outdoor bars, and lively markets.

This afternoon, board Scenic Eclipse II, your home for the next 17 days. Be greeted with a glass of Champagne, meet your butler, and settle into your luxurious suite. Join your fellow guests at the Sky Bar for a cocktail with a view over the vibrant city as you depart, ready for the adventure of a lifetime.  

Please book your flight to arrive in Cairns before 02:00 PM.

Day 2: Port Douglas

It’s just a short sail north to your first port, to the glamorous resort town of Port Douglas. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town became the state’s most famous tourist destination in the 1980s thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. Today, the streets are lined with high-end boutiques and chic restaurants while dazzling yachts bob off the multi-million-dollar marina. Spend the morning strolling through the charming town waterfront, sampling local produce at the many cafes and restaurants along Macrossan Street. Or head to the stunning Four Mile Beach, a long strip of golden sand fronting onto calm, turquoise water just on the edge of Port Douglas. 

You depart Port Douglas just after lunchtime and sail north alongside the Great Barrier Reef. Cruising through crystal-clear waters with hundreds of islands and coral cays is a truly spectacular sailing. Grab a seat at the Observation Lounge or ask your butler to bring afternoon tea to enjoy on your private verandah. 

Day 3: Sandy Cay, Creech Reef

The Great Barrier Reef runs almost the full length of the Queensland coast, and this morning, cruise in the northernmost section alongside the remote Cape Yorke Peninsula. Sitting on the reef's outer edge, around 60km from the mainland, is Creech Reef and the secluded Sandy Cay, only accessible by smaller vessels like Scenic Eclipse II. The coral reefs here spread up to 40km wide and comprise some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. Scenic Eclipse II will stop off at Sandy Cay so you can step off into your private island in the middle of the Coral Sea. The GPS Dynamic Positioning allows your Discovery Yacht to maintain its location without dropping anchor into the sensitive seabed, preserving the pristine destinations you're visiting. 

This is one of the best snorkeling locations on the Great Barrier Reef, where an incredible variety of fish and coral awaits, and the warm water temperature means you can happily bob about in there for hours. In these calm waters, Scenic Eclipse II can open the marina so you can dive straight in or use the many water toys on board. 

Day 4: Cape York | Thursday Islands

Continue north overnight and discover a unique location in Queensland and a travel wish list of many Australians as you dock in Cape York, the northernmost point of mainland Australia. This experience is marked by the sight of the rocky headland overlooking startlingly aqua seas few people ever see. Toast your visit with a glass of Champagne from the Sky Bar or Observation Terrace as your ultra-luxury yacht cruises past the “Tip of Australia.” 

Then, continue to the Torres Strait, an archipelago of more than 100 islands stretching from Cape York to Papua New Guinea. These islands have a fascinating and distinct blend of cultures influenced by ancient Indigenous peoples and modern history. Arriving at Thursday Island this afternoon, you can learn more about this captivating cultural mix, the history of British settlement, and the region’s pearling industry.

Day 5-6: At Sea

Enjoy two relaxing days in ultra-luxury comfort at sea as Scenic Eclipse II makes her way northwest into Indonesian waters. You can do as much or as little this morning as you want. Soak in the comforts of your luxuriously appointed suite, which wraps you with the luxuries of a 6-star hotel. Or ask your butler to bring breakfast to your suite, where you can enjoy it on the verandah as the deep blue waters of the Arafura Sea slip by outside.  

Then, take some time to explore your Discovery Yacht. Visit the Sky Bar and outdoor Vitality Pool on Deck 10, where you can watch the world slip by from the comfort of a private cabana. Step into the tranquil Senses Spa on Deck 6 with its steam rooms, saunas, plunge pool, and KLAFS Salt Therapy Lounge. Stop for a coffee or a cocktail at one of the nine bars and lounges on board. Curl up with a good book in the library of the Observation Lounge, or take one with you and find the hanging egg chairs on Deck 7. For something more interactive, check the daily program to see what lectures or discussions the Discovery Team is running and learn more about upcoming ports, wildlife, or activities.

Day 7: Yamdena Island (Tanimbar Islands), Indonesia

You can spot land early this morning: the remote Tanimbar Islands. One of Indonesia’s most far-flung outposts, this archipelago of 65 islands sits just a few hundred kilometers north of Darwin. The islands range from densely forested hills to low-lying swamplands and deserted beaches. As Scenic Eclipse II sails towards the largest island, Yamdena, and the capital, Saumlaki, it will discover a bustling city home to around 20,000 people. 

Smaller villages on the island have retained many unique cultural traditions, including music, dance, and crafts. The Tanimbar Islands are also famous for the rare birds that inhabit the untouched forests, making it a popular destination for ornithologists. Listen closely as the Scenic Eclipse gently and silently glides by.

Day 8: Kai Islands

There are millions of beaches in Indonesia, yet the ones you see today might be the most beautiful in the country. The Kai Islands are part of the Maluku Province and are made entirely of white sand and coral. Talcum powder beaches are lapped by the strikingly blue waters of the Banda Sea and fringed with lush rows of palm trees. Despite their jaw-dropping beauty, these islands remain far off the tourist trail.

Spend today living out your castaway fantasies on a deserted island, swimming, snorkeling in the warm water, or just lazing on the sand.

Day 9: Banda Islands

The Banda Islands have long fascinated travelers for more than 700 years. Once known as the Spice Islands, this legendary cluster of exotic ports was a thriving trading hub for rare spices like nutmeg and mace. 1512, Portuguese explorer Francisco Serrao completed an arduous round-the-world journey and became the first European to set foot on Banda Neira. For the next three centuries, these tiny volcanic outcrops were highly prized and fiercely fought over by every great colonial power. This intriguing history is woven into the fabric of the island, with grand Portuguese, Dutch, and British architecture lining the streets and imposing forts looking over the harbor. Explore the town, hear its colorful stories, and get an insight into its tumultuous past. Offshore, the snorkeling around Banda Neira is some of the best in Indonesia and can be enjoyed by Scenic’s selection of water toys, like stand-up paddle boards or kayaks.

Day 10: At Sea

Today is the perfect opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation while you sail to sea. The indulgent Senses Spa awaits the ultimate well-being at sea on Deck 6. This expansive 550m2 gold-leaf emblazoned spa is like nothing you can see on any other ship. Inside this luxurious retreat, you can be pampered with various ESPA treatments, including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and alternative therapies like Tibetan bowl sound healing. After your treatment, cool off in the Vitality plunge pool on the Senses Spa Pool Deck or warm up in the exclusive KLAFS Salt Therapy Lounge, where heated, aromatherapy-scented loungers gently purify the body. You can also find saunas, steam rooms, therapeutic pressure showers, and a hair and beauty salon within the spa complex. 

For a more active indulgence, the state-of-the-art gym is fully equipped for cardio workouts and strength conditioning – all with a spectacular ocean view. The Yoga & Pilates Studio, the only kind at sea, offers traditional yoga and Pilates classes, aerial yoga (using silk hammocks strung from the ceiling), TRX, and mindfulness meditation.

Day 11: Alor Island

After sailing across the Banda Sea, Scenic Eclipse II will arrive at Alor Island this morning. The easternmost and largest of the 20 islands in the Alor archipelago, Alor has rugged volcanic terrain dotted with traditional villages—a sight to behold and one for the avid photographer.  

Alor Island is home to several unique Indigenous tribes that live in the same way they have for thousands of years. Visit a local village this morning to see the striking architecture and well-preserved customs. Alor is also known as ‘the island of a thousand mokos.’ Mokos are small bronze drums believed to have originated from the Don Dong culture of Vietnam, and many homes in Alor will have one in pride. 

Just after midday, set sail for Sika Island, a tiny outcrop off the north coast of Alor. This beautiful island is a conservation area and best known for its population of dugongs. Reaching up to three meters long and weighing 400kg, these enormous sea mammals float gracefully through the crystal-clear water, munching on seagrass. They can be spotted from Deck 10 or the Observation Lounge through Scenic’s Swarovski crystal telescope. 

Order a nightcap from your butler tonight and stay up late as you sail past an extraordinary island around 11 pm. Pulau Komba is home to Mount Batutara, an active volcano that erupts every 20 minutes. Even at night, you should be able to see the glowing lava and explosive spray as you pass by. 

Day 12: Larantuka, Flores Island

Flores Island is fast becoming one of Indonesia’s most popular destinations. Set on the far eastern edge of the island, it was founded by the Portuguese in the 15th century and spent many years as the trade and administrative center of the region.  

Scenic Eclipse II can dock right in the center of the city. Wander the streets at your leisure and soak in its cool maritime flavor. Witness the Portuguese connection and a rich Catholic history in the buildings surrounding you. Admire the famous Katedral Reinha Rosari, known as the Church of Iron, which resembles an ornate Disney castle. The city is a major pilgrimage site for Catholics over Easter, and you may see early preparations underway for the grand Holy Week celebrations. 

Day 13: Ende, Flores Island

Sailing along the southern coast of Flores, arrive at the port of Ende this morning. One of the largest towns on the island, Ende offers a dramatic approach, sitting on a peninsula surrounded by black sand beaches. While the town is small, the nearby Kelimutu National Park attracts countless visitors. 

The park is home to Mount Kelimutu, a dormant volcano with three spectacular lakes in its craters. The lakes change color throughout the year, thanks to underground gases being released through volcanic vents. They may be vivid turquoise, blue, green, white, or even pink. Local legend says that the lakes are the resting place for departed souls, some evil, some innocent. Stare into the milky waters, and you can see why they inspire such myths. If you can draw your eyes away from the lakes, look up and try to spot the park’s endemic bird species, like the Floresian eagle, Timorese tesia, and Wallacea owl. 

Day 14: Komodo Island

This is a momentous day for all aboard Scenic Eclipse II, cruising into one of the world’s great natural treasures. Today, come face to face with the eponymous species of giant lizard roaming these forests for millions of years. 

Stretching up to three meters long and weighing over 150kg, the Komodo dragon is a lizard. It lives on just a handful of islands in the Indonesian archipelago, mostly found on Komodo Island.  

Board Scenic Eclipse II again at midday to cruise around the island to the famous Pink Beach. The soft sand is colored pink by finely crushed pieces of coral and shells, just one of seven pink beaches worldwide. The turquoise water that laps the shoreline makes for a striking contrast. Beneath the surface, the wonders continue with hundreds of species of coral and an abundance of fish.

Day 15: Sumbawa Island

Sailing west overnight, Scenic Eclipse II will arrive at the port of Badas on Sumbawa Island this morning. Order your breakfast to your room and get ready for sights to behold. Though it is close to Bali and Lombok, Sumbawa has yet to be discovered by tourists and retains its strong cultural identity. The few who venture here come mostly for the epic surf, spectacular reefs and wild terrain, and plenty to satisfy a taste for adventure. 

The island of Sulawesi sits directly north of Sumbawa, and its local Makassarese culture has strongly influenced it. You can tour a village and see centuries-old traditional practices, like rice pounding and weaving, which are still in practice.

Day 16: Lombok Island

After more than two weeks of exploring volcanic highlands, traditional villages, and untouched wilderness, it's time to relax. Scenic Eclipse II will arrive this morning at the perfect place – Senggigi Beach on Lombok Island. Your Discovery Yacht will depart close to midnight, so you have a full day to unwind, partake in water activities, or soak up paradise.

Lombok is a short distance from Bali, but the islands are worlds apart. With fewer tourists, you can find a quiet stretch of sand, empty waves, and more laid-back shopping streets. Senggigi Beach is Lombok's main strip and the beginning location for many adventures. With a late departure, toast to your cruise's final sunset, enjoying the stunning views from the Sky Bar with your favorite cocktail in hand.

Day 17: Benoa (Denpasar) | Disembark

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Arrive at your final port this morning, Bali, the Island of the Gods. It's just one of more than 18,000 islands that make up the country of Indonesia, but it's long been a favored destination for Australian travelers. Spectacularly beautiful, culturally diverse, and brimming with luxury, Bali is truly a little piece of paradise.  

Scenic Eclipse II will dock off the coast of Benoa, a peninsula on the island's southern edge. Before you depart, farewell your fellow guests and crew, and take memories of exotic islands, fascinating cultures, and unparalleled 6-star indulgence. 

Please book your flight to depart out of Denpasar after 12:00 PM.

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Book your Scenic Eclipse cruise for select 2024-2026 departures by September 30, 2024, and enjoy 2-for-1 fare on your cruise pricing.

An additional bonus of up to $2,000 Scenic select savings per suite on select departures. Savings vary by departure.

Free air offers are also available based on suite category and destination when you pay in full 10 months prior to departure. If sailing is within 10 months, you can pay in full within 30 days to receive these offers or 120 days prior to departure - whichever is soonest. Bonus savings options are available in lieu of air with the same payment terms. Amount varies by region.

Single Supplement: A free single supplement is available on select 2024 departures. Full payment is required. Other departure dates may have a 45% single supplement. Single supplement offers do not apply to  GP, OP, OT, SB, SA, S, or P cabin categories.

Flexible Booking Plan allows you to defer your booking to an alternative date or cancel your journey until 120 days prior to departure. Enjoy a Future Travel Credit to use on an alternate tour/cruise, valid for 24 months. The offer is valued at $250 per person—no substitutions, no cash value.

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D Verandah
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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DA Deluxe Verandah
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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DB Deluxe Verandah
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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DD Grand Deluxe Verandah
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, located on Deck 5, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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C Verandah
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Deck 6, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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CA Deluxe Verandah
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 6, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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CD Grand Deluxe Verandah
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, located on Deck 6, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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GP Grand Panorama
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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B Verandah
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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BA Deluxe Verandah
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Decks 6, 7 or 8 provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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BD Grand Deluxe Verandah
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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A Verandah
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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AA Deluxe Verandah
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Decks 6, 7 or 8 provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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AD Grand Deluxe Verandah
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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S Spa
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will
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P Panorama
1,184sqft. Located at the front of the yacht on Deck 8 these opulent suites feature spacious curved terraces, a king-sized bed, full bath with steam shower and additional features and services.
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SA Spa
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services
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SB Spa
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services
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OP Owner's Penthouse
2,099sqft. The oversized Owner’s Penthouse Suites are the ultimate indulgence. Located on Deck 9 and elegantly appointed with spacious curved terraces featuring a private Jacuzzi and the best views onboard, you will never want to leave.

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All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
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  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
  • 16 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Complimentary beverages
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Select drinks including a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits are not included in the package and may be available at an additional charge
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • All travel invoice risks. We strongly recommend you to take out comprehensive travel insurance with a reputable insurance company to cover you against risks associated with your tour. Including cover for loss of luggage, medical expense, and cost and expenses incurred due to cancellations, delays, or other disruptions

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