Nearly half the Weddell Sea is covered by the massive, floating, Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, the second largest in Antarctica, and smaller ice shelves along the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. These ice shelves calve huge, flat-topped icebergs some 100 feet above sea level, 400 feet below and many miles long. Powered by deep currents, they slice through fields of frozen sea ice, like icebreakers of the gods.
It takes a unique ship to explore these waters and Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yachts™, is in a class of its own. The first to be designed and built to Polar Class 6 standards, its strengthened hull, forward bow thrusters and electronic Azipod propulsion system enables safe navigation. Our specialist polar Discovery Team share their insights into the environment and history of the region, and their expertise allows us to land in places few others have been before.