Scenic Eclipse has made history by completing the first submarine dive in South Georgian waters in 40 years.
Scenic launched its on-board submarine, Scenic Neptune, on 31 January, with guests embarking on an underwater exploration in Stromness, South Georgia, as part of a 21-day Antarctica & South Georgia voyage.
The line said it was the “first operator to be granted permission to dive submersibles on the islands”.
Scenic director of marine operations Captain James Griffiths said: “We’ve been eagerly awaiting this historic moment since the application process began over two years ago.
“After working closely with the authorities to gain permission, we’d like to thank them for placing their trust in us to operate these dives.
“Seeing our plans become a reality and being able to offer our guests this incredible experience unrivalled by any other cruise line is an incredible moment for our team.
“As a brand we are used to raising the bar, only two years ago we took the title for being the first operator to fly helicopters and partake in commercial submarine dives in Antarctica.
“Our team at Scenic has worked tirelessly to make this happen and we’re grateful for their continued dedication and passion that allows us to provide our guests with a truly unique and unforgettable experience.”
Scenic Eclipse carries 228 guests and features positioning technology that allows the ship to maintain its location without dropping anchor.
The ship also offers guests the opportunity to discover destinations via helicopter and zodiacs.
Scenic Eclipse is currently operating its 2022 Antarctica and South America season through to 28 March, before commencing its inaugural Mediterranean season from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon.
Scenic’s next submarine dive on Scenic Neptune in South Georgia will take place on 9 March 2022.
Two more departures are set to take place during the 2022/23 Antarctica season on 20 November 2022 and 15 February 2023.
Scenic Neptune is capable of diving 200m below the surface.