History was made TWICE this week – first by Meghan Markle who announced she’s carrying a royal baby, and the second by Scenic when it confirmed it’s giving birth to a new line of cruises.

There are two babies developing right now, and while Scenic’s offspring may not be blessed with royal blood, it will have an equally strong legacy thanks to its co-parent, National Geographic.

Called ‘National Geographic River Cruises’, the new line of river cruises are described by new parents as a combination of Scenic’s all-inclusive luxury experience and National Geographic’s conservation and exploration.


Each cruise will feature a ‘National Geographic Expert’ who’ll share insights through presentations and informal discussions, as well as a National Geographic Photographer who’ll offer tips on technique and artistry.

Initial itineraries will see the newborn line of cruises take cruisers seeking rich destination insights and enriching experiences to Europe and Southeast Asia, including trips along the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle Rivers; and the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Scenic’s General Manager Product, Lisa Bolton, said the cruise company is proud to align itself with a “historic and well-respected brand” that’ll help deliver guests “enriching and authentic experiences”.

National Geographic’s General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Tim Jones, concurred, saying that together the pair will “promote a deeper understanding of the natural world”.

“Bringing river cruises into our portfolio allows travellers to discover spectacular parts of the world in a unique way.”

Tim Jones, National Geographic General Manager Australia & New Zealand

“Each river cruise offers guests National Geographic’s unique access, knowledge and the ability to give back,” he said. “From these river cruises, a portion of the profits will be donated to the National Geographic Society, which supports researchers and experts engaged in protecting and preserving the planet and its various species and populations.”


What are your thoughts on the new partnership?