Scenic has announced the launch of Scenic Eclipse – the World’s First Discovery Yacht. Three years in planning, the launch of Scenic’s Ocean Cruise Line heralds a new direction for the award winning luxury travel operator which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Launching on 31 August 2018, Scenic Eclipse will embark on her maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice before sailing to The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords.
The Ultimate in Luxury
The 6-star mega yacht for 228 guests features 114 all-verandah suites, from the spacious 32sqm Verandah Suite to the truly luxurious 233sqm two-bedroom Owner’s Penthouse Suite.
Its wealth of public space includes a choice of six on board dining options – contemporary French fine dining, Pan-Asian, Italian and steak to casual alfresco dining on the Pool Deck or in the Ocean Cafe Lounge. The ship also features a 450sqm spa featuring an extensive menu of luxury treatments, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis and plunge pools. The wellness aspect is complemented by a well-equipped gym with a separate yoga and pilates studio. Butler service is included, with an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio and on board entertainment and lectures will take place in the 240 seat theatre.
As with all Scenic cruises, all tips and gratuities are included as the Wi-Fi, local guides for included shore excursions, a choice of included Scenic Freechoice activities to personalise the guest experience plus Scenic Enrich special events.
The interiors have been designed by Karen Moroney who derived inspiration from a number of the world’s leading luxury hotels.
The ship has been specifically designed to navigate challenging seas in the utmost comfort and safety. Scenic Eclipse will utilise innovative zero speed stabiliser fins, 50 per cent larger than standard to provide even greater stability. These sophisticated stabilisers, normally only found on the largest private super yachts, also work when the ship is stationary; adding further to guest comfort.
Scenic Eclipse will have the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A Super), providing an added element of safety for guests. For Arctic and Antarctica cruises, passenger numbers will be limited to 200 which enables a number of landings per day for each guest.
Discover a Whole New World
Scenic Eclipse will take guests to places previously thought inaccessible with two on board helicopters and a seven-seat submarine. Our on board Discovery Team is there to help guests experience the very best of these remote regions. Led by experts in their fields, the team will cover a range of subjects and interests plus a full complement of dedicated Antarctic and Arctic team members in these two regions. A fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks are also on board plus scuba diving and snorkelling excursions for in-depth discoveries.
Scenic Eclipse has been designed by a collaboration of internal and external naval architects including Foreship in Finland and is being built by Uljanik Group in Croatia. There is the option for a second ship to be delivered in June 2019. Scenic Eclipse joins the Scenic Group’s fleet of 21 river cruise ships throughout Europe, Russia and South East Asia.
Speaking at Scenic’s annual Night of Stars trade event in Sydney, Chairman Glen Moroney commented: “Our goal with Scenic Eclipse was to open up the private Discovery Yacht experience so that our guests could discover regions previously only visited by a fortunate few.
“In many cases only the supremely wealthy or explorers and adventurers could have travelled to the Antarctic hinterland or have ventured below the surface to witness Polar wildlife in their natural habitat but now we are making these experiences accessible to our guests whilst they travel in the utmost luxury and safety.”
The full brochure detailing the 18 different itineraries will be available in February.