Scenic Eclipse christened in New York

Dame Helen Mirren christens Scenic's maiden Discovery Yacht at Manhattan Cruise Terminal

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today celebrated the official christening of Scenic Eclipse – the World’s First Discovery Yacht – on the waters of New York City.

Having set sail on her maiden voyage from Reykjavík, Iceland mid-last month, the six-star, 114 all-verandah suite ship arrived at Pier 88, Manhattan Cruise Terminal overnight.

Scenic Eclipse Godmother Dame Helen Mirren was joined by her husband, Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford and welcomed on board by ship’s co-owners Glen and Karen Moroney.

“It was an honour to welcome Helen and Taylor on board and to share with them our vision and passion which together with the dedication and talent of the Scenic team has created an experience which has set a brand new bench mark in discovery cruising”, said Glen Moroney, Chairman and Founder of Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours.

Glen and Karen Moroney, Scenic Eclipse co-owners, flank Dame Helen Mirren
Glen and Karen Moroney, Scenic Eclipse co-owners, flank Dame Helen Mirren

Ensuring the event ran smoothly, master of ceremonies Claire Newell was on hand to introduce Scenic Eclipse Captain James Griffiths and NYC Ports General Manager Ken Winkler who presented the First Visit Plaque to Mr Moroney.

Glen Moroney then delivered a short speech that spoke of the creative drive and determination to deliver such a unique sailing experience and detailed the history of the build from its first moment of conception. Karen Moroney and her design team comprising of Carmen Mikus (Interior Project Design) and Niksa Fiorienni (Architect) were acknowledged as the creative drive behind Scenic Eclipse.

Reflecting the ship’s stylish and exclusive ethos, the official naming ceremony was attended by over 350 global media representatives, agents and VIPs who witnessed Dame Helen Mirren christen the ship dockside by breaking the ceremonial bottle of champagne against the hull and bestowing the traditional blessing of safekeeping over all those that sail in her.

Dame Helen commented, “I was thrilled to be invited to take on the role of Scenic Eclipse godmother, even more so now that I have stepped aboard and seen the level of design detail and technology that have gone into her creation. She is an exceptional cruising experience, and I’m honoured to have christened her. I wish her crew and guests many years of sailing adventures and discovery.”

Designed to deliver the ultimate experience for 228 guests (or 200 in Polar regions), Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level.

Dame Helen Mirren, Scenic Eclipse's godmother, aboard one of the ship's two helicopters
Dame Helen Mirren, Scenic Eclipse's godmother, aboard one of the ship's two helicopters

Lead image: At the christening of Scenic Eclipse: Godmother, Dame Helen Mirren; Glen Moroney and Karen Moroney and Captain James Griffiths.

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