Scenic Eclipse II goes straight into commercial service

Scenic's second Discovery Yacht departs on inaugural voyage, days after delivery

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ second Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse II, has commenced its maiden voyage in its inaugural Mediterranean season, sailing from Lisbon, Portugal yesterday.

Scenic Group Chairman and Founder, Glen Moroney and his wife/partner, Karen Moroney are aboard the six-ship for the 11 -day Incredible Iberian Discovery cruise to Barcelona, Spain.

Along with top-tier loyalty guests, they will be joined by specially invited VIPs, who have all been part of the vision and delivery of this much-anticipated new arrival.

Koko's restaurant, Sunken Table aboard Scenic Eclipse II

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The addition of the 114-suite Scenic Eclipse II to the ultra-luxury yacht fleet is a milestone moment for Scenic, effectively doubling its capacity in the exclusive exploration cruise market. The 167m vessel is nearly identical in design to sister-ship Scenic Eclipse.

For the first two months of operations, Scenic Eclipse II will spend its time exploring the picturesque coastal waters and coves of the Mediterranean, before embarking on a schedule of Arctic and Antarctica expeditions.

In April 2024, Scenic Eclipse II will then reposition to be based in the Southern Hemisphere, exploring the
Kimberley, Asia, South Pacific and the final frontier – East Antarctica and the Ross Sea.

Senses Spa aboard Scenic Eclipse II

“The arrival of Scenic Eclipse II really is a dream come true,” said Founder, Glen Moroney. “Seeing it here today is testament to the incredible hard work of the team at Scenic Group and MKM Yachts.”

“Guests tell us every day that they simply cannot believe the experiences they get to enjoy when journeying with us – Scenic Eclipse II will elevate that once again. We have pushed the boundaries to what is possible on an ultra-luxury vessel, both in terms of comfort and technology,” he said.

Under the stewardship of Captain Erwan le Rouzic, guests on the inaugural sailing will enjoy enhanced ultra- luxury spaces, new culinary experiences, and exclusive cultural moments. Tom Goetter, Director of Food and Beverage for Scenic Group Oceans, will be on hand to oversee the ship’s ten inspiring culinary options, including the new Chef’s Garden @ Epicure. This immersive culinary masterclass experience and new presentation area will see the Executive Chef and his team personally share the secrets of local dishes and cooking techniques.

Among the design enhancement to the 167m long Scenic Eclipse II are the new Sky Deck, which now features 270-degree views and a brand-new Sky Bar with indoor and outdoor seating including six private cabanas
allowing guests to enjoy the views with a beverage in hand.

Another new feature is the large, oval-shaped pool, complete with comfortable furniture by Italian design house Paola Lenti. A perfect venue for sail-away deck parties, the pool now incorporates special water jets allowing guests to swim ‘laps’.

Vitality Pool and Sky Deck - render

Guests on the Iberian Discovery inaugural sailing will be able to truly immerse themselves in the ship’s eclectic art collection. In a rare exclusive, British-born artist Carl Hush will be on board for a live installation of his new feature artwork inside Koko’s Asian Fusion restaurant, as revealed exclusively by LATTE this month.

The acclaimed creator, whose work encompasses street art, collage, and painting, draws heavily on Japanese culture to explore representations and constructions of women. Hush previously created a bespoke piece in a similar vein for Scenic Eclipse, and is a rare opportunity for guests to see an artist at work.

Additional art on board includes an exclusive mural commission by Croatian designer Slaven Kosanovi Lunar in the Night Market @ Koko’s, and the resin mixed media work of Mitch Gobel who resides in Australia’s Byron Bay, in the Scenic Bar & Lounge and each guest suite.

Element, Scenic Eclipse II

Scenic Eclipse II sailings

Scenic Eclipse II’s upcoming voyages have already attracted strong interest globally, with an exciting range of itineraries through 2023 and 2024 now available. From the Arctic in the summer – exploring Norway, Greenland, Iceland and Canada – the Discovery Yacht tours the British Isles before heading across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal to South America, and eventually down to Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica.

In March 2024, the ship will journey across the Pacific towards French Polynesia, Tahiti and Fiji, before a series of cruises exploring the Kimberley coastline, from May to August 2024. New Zealand, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands are among more Oceania itinerary options up until October 2024.

Lead image: Scenic Eclipse II docked in Lisbon, Portugal

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