Earlier this year, Scenic Chairman and Founder Glen Moroney, oversaw the float out of the world’s first Discovery Ship, Scenic Eclipse, at Uljanik Shipyard in Pula, Croatia. With much of its exterior construction complete, the ship will now begin the fit-out process. The float out came just days before the announcement that Scenic will soon begin work building a second duplicate Scenic Eclipse to launch in 2020.
The 228-guest ‘six-star’ luxury yacht is slated to begin its cruise season on August 31, 2018 with a 15-day Mediterranean Discovery itinerary, departing Athens and ending in Venice. A christening event is being planned shortly thereafter.
Scenic Eclipse has been designed by a collaboration of internal and external naval architects including Foreship in Finland and Oliver Design from Spain, and the ship is being built by Uljanik Group in Croatia. The opulent interiors have been designed by Karen Moroney.
Melding world-class innovation with incredible luxury, the Scenic Eclipse has ratcheted up the cruise industry standard for doing expedition cruises: 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 345 ft² to 2,659 ft²; 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; a 5,920 ft² spa with a well-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio; two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine – to allow for explorations far beyond any done on expedition ships to date; a 240-seat theater for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.
And then there is the technology… innovative zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide even greater stability; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A Super): redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; state-of-the-art bridge systems; and GPS dynamic positioning system that allows for stationary positioning without the use of an anchor.