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Scenic prepares for a double Eclipse

Scenic prepares for a double Eclipse

With only a few months until the launch of Scenic’s “6-star” Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse, the company has announced its flagship will be joined by a sister, Scenic Eclipse II.

Launching in 2020, Scenic Eclipse II will embark on her maiden voyage from Athens to Lisbon, before the debut sailing season, which will include the European and Russian Arctic.

Itineraries will include remote destinations including the untamed territory of Russia’s White Sea; the Northwest Passage; the rarely visited Southern Greenland; the Alaska/Russia’s Bering Sea, with ports in both Russia and Alaska; the wilderness of the Alaskan frontier; both coasts of Canada, the USA, Central and South America; a circumnavigation of Cuba; and several sailings that take in the bucket-list trip of Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia.

“Since we first announced our foray into ocean cruising, we have had unprecedented interest in Scenic Eclipse from guests keen to experience our unique blend of 6-star luxury meets expedition cruising,” said Scenic Founder and Chairman, Glen Moroney. “The debut of Scenic Eclipse II will not only allow us to expand our offering and pioneer new destinations, such as the Russian Arctic, it will also allow us to continue our passion for innovation in design and innovation in handcrafted itineraries, which we are confident will appeal to a wide variety of guests. Itineraries for the ship’s debut season will be released in April 2018.”

Building will commence next year in Pula, Croatia, where Scenic Eclipse is currently under construction. Scenic Eclipse II will be of similar design, including 114 all-verandah suites, nine restaurants, eight lounges and bars, a Spa Sanctuary, separate fitness areas and indoor, outdoor and plunge pools, as well as a marina deck, helicopters and a submarine.

The Scenic Eclipse fleet will be built to comply with the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) Polar Code requirements, as well as to the highest international safety standards. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and a host of safety features, including innovative zero-speed stabilizer fins that are more than 50% larger for even greater stability, the ship will have a rating of Ice Class 1A (Polar Class 6), the highest of any luxury vessel - ensuring the safest navigation through polar waters. The ship will also feature special “Safe Return to Port” capabilities, guaranteeing essential systems remain operational in the unlikely case of an incident.

On Jan. 31, 2018, Scenic Eclipse celebrated its float out from the ship yard and with the exterior construction almost complete, the ship is ready to begin the fit-out process. Scenic Eclipse is on target for its debut on August 31, 2018.

Pre-bookings for the Eclipse II are currently being taken with a $250 per person deposit.