The keel is lowered into place (Image: Scenic)
Uljanik Shipyard laid the keel for Scenic Eclipse, the world’s first discovery yacht, at its facility in Pula, Croatia on 28 April 2017.
The traditional ceremony was attended by Glen Moroney, founder and chairman of Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. Representatives from Uljanik Shipyard included Marinko Brgic, member of the management board; Serdjo Pajkovic, sales and project department manager; Mario Planinac, deputy director; and Diego Bilic, project manager. Marko Moric, CEO Bureau Veritas in Croatia, also joined the celebrations.
To be delivered in August 2018, Scenic Eclipse has been designed with the highest passenger ship ice-class rating – Polar Class 6 – to allow it to operate in polar waters. The yacht will also be equipped with ABB equipment and zero-speed stabiliser fins that are 50% larger than the standard model. It will be classed by Bureau Veritas.
Scenic Eclipse will be able to accommodate 228 guests in 114 all-veranda suites and will also offer 10 onboard dining options; various bars and lounges; and a 240-seat theatre. The ship will also have a spa with treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and plunge pools; and a gym with a separate yoga and Pilates studio.
Scenic’s onboard Discovery Team will also make use of a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks, scuba diving and snorkelling equipment, two onboard helicopters, and a seven-seat submarine for shore excursions.
The vessel will embark on her maiden cruise on 31 August 2018, sailing from Istanbul in Turkey to Venice, Italy. This voyage will be followed by 18 different itineraries in The Americas, Antarctica, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords.