Scenic Eclipse will be able to sail in both polar regions and warmer waters (Image: Scenic Cruises)
V.Ships Leisure, part of V.Group, is to provide technical and hotel operation management services for Scenic Cruises’ Scenic Eclipse, which is being billed as the world’s first discovery yacht.
The Monaco-based company will provide 106 hotel crew and 50 deck and engine crew who will work onboard the vessel, while V.Group’s Oceanic Catering business will provide itinerary planning and port and hotel operation services.
“We are delighted to be able to bring our unique experience with start-ups, expedition vessels and the ultra-luxury market to support Scenic in its newest venture,” said Per Bjornsen, V.Ships Leisure director. “Combining the experience within V.Ships Leisure with the wider V.Group, we are able to provide Scenic with a complete solution for this exciting new venture.”
Currently under construction at Croatia’s Uljanik Shipyard, Scenic Eclipse will be delivered in August 2018 and is the first ocean vessel for Scenic. The expedition ship 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 zero-speed stabiliser fins that are 50% larger than the standard model.
Scenic Eclipse will accommodate 228 guests in 114 all-veranda suites and will also offer six onboard dining options; various bars and lounges; a 240-seat theatre. The ship will also have a 5,000 square foot spa with treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and plunge pools; and a gym with a separate yoga and Pilates studio. In addition, guests will be able to use a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks, scuba diving and snorkelling equipment, two onboard helicopters, and a seven-seat submarine.
“We are looking forward to working closely with V.Ships to deliver an unrivalled discovery experience for our guests,” said Glen Moroney, Scenic chairman. “The company’s experience in expedition ship operations will assist us to ensure a smooth entry into service and the global support our ship’s crew require.”