Scenic has announced that its flagship, Scenic Eclipse, 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, a region of diverse wildlife and habitat, well suited to discovery by Scenic’s fleet of “6-star luxury meets expedition” ships.
Itineraries will include remote and long-sought-after destinations including the untamed territory of Russia’s White Sea, a real treat for the explorers at heart; the Northwest Passage, which represents the w pinnacle of Polar exploration; the rarely visited Southern Greenland where guests can take in some of the most spectacular and un-spoilt scenery anywhere on earth; the stark beauty of 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, of course, 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,” says 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 luxurious Spa Sanctuary, separate fitness areas and indoor, outdoor and plunge pools, as well as a marina deck, helicopters and a submarine. A CGI video of Scenic Eclipse II can be viewed at Canada: www.scenic.ca/ocean-cruise/eclipse-ii USA: www.scenicusa.com/ocean-cruises/introducing-eclipse-ii.
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 January 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. A time-lapse video of the building of the Scenic Eclipse and its float out can be viewed here.
Pre-bookings for the Eclipse II are currently being taken with a $250 per person deposit. The ship’s brochure is expected out in early April 2018.
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and the world’s first Discovery Yachts – Scenic Eclipse in 2018 and Scenic Eclipse II in 2020. Award-winning Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe, and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 Space-Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.
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