River cruise operator Scenic
will make its foray into ocean cruising with the launch of Scenic Eclipse,
a 228-passenger yacht, in 2018.
The company calls Scenic Eclipse a "six-star,
ultra-luxury mega discovery yacht." It will be an all-suite, all-balcony
vessel with suites ranging from the 344-square-foot verandah suite to the
2,500-square-foot, two-bedroom owner’s penthouse suite.
There will be six onboard dining options, including
contemporary fine-dining French, Pan-Asian and Italian cuisine, and casual al
fresco dining on the pool deck or in the Ocean Cafe Lounge. There will be
Jacuzzis on the sun deck and several bars and lounges.
The Scenic Eclipse will have indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and plunge pools.
The ship will also feature a nearly 5,000-square-foot
spa offering a menu of treatments, as well as indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and
plunge pools. A gym will house a studio for yoga and Pilates.
The Scenic Eclipse will embark
on its maiden voyage on Aug. 31, 2018, when it will sail from Istanbul to
Venice, followed by itineraries that will include the Americas, Antarctica,
Europe and the Mediterranean, and the Arctic.
The ship will have a Polar Class 6 rating (Ice Class 1A Super). For Arctic and Antarctica cruises, guest numbers
will be limited to 200, which will enable more landings per day for each guest. The
vessel will also utilize zero-speed stabilizer fins to provide greater
The Scenic Eclipse will have two helicopters for
excursions as well as a seven-seat submarine. A fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks
will be onboard along with scuba diving and snorkeling equipment.
An onboard Discovery Team will be led by experts in
various fields and will cover a range of subjects and interests during lectures
There will be no extra charge for any dining venues on the Eclipse.
Included in the cruise fare: all meals (there will be
no surcharge at any onboard dining venue), top-shelf beverages all day, butler
service, and onboard entertainment and lectures in the 240-seat theater. As
with all Scenic cruises, all gratuities are included in the price as is Wi-Fi,
shore excursions, Scenic Freechoice activities and special events.
Scenic recently established an ocean cruising division,
an initiative that was three years in the making. The Scenic Eclipse is being
designed in collaboration with naval architects including Foreship in Finland
and is being built by the Uljanik Group in Croatia. There is an option for a
second ship to be delivered in June 2019.
The Scenic Eclipse joins Scenic’s fleet of 21 river
cruise ships throughout Europe, Russia and Southeast Asia. Scenic, an
Australia-based company, also offers escorted tours in Europe, Australia, New
Zealand and the Americas.
The Eclipse brochure, detailing 18 itineraries, will
be available in February, Scenic said.