Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours said the delivery of its first expedition ship will be delayed because of shipyard issues.

The 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse was to be delivered in August.

"Despite the best efforts of our Scenic Eclipse build supervision team to make up construction time, we are not prepared to compromise the quality of the vessel and potentially impact guest experiences to meet the original late-August launch date," Scenic chairman Glenn Moroney said.

The new launch date is late January 2019.

"Scenic will provide guests with a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with travel plans," Moroney said.

The futuristic-looking Eclipse, equipped with a helipad and storage for a mini-submarine, is being built at a shipyard in Croatia.

Scenic said it will work with travel agents and their clients to reschedule within the next two years, providing a future cruise credit of 25% of the cost of the rebooked cruise. Agent commissions will be protected on all affected bookings, Scenic said.

Other cruise lines building new expedition ships have also had delays, including Hurtigruten and Crystal Cruises.

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