Scenic Eclipse has set sail with it first guests on its inaugural voyage, a 13-day discovery itinerary from Reykjavik to Quebec.
The world’s newest ship then heads off to New York for its Sept. 10 christening by Godmother Dame Helen Mirren.
“Today (Aug. 15) is the fruition of many years of planning and work from a large and dedicated team to create a vessel and an experience which has set a brand new benchmark in ultra-luxury discovery cruising,” said Glen Moroney, chairman and founder, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours.
“We are extremely proud of this ship and what it brings to the world of cruising. In terms of innovation, technology and design, it is second to none. The onboard helicopters and submarine and our handcrafted itineraries that take our guests to 38 countries in some of the world’s most stunning and remote locations – these are what truly set us apart.”
Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for 228 guests (only 200 in the Arctic and Antarctica), Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a new level – marrying luxury and discovery with the ultimate in safety and sustainability, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously unimaginable.
Scenic Eclipse has 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 345 sq. ft. to 2,659 sq. ft., 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet, and a 5,920 sq. ft. Senses Spa with gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio. Other features include two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine capable of depths of nearly 1,000 feet, a state-of-the-art theatre for entertainment and lectures, indoor and outdoor plunge pools, butler service for all guests and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.
The ship also has the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6.