Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours took delivery of Scenic Eclipse on July 26 from the Uljanik Shipyard (Pula, Croatia).
Scenic Eclipse will make its first scheduled cruise from Reykjavik, Iceland. The inaugural voyage is a 13-day discovery sailing via Greenland and Eastern Canada before arriving in Quebec on Aug. 27. The ship will then head to New York City for christening by Godmother Dame Helen Mirren.
Scenic has also released footage of the final tests and trials of the state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters. The video shows the helicopters landing on the deck of Scenic Eclipse and being stored in the specially designed onboard hangars – https://www.scenic.ca/ocean-cruises. As one of the quietest helicopters in the skies, the H130 sets the standard for tourism operations worldwide and will give guests the opportunity to explore beyond the horizon, with unparalleled access to some of nature’s most beautiful sites.
“These final stages are significant highlights in any ship build,” said Scenic founder and chairman, Glen Moroney, “and particularly for a vessel of the technological sophistication of Scenic Eclipse. I’m very proud to say Eclipse has been successfully certified for passenger ship operations, has been officially registered, and we are now in the final stages of preparations for our inaugural voyage.”
Scenic Eclipse facts: 114 all-verandah suites; 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; a 5,920 sq. ft. spa with a well-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio; two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine capable of depths of nearly 1,000 feet; a luxurious theatre for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio; innovative zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide greater stability; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6.