Wednesday 1 March 2023

Scenic Eclipse II Sea Trials successful

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Scenic’s new ultra-luxury Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse II has successfully completed its sea trials and has now returned to the 3. Maj shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia, for its final fit out in advance of its inaugural sailing on 13 April 2023. The much-anticipated 114-suite yacht was put through its paces over two weekend sessions during February in the northern Adriatic between Croatia and Italy.

The sea trials are a significant milestone in the launch of Scenic Eclipse II to demonstrate the ship’s performance with a series of checks on speed, stability, and manoeuvrability. They are overseen by engineers and nautical experts from the ship certification provider, Bureau Veritas. Scenic Eclipse II will join Scenic’s ultra-luxury fleet alongside its near-identical sister ship Scenic Eclipse in less than two months’ time, with its inaugural sailing – an 11-day ‘Incredible Iberian Discovery’ cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona, departing on 13 April.

“Scenic Eclipse II has been built to the highest standards and it is fantastic to see the Discovery Yacht sail through the sea trials and surpass all expectations, the countdown to launch really is now on” said Vice President of Marine Operations, James Griffiths.

“Nearly identical to her sister ship (with a few exclusive enhancements), Scenic Eclipse II is the benchmark in ultra-luxury cruising taken to a new level. She will spend the summer season exploring the Mediterranean, Iceland and Scotland, before moving on to warmer Caribbean waters and Antarctica. In 2024, Scenic Eclipse II will also visit Polynesia, Indonesia and Australia, where Scenic was founded 37 years ago.”

With the Discovery Yacht’s operating in protected marine environments such as the Antarctic, they feature an array of state-of-the-art technical features. These include high-tech GPS Dynamic Positioning that holds the ships in position, negating the need to drop anchor on ecologically sensitive seabeds. Custom-built stabilisers to provide greater stability, an Advance Azipod propulsion system which minimises noise and vibration to reduce disturbance, improving manoeuvrability and reducing fuel consumption and the latest wastewater treatment systems to protect marine life.

Scenic Eclipse II will officially join the fleet during a Christening Ceremony held in Malaga on 3 June 2023 with acclaimed NASA Scientist Dr Kathy Sullivan, the ship’s Godmother. With the introduction of Scenic Eclipse II, the ultra-luxury cruise operator will sail to over 50 countries across all seven continents in 2023 and beyond.

All Scenic Eclipse voyages are truly all-inclusive, meaning guests can leave their wallet in a safe place and relax, knowing everything is taken care of. Internal flights, transfers, fine dining experiences, premium branded beverages and once in-a-lifetime immersive excursions are all included in the voyage fare.

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