Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Eclipse Review and Specifications

Specifications of Scenic Eclipse

Year built2019 new ship
BuilderUljanik Shipyard (Pula, Croatia)
Classice-strengthened expedition mega-yacht
Building costEUR 150 million (USD 175 million)
OwnerScenic Tours (Australia)
OperatorScenic Cruises
Speed17 kn / 31 kph / 20 mph
Length (LOA)166 m / 545 ft
Beam (width)22 m / 72 ft
Gross Tonnage16500 gt
Passengers228
Crew172
Decks8
Cabins114
Decks with cabins5
Christened bytba

Review of Scenic Eclipse

With the Scenic Eclipse yacht, the river cruisetour company Scenic Cruises entered the ocean cruising market. The yacht was scheduled for delivery in August 2018, which due to construction issues was re-scheduled for January 2019. In February 2018, the shipowner company signed a shipbuilding contract for a second (same-design) vessel - Scenic Eclipse II. The sistership was scheduled for delivery in 2020.

The all-suite, 228-passenger cruise ship looks more like a billionaire's yacht and features an ice-strengthened hull, helipad (two helicopters), aft marina (for water sports), fleet of Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable boats) and a 7-person submarine. Scenic Cruises has an option to order the building of a second yacht (sister-ship of Eclipse) which would launch in June 2019.

Scenic Eclipse cruise ship

Scenic's move follows that of Viking Cruises, which entered the ocean arena in 2015 with the launch of Viking Star. It also follows Crystal Cruises move into the yacht arena. In fact, the new Scenic ship bears some similarities to Crystal Esprit, the 62-passenger yacht that Crystal launched in the Seychelles in December 2015 and has a submarine as well as an aft marina.

Scenic Eclipse cruise ship

Scenic is describing the vessel as the "world's first discovery yacht;" it has the highest passenge ship ice-class (1A Super) allowing it to operate on Arctic and Antarctica cruise itineraries 3 months a year. The ship's passenger capacity is limited to 200 during polar cruise expeditions (Antarctic and Arctic itineraries), in order to operate several landings per day.

The ship's own helicopters (each with capacity 7 passengers) can be booked / hired at extra charge. Helicopter tours allow passengers to get closer to the wildlife in comparison to the Zodiac landings. Also at additional charge can be booked the ship's onboard submarine.

Scenic Cruises yacht submarine

The vessel has an almost 1:1 passenger-to-crew ratio, and each stateroom is served by a dedicated butler.

Other features and all-inclusive amenities include:

  • 9 restaurants (including Asian Fusion, steakhouse, seafood, contemporary French and Italian venues, poolside grill, 24/7 room service
  • four bars and lounges
  • 240-seat theater
  • 2 (indoor and outdoor) swimming pools
  • heated pool (indoor, with retractable glass roof)
  • 5900 ft2 (550 m2) spa / wellness complex with heated indoor pool, outdoor Jacuzzis, plunge pools, Hair Salon, Spa treatment / massage rooms
  • gym (with a separate Aerobics Studio for yoga and Pilates)
  • Staterooms sizes range between 345 ft2 / 32 m2 (Veranda Suite) to 2660 ft2 / 247 m2 (2-Bedroom Penthouse Suite). The Owners Penthouse Suite is sized 2507 ft2 (235 m2).
  • Each of the ship's 114 cabins has a private balcony and separate lounge area.
  • Scenic yacht cruise deals are inclusive of butler service (regardless cabin category), all tips / gratuities, Discovery leaders (professional tour guides on all cruise itineraries), shore excursions (all land tours and organized events at ports of call and beaches along the itinerary route, expert-led Scenic Freechoice activities, discovery excursions by Zodiacs / large-capacity inflatable boats), onboard dining (all dining venues are complimentary / fee-free), onboard entertainment, e-biking, water sports (sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving).

The ship has "zero speed stabilizer fins" (50% larger than typical on a similar-sized vessel) allowing it to navigate in rough seas with just little movement. Voyages to Antarctica include passing Drake Passage - a notoriously rough waterway between South America and Antarctica.

Itinerary

Scenic Eclipse's "Inaugural Cruise" (maiden voyage) was scheduled for August 31, 2018 (one-way Mediterranean itinerary from Istanbul to Venice. Followed Transatlantic repositioning to Canada (via Iceland) and the Canadian Arctic territories. The ship cruises back to Europe (UK / British Isles). Follows another Atlantic Ocean crossing to the Caribbean (also visiting Cuba), then down to South America (Chilean Fjords) and Antarctica. However, due to construction issues, the launch was delayed and the Inaugural Cruise was re-scheduled for September 22 (repositioning from Europe to Florida).

In September 2018, Scenic Cruises released 2019-2020 brochures with 3 versions available, (covering Antarctica; Arctic/Baltic; Europe, Mediterranean, Americas) all encompassing both cruises and land-cruise combinations.

  • A number of early booking incentives were also announced. Early-bird prices offered up to 10% savings on all voyages; paying in full by October 31 (2018) on any departure, saving USD 300-750 per person. Passengers booking cruise-land package received early-bird fares (regardless of booking time) and a free 20-min submarine or helicopter tour (or equivalent onboard credit).
  • On select itineraries, the company offered USD 500 per person onboard credit; complimentary deposit protection, free door-to-door airport transfers. Limited sailings offered 50% off single supplement.
  • All Scenic Cruises special offers were on cruises through August 2020 and also combinable with past vouchers and offers.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Scenic Eclipse cruise ship offers all 9 dining venues plus 24-hour room service. The ship also has an impressive number of bars and lounges - 8, which is an extraordinary variety considering the vessel's size. All these options are complimentary (cruise price inclusive).

Scenic Cruises yacht design

Specialty dining venues highlight regional cuisine, intimate deck locatons and dinner privacy at no additional cost. These venues range from the open-kitchen Teppanyaki grill dining (capacity 10 people) to the Chef’s Table (private VIP dining for 8 people). Professional cookery demonstrations are offered at the dedicated Epicure (cooking emporium).

The main dining room restaurant "Elements" offers Italian fare, seafood and steaks. The other restaurants are named Koko’s (Asian, with sake bar), Sushi at Koko’s (authentic Japanese), Lumiere (French, with Champagne Bar). The Yacht Club has its own a bar, buffet and poolside grill. Azure Bar & Cafe offers all-day relaxed grazing. 

Bars and lounges include Lobby Lounge, Champagne Bar, Azure Bar & Cafe. Fine wine, top-shelf beverages, cocktails, specialty teas and coffees are all included in Scenic Cruises' ticket prices.

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  • The luxury mega-yacht Scenic Eclipse was built with the latest technological advancements in order to ensure highest safety standards. It has custom-built stabilizers (50% bigger than other vessels) and an ice-strengthened hull. Vessel's state-of-the-art fins (propulsion units) are able to adjust themselves, enabling the ship to handle strongest water currents and to remain stable.
  • Unlike other ships that use traditional anchors, the Scenic Eclipse ship is fitted with dynamic positioning system. It uses GPS data to accurately maintain its position, which is an eco-friendly way to control the vessel. Other environmentally sustainable systems are the advanced / more efficient marine engines and water treatment system.
  • On November 22, 2016, the vessel's construction was officially started with the steel cutting ceremony held at Uljanik Shipyard JSC (Pula, Croatia), The ship's integrated navigation and automation / control system was provided by the company Kongsberg Maritime. This modern technology combines the following systems - Navigation, Dynamic Positioning, automation, Emergency Shutdown, Power Management, Safety Management, and Control. The system is integrated with online diagnostics and remote service facility.
  • On April 28, 2017, at Uljanik Shipyard (Pula Croatia) was held the vessel's keel-laying / coin ceremony. The special event marked the official start of the ship's construction and was attended by Glen Moroney (Scenic Tours' founder and chairman). He placed an Australian coin beneath the ship's keel – a right of passage for every newbuild, to bring good fortune to its passengers and crew.
  • On January 31, 2018, was the ship's launch (float-out ceremony) at Uljanik Shipyard.
  • The ship was scheduled for delivery on August 31, 2018.

Both Scenic Cruises yachts are built in Croatia - Eclipse 1 in Pula (Uljanik shipyard), Eclipse 2 in Rijeka (3 Maj Shipyard), The following YouTube video is a timelapse of the Scenic yachts construction process.

Inaugural itineraries 2018-2019

The following tables show ship's inaugural cruise itineraries by destination, with indicative prices per person (lowest category cabin rates in USD). Unfortunately, yacht's planned delivery (August 2018) due to construction issues was re-scheduled for January 2019. All bookings received full refunds. Rebooked deals on Scenic Eclipse received 25% future booking discount (of the rebooked cruise cost).

(2018) 13-day Inaugural Transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Miami (prices from USD 7340 pp)

22 SepDeparting from Barcelona, Spain
23 SepAt Sea
24 SepGibraltar, UK
25 Sep - 03 OctAt Sea
04 OctNassau, Bahamas
05 OctArriving in Miami, Florida

(2018) 13-day Inaugural Caribbean cruise to Cuba roundtrip from Miami (prices from USD 11800 pp)

18 OctDeparting from Miami, Florida
20 Oct - 21 OctHavana, Cuba (Overnight)
22 OctMaria la Gorda, Cuba
23 OctIsla de la Juventud, Cuba
24 OctCayo Largo del Sur, Cuba
25 OctCienfuegos, Cuba
26 OctCasilda, Cuba
27 OctAt Sea
28 OctSantiago de Cuba
28 Oct 23:00 - 23:00Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, Cuba
29-30 OctAt Sea
31 OctArriving in Miami, Florida

(2018) 13-day Inaugural South American cruise from Valparaiso to Ushuaia (prices from USD 9800 pp)

22 NovDeparting from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile
24 Nov - 25 NovValdivia, Chile (Overnight)
26-27-28 NovChilean Fjords, Patagonia
29 NovPuerto Natales, Chile
30 Nov - 01-02 DecAt Sea
03 DecPort Stanley, East Falkland Island
04 DecWest Point Island, Falkland Islands
05 DecAt Sea
06 DecArriving in Ushuaia, Argentina

(2018) 20-day Inaugural Antarctica, cruise to South Georgia and Falkland Islands (prices from USD 24800 pp)

16 DecDeparting from Ushuaia, Argentina
18 DecAt Sea
19 Dec - 20 DecFalkland Islands (Overnight)
20 DecFalkland Islands
21 Dec - 23 DecAt Sea
24-25-26-27 DecSouth Georgia Island, British Antarctica
28 Dec - 30 DecAt Sea
31 Dec - 01-02-03 JanAntarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
04 Jan - 05 JanAt Sea
06 JanArriving in Ushuaia, Argentina

(2019) 14-day,Inaugural Mediterranean cruise from Istanbul to Venice (prices from USD 9850 pp)

26 AprDeparting from Istanbul, Turkey
28 AprGallipoli Peninsula
29 AprBozcaada Island, Turkey
30 AprKusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey
01 MayRhodes Island, Greece
02 MayHeraklion, Crete, Greece
03 MaySantorini Island, Greece
04 MayPiraeus, Athens, Greece
05 MayPreveza, Greece
06 MayKotor, Montenegro
07 May - 08 MayDubrovnik, Croatia (Overnight)
09 May - 10 MaySplit, Croatia (Overnight)
11 MayArriving in Venice, Italy

(2019) 10-day Inaugural British Isles cruise from Dublin to Bergen (prices from USD 6600 pp)

28 JunDeparting from Dublin, Ireland
30 JunIsle of Man, Douglas, UK
01 JulBelfast, Northern Ireland
02 JulIsle of Iona, Scotland
03 JulIsle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland
04 JulIsle of Canna, Scotland
05 JulStornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland
06 JulStromness, Orkney Island, Scotland
07-08 JulLerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland
09 JulArriving in Bergen, Norway

Godspeed to the new ship!

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Scenic Eclipse Itineraries

The below listed Scenic Eclipse cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Scenic Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Sep 22 13 days, one-way from Barcelona to Miami Barcelona$7342
2018 Oct 05 13 days, round-trip Cuba in Depth Miami$13312
2018 Oct 31 16 days, one-way from Miami to Guayaquil Miami$18668
2018 Oct 31 9 days, one-way from Miami to Cartagena Miami$9412
2018 Nov 09 7 days, one-way from Cartagena to Guayaquil Cartagena$8588
2018 Nov 16 7 days, one-way from Guayaquil to Valparaiso Guayaquil$5242
2018 Nov 23 24 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Ushuaia Valparaiso$44632
2018 Nov 23 13 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Ushuaia Valparaiso$13568
2018 Dec 06 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Antarctica Ushuaia$26602
2018 Dec 17 20 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands Ushuaia$32152
2019 Jan 17 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Antarctica Ushuaia$13268
2019 Jan 28 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Antarctica Ushuaia$26122
2019 Feb 08 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Antarctica Ushuaia$19958
2019 Feb 19 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Antarctica Ushuaia$19612
2019 Mar 01 21 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia$23092
2019 Mar 01 21 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia$32392
2019 Mar 22 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Buenos Aires$9382
2019 Mar 22 4 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro Buenos Aires$5212
2019 Apr 04 8 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Barcelona Santa Cruz de Tenerife$7882
2019 Apr 13 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$24052
2019 Apr 27 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus$9112
2019 May 12 13 days, one-way from Barcelona to Dublin Barcelona$11032
2019 May 12 6 days, one-way from Barcelona to Porto Barcelona$5708
2019 May 18 7 days, one-way from Porto to Dublin Porto$5902
2019 May 25 10 days, one-way from Dublin to Bergen Dublin$10012
2019 Jun 04 12 days, one-way from Bergen to Longyearbyen Bergen$14722
2019 Jun 16 10 days, round-trip Ultimate Arctic Longyearbyen$15142
2019 Jun 26 10 days, round-trip Ultimate Arctic Longyearbyen$14542
2019 Jul 06 22 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Bergen Longyearbyen$28748
2019 Jul 06 10 days, round-trip Ultimate Arctic Longyearbyen$14242
2019 Jul 28 18 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen$20662
2019 Jul 28 9 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen$9578
2019 Aug 06 21 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Quebec City Reykjavik$23708
2019 Aug 06 9 days, round-trip Iceland Discovery Reykjavik$11362
2019 Aug 15 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Quebec City Reykjavik$12952
2019 Aug 31 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus$23152