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Scenic Eclipse Review and Specifications

Specifications of Scenic Eclipse

Year built2019  /  Age : 1
Flag state Malta
BuilderUljanik Shipyard (Pula, Croatia)
Classice-strengthened expedition mega-yacht
Building costEUR 190 million (USD 230 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 Tonnage22498 gt
Passengers228
Crew172
Decks8
Cabins114
Decks with cabins5
Christened byHelen Mirren

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Review of Scenic Eclipse

With the mega-yacht Scenic Eclipse, the river cruisetour company Scenic (travel brand) entered the ocean cruising market. The cruise ship was initially scheduled for delivery in August 2018, but due to construction issues was first rescheduled for January, then for April 2019. In February 2018, the shipowner Scenic Tours Australia 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 like a billionaire's superyacht and features an ice-strengthened hull, helipad (two Airbus H130 helicopters), aft marina (for water sports), a 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 new market strategy follows the moves of Viking River Cruises (entering the ocean market in 2015 with Viking Star) and Crystal Cruises (entering the mega-yachting market in 2015 with Crystal Esprit).

Scenic Eclipse cruise ship

Scenic's new ships are advertised as "discovery yachts". The hull has the highest passenger ship ice-class (1A-Super) allowing the vessel to operate on polar cruises (Arctic and Antarctica itineraries) for 3 months a year. On polar voyages, the ship's passenger capacity is limited to 200 in order to allow several Zodiac landings per day.

Scenic Cruises yacht submarine

The ship's 2 helicopters Airbus H130 (single-engine aircraft, 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 an additional charge can be booked the ship's onboard submarine.

The ship has "zero speed stabilizer fins" (50% larger than the standard on similar-sized vessels) 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 the single supplement.
  • All Scenic Cruises special offers were on voyages through August 2020 and also combinable with past vouchers and offers.

Cabins

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

Shipboard facilities

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)
  • 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 Free choice 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).

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).

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Specialty dining venues highlight regional cuisine, intimate deck location 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, Whisky Bar, Azure Bar & Cafe. Fine wine, top-shelf beverages, cocktails, specialty teas and coffees are all included in Scenic Cruises' ticket prices.

Fun fact is that the ship has a selection of 110 whisky brands available for ordering at the Whisky Bar. The themed venue is complimentary and part of the main lounge. The all 110 whisky bottles are stored in a floor-ceiling display cabinet with a crystal wall. The selection includes premium single malts (30-yo Isle of Jura The Loch, 25-yo Glendullan, 16-yo Lagavulin), special reserve blends (Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Jameson Black Barrel, Crown Royal Deluxe), various brands from Australia, Asia (Japan, Taiwan, India), South Africa, USA, Europe (UK, France, Sweden). To repeat again - all these top-shelf whiskies are complimentary (cruise ticket price-inclusive).

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The Malta-flagged luxury superyacht 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 the strongest water currents and to remain stable.

Unlike other ships that use traditional anchors, the cruise ship is fitted with a 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, started vessel's construction with the steel-cutting ceremony held at Uljanik Shipyard JSC (Pula Croatia), Ship's integrated navigation and automation system was provided by the Norwegian 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 was held vessel's keel-laying / coin ceremony. The special event was attended by Glen Moroney (Scenic Tours' founder and chairman). He placed an Australian coin beneath ship's keel - a right of passage for every newbuild, to bring good fortune to its passengers and crew.

On January 31, 2018, was ship's launch (float-out ceremony) at Uljanik Shipyard. The delivery was scheduled for August 31, 2018, but due to shipyard's financial issues was re-scheduled for April 13, 2019. Sea trials were successfully completed on June 13, 2019.

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.

Ship's Captain is James Griffiths - British, former Captain of Wind Star (Windstar Cruises) and National Geographic Explorer (NatGeo-Lindblad Expeditions). He has also served on 10 other ships (as Captain on 4 of them) and also worked for Cunard Line for 11 years - as Chief Officer of RMS Queen Mary 2.

In late-July 2019, was announced that ship's godmother will be Helen Mirren (Dame Helen Lydia Mirren) - 1945-born English actress who won British Academy Film Award for Best Actress (1984, 1985, 2006, 2012), British Academy TV Award for Best Actress (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2003), Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress (1983, 2001, 2004, 2013) and Tony Award for Best Actress (1995, 2002, 2005), among others.

Vessel's official christening ceremony was held on September 10, 2019, in Port NYC (New York USA).

Antarctica 2020-2022 Itineraries

In December 2019, Scenic Cruises announced Scenic Eclipse ship's inaugural cruise to Antarctica by launching the program "Antarctica and The Americas 2020-2022" and introducing new escorted land tours (each with max capacity 20 tourists). Next are listed program's Antarctica itineraries, with prices per person (Verandah Suite double-occupancy cabin rates).

  • 8-day (March 5, 2020, themed "Taste of Argentina and Brazil") with fares from GBP 14,930 pp
  • 9-day (November 8, 2020, themed "Patagonian Adventure") with fares from GBP 16,565 pp
  • 7-day (October 4, 2020, themed "Costa Rica Nature and Wildlife") with fares from GBP 9,905 pp
  • 11-day (October 9, 2020, themed "Highlights of Peru") with fares from GBP 10,905 pp
  • 18-22-day (January 30, 2021, themed "Highlights of Peru with Galapagos and Amazon Cruising") with fares from GBP 23,245 pp
  • 16-day (February 15, 2022, Antarctica) with fares from GBP 10,780 pp
  • 11-day (February 18, 2022, themed "Highlights of Peru") with fares from GBP 14,640 pp

Early bookings received as complimentary upgrades and bonuses:

  • Free Fight (business-class) - select itineraries
  • Free Door-to-Door car transfers (all itineraries)
  • 10% Earlybird Discount
  • GBP 500 Early Payment Discount (bookings payed in full by December 31, 2019).

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, megayacht's planned delivery dates (August 2018, January 2019, April 2019) were re-scheduled (the last time - for August 15, 2019). All bookings received full refunds. Rebooked deals received 25% future booking discount (based on rebooked cruise cost).

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

Date / TimePort
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)

Date / TimePort
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)

Date / TimePort
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, Falklands
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)

Date / TimePort
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)

Date / TimePort
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)

Date / TimePort
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

Next table shows the inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) from Iceland to Canada, with prices from ~USD 8650 pp.

2 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Quebec City Reykjavik$8635

Date / TimePort
Date / TimePort
15 AugDeparting from Reykjavik, Iceland
16 AugSnaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
17 AugAt Sea
18 AugSkjoldungen Island, Greenland
19 AugNanortalik, Greenland
20 Aug - 21 AugAt Sea
22 AugL'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland Canada
23 AugBattle Harbour, Labrador Canada
24 AugSt Lawrence Seaway
25 AugHavre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec Canada
26 AugTadoussac, Quebec Canada
27 AugArriving in Quebec City, Canada

Godspeed to the new ship!

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
2020 May 03 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona $5715
2020 May 11 11 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $6885
2020 May 11 20 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus $12635
2020 May 21 10 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $5295
2020 May 30 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Amsterdam Barcelona $5795
2020 May 30 22 days, one-way from Barcelona to Stockholm Barcelona $10795
2020 Jun 09 11 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Stockholm Amsterdam $5395
2020 Jun 20 11 days, round-trip Baltic Explorer Stockholm $5395
2020 Jun 30 24 days, one-way from Stockholm to Oslo Stockholm $14845
2020 Jun 30 11 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm $6045
2020 Jul 10 14 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Oslo Copenhagen $9905
2020 Jul 23 14 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik Longyearbyen $10805
2020 Aug 05 11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Copenhagen Reykjavik $9195
2020 Aug 15 21 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Anchorage Copenhagen $21935

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