Scenic Eclipse 2 Review and Specifications
Specifications of Scenic Eclipse 2
|Year built||2020 new ship|
|Builder||3 Maj Shipyard (Rijeka, Croatia)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition mega-yacht|
|Building cost||EUR 190 million (USD 230 million)|
|Owner||Scenic Tours (Australia)|
|Speed||17 kn / 31 kph / 20 mph|
|Length (LOA)||166 m / 545 ft|
|Beam (width)||22 m / 72 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||16500 gt|
|Decks with cabins||5|
Review of Scenic Eclipse 2
With the top-luxury expedition cruise ships Scenic Eclipse and Scenic Eclipse 2, the 1987-founded river cruisetour company Scenic entered the ocean-cruising market. The first ultra-luxury megayacht (Scenic Eclipse) was launched in August 2018 and inaugurated in September 2018. Company's second same-designed vessel/sistership Scenic Eclipse II is scheduled for launch and inauguration 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 stored in hangars), aft marina (for water sports), a fleet of Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable speed boats) and a 7-person submarine.
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'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.
The ship's own helicopters (each with capacity 7 passengers) can be booked for private tours (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.
Scenic Eclipse 2 itinerary program (as exact homeports, ports of call and regions) will be officially released in April 2018.
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.
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 Lounge
- 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).
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.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Scenic Eclipse 2 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).
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, 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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Scenic Eclipse II was built with the latest technological advancements in order to ensure the highest safety standards. It has custom-built stabilizers (50% bigger than on other vessels with similar GT tonnage) and an ice-strengthened hull.
Yacht's state-of-the-art fins 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, Scenic's mega-yachts are fitted with a dynamic positioning system. It uses GPS data to accurately maintain the ship's position - an eco-friendly way to control the vessel. The other environmentally sustainable systems implemented are efficient marine engines and advanced water treatment system.
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.
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.
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