Scenic Ocean Cruises - Scenic Eclipse Ultra-Luxury all-inclusive Expedition Yacht

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Please Note: All photographs and illustrations shown in this feature were provided by “Scenic° Ocean Cruises” and “Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours.” I am most grateful to Scenic!

The above is one her designers final illustrations for the Scenic Eclipse

She has been designed with the most astounding innovations ever seen, some of which are described on this page!


The highly acclaimed Australian Scenic° Luxury Cruises and Tours, they have introduced their Ultra-Luxury Mega Expedition Yacht the “MV Scenic Eclipse” and in 2019 she has been revealed to the world the future of Ultra-Luxury Expedition Cruising, for she is unlike any other vessel in the world, and will be for many more years to come!

The Scenic Eclipse has been designed by a collaboration of Scenic internal and well-known international naval architects including “Foreship” in Finland and she is being built by the “Uljanik Shipyard JSC” in the port city of Pula, county of Istria in Croatia that has been building ships since 1856. The second ship, the Scenic Eclipse II will be delivered in 2020.

Scenic River Ships:

“Scenic° Ocean Cruises” new Ultra modern and sleek Expedition Yacht, the Scenic Eclipse has joined the Scenic Group’s all-inclusive luxury fleet of 21 River Cruise ships that sail throughout the rivers of Europe, Russia, Egypt and Asia!


Above & below: Here we see one of the Scenic River ships, the Scenic Crystal a 5― Star luxury all-Suite and all-inclusive ships

These amazing vessels have every possible luxury, with spacious lounges, bars, restaurants and cafes, below we see one of her luxury suites





The Scenic Eclipse seen off Santorini

A Brand New Style of Expedition Yacht!

A Voyage on the Scenic Eclipse will be unlike any other Expedition Voyage that is available on any other ship, for each guest will be surrounded by the ultimate of sheer luxury on this unbelievable Super Yacht! This is Scenic’s first foray into the world of Ocean and Expedition Cruising. However having operated their luxury river cruise company for countless years, thus with their considerable experience and the feedback from their longstanding and repeat guests, they are well aware that they have created something extremely new and spectacular. There is no doubt that the demand has been there for several Ultra-Luxury Super Yachts as spectacular as the Scenic Eclipse and her identical sister due in 2020, Scenic Eclipse II. And these two yachts will be the most prized vessels in the world today, for their designers have done something that has never been attempted before!

Bedroom of an Owners Penthouse Suite, there is also a separate spacious Lounge and Dining room

the Verandah is huge and it has a Spa and so much more

The 16,500 GRT (Gross Registered Tons) Scenic Eclipse is an all-Suite super deluxe expedition yacht vessel that provides her guests a great deal of space even for the most discerning traveller. The Scenic Eclipse has just 114 Suites for her 228 Guests and all receive service from an exceptional butler service; in fact she has a 1.1 guest-to-staff ratio, which is far better than most 5 Star luxury cruise lines.

With the motto “Where Luxury meets Discovery” all Suites will have large floor to ceiling windows looking out to the Verandah and the ocean, as every Suite has a private Veranda. Each and every Suite is spacious, from the 345 sqft Verandah Suite to the massive two bedroom Penthouse, measuring a 2,505 sqft, which would be quite fitting for any luxury suite in any of the greatest hotels in the world. This is unheard of in expedition cruising and all Guest have full butler service available 24 hours a day! Combined with the finest cuisine from around the globe created by renowned chefs is combined to an out of the world class beverage menu, and that includes top shelf champagne, liqueurs and wines, thus there will be something for every traveller who joins this all-inclusive ultra luxury Expedition Yacht.

There is Butler service available to every guest on-board!

Lounges, Bars and Fine Dining:

The Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level of luxury and elegance. Your time on board the Eclipse will be one of the finest world-class indulgences combined with grandiose discovery. The most decadent of French Champagne, Glenfiddich on the rocks or a perfectly shaken dry martini or whether you’re filling your a day with wondrous experiences or just relaxing out on deck, Scenic will ensure that the finest top-shelf beverages are available to help you celebrate the moment for your enjoyment. The ships Sommelier will hand-select an extensive wine list featuring regional specialties, aperitifs and liqueurs and have it await you at meal times or in your suite, for whenever you wish you may dine in, entertain guests, or just relax on your balcony, and again it is all included. The table will be beautifully set, and each course will be served just as it is in the Restaurant, etc.

With this top of the line ultra-luxury ship, “Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours” commissioned the services of the renowned Master of Wines Mr. Keith Isaac to create a wine list representing the very best and the finest wines from around the world for the 228 guests on the Scenic Eclipse, the world’s first and most spectacular discovery yacht. There are a fine selection of 80 different wines, and just like almost everything else having to do with a Scenic cruise, they are included in the fare of course. Mr. Isaac worked with the Scenic team to create a wine list that is representative of the very highest quality, that appeals to the global traveler and that complements the Scenic Eclipse highest standards and experience.

“With ‘discovery’ being part of the mission statement of Scenic Eclipse, we continued with that theme for the wine list,” said Mr. Issac. “We hope the guests on board will love their journey of discovery of some of the less familiar, ‘off the wall’ European whites like the Eidos de Padriņán Albariņo and the Terra do Lobo Godello from Spain, or the Crazy Creatures Grüner Veltliner from Austria.”

This is the world class and highly awarded Wine master Mr. Keith Isaac

A waiter or butler is always at hand regardless where you are on-board

Relax in one of the many spacious Lounges or Bars, and allow the expert bartenders serve your favourite drink. Then there is the on-board entertainment and lectures in the magnificent 240 seat theatre located forward on Deck 4.

The Main Lounge and Bar located on the aft wall


A, illustration of the glamorous, yet a relaxing Lounge


The 240 seat In-the-Round Theatre on Deck 4

Scenic’s signature brand of all-inclusive luxury means that their Guests will enjoy a superior level of inclusions, such as all meals for there are no surcharges for any of the six on board dining venues, complimentary top-shelf beverages available all day and every day, butler service and the ships has an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio. The ships opulent interiors have been designed by Karen Moroney who derived inspiration from a number of the world’s leading luxury hotels. Each suite has been handcrafted to feature the finest in design and fittings, and the yachts public spaces offer an elegant environment to relax and to dine in.

The Pan Asian Restaurant serving Fine Asian dining & Teppanyaki Grill as

seen here providing an acquisitive Japanese dinning experience


Your Chef prepares the finest or meals


This is an intimate Venue open for Dinner offering Contemporary fine French Cuisine


Here we see the moody, but intimate Italian and Steak Restaurants

These operate separately at lunch and at dinner; there is also a large Bar


The “Al-Fresco Restaurant” and the indoor-outdoor Pool just aft, with a retractable roof above

Spa and Fitness Centres:

Keeping fit, stretching your legs, finding your centre this amazing ship will have it covered across a range of wellness areas.

One of the most indulgent features on the incredible Scenic Eclipse will be the exclusive Spa on-board. You will soon find that it features a tranquil and a relaxing atmosphere, where the very finest products and services are available for an afternoon of pampering, or after a morning’s adventure it will feel like absolute heaven. There’s also a range of relaxation areas on-board including an indoor-outdoor heated pool that features a retractable roof, with plunge pools and Jacuzzis on an aft deck, also a Gym, Yoga and Pilates Studio are available for you to enjoy during your time on the ship. The level of luxury on board Scenic Eclipse is, quite simply astounding.

The elegant Spa Entrance Hall


The Spa Relaxation Room and waiting area


Plunge pools and Jacuzzi aft of the Spa

You will not even have to swipe you credit card before boarding, for everything is included, except purchases in the boutique of course! As with all Scenic cruises, all tips and gratuities are included as is complimentary Wi-Fi, expert local guides for included shore excursions, a choice of included Scenic Free choice activities to personalise the guest experience plus Scenic Enrich special events.

Besides the ample decks for viewing forward and aft of the Yacht, there is always your individual private verandah, thus the countless luxurious wonders on-board the Scenic Eclipse will never cease.

All Suite Accommodations:

The Scenic Eclipse has a fine range of suites available, and after each Guest has been personally greeted upon arrival on-board they are personally guided to their accommodation and given a tour of their suite and facilities. Each suite regardless which style you book is opulent as every single suite features spacious living and bedroom areas, along with a private verandah. The Owners Penthouse and Grand Panorama suites offer even more space including larger terraces and large verandah spa-baths. All suites have private facilities with the finest features, including a separate toilet in every suite, perfect when entertaining guests! The just released Preview Brochure has full details and you can view it via a link at the bottom of this page!

Verandah Suites: Is a spacious 32mē (square meters) and is beautifully designed and they all feature their own verandah, a separate bedroom and a living area with floor to ceiling windows. Your luxury haven will be stocked with the finest toiletries, linen and all the amenities like you would expect from a 5-star hotel, including the plushest of beds, a pillow menu and a mini-bar, which is restocked daily. Luxurious furnishings, HDTV and climate control are all included. And then there’s your private verandah. Watch the world cruise by, observe marine life, marvel at fascinating landscapes, enjoy meals, read a good book, your verandah will become a favourite place during your cruise.

The Superb Verandah Suite

Deluxe Verandah Suites: At 38mē the Deluxe Verandah Suite offers up even more room to move. Featuring larger bedroom and living areas, as well as a more spacious verandah, thus there's even more to enjoy.


Two views of the slightly more spacious Deluxe Verandah Suite


Spa Suites: Scenic Eclipse’s beautiful Spa Suites are located on Decks 8 and 9. Enjoy 48mē of space and featuring stylish bedroom and living areas complete with luxury amenities. There is plenty of room to stretch out and relax. The highlight of these suites is the indulgent spa baths, which offer the perfect way to unwind after a shore excursion or two.

The larger Spa Suite: In the bathroom there is a full size spa bath pith a special non fog window that looks

out into the Suite and the verandah. However, there are dark sliding louver-screens that can be closed

Grand Panorama Suites: At a generous 56mē opulence and style are taken to a whole new level in our Grand Panorama Suites. Located at the front of the yacht, the suites on Deck 6 feature a curved verandah and on Deck 8 they feature both a verandah and a 43mē terrace. Resident guests will be the first to spot incredible landmarks or wildlife - a bird's-eye view from above.

A view from the huge verandah of the spectacular spacious Grand Panorama Suite

Owner’s Penthouse Suite: Located in prime position on level nine at the bow of the yacht, these 125mē suites feature all the luxury appointments available in both of these suites and master suites, as well as the addition of sweeping 60mē terraces and have large Spa baths on the verandah.

Two-bedroom Penthouse Suite: Combine our Owner's Penthouse Suite with a Spa Suite to create a magnificent two-bedroom Penthouse Suite spanning an incredible 233mē that is simply out of this world living!

Scenic Sixth Star Innovations:

There is no doubt that the Scenic Eclipse cruise discovery experience will “take you so much further” than any other experience can possibly offer! Unlike other operators, Scenic will not just offer the regular zodiac excursions, but also an amazing range of exciting brand new range of other activities such as kayaking, scuba diving, or why not take a flight on one of the Eclipse’s very own two Scenic Helicopters. These helicopters will allow you to travel far inland, something that is very rare especially whilst in Antarctica, as there are only a few ships that is able to offer this option, and only the Scenic Eclipse will have two of Helicopters located in the ships Hangars! The Helicopter will allow you to travel inland and open up the wondrously beautiful and the very remote Emperor Penguin colony’s to the ship’s Guests, thus you can observe nature at its very best, that is rarely seen!

One of the ships Airbus H130 six passenger helicopters seen on the aft helipad, the other is in the ships Heli-Hanger

However, there is one further adventure the Scenic Eclipse is able to offer and this one is certainly not found on any passenger ship or Yachts in the world, for the Scenic Eclipse Discovery Experience has taken your adventure much further, or should I say, much deeper than is possible on any other discovery voyage. Indeed, the Scenic Eclipse has its very own on-board six-seat Submarine that will offer six guests a rare glimpse of the underwater worlds where the ship will be operating, from Sea Turtles in the tropics to various Whales in the Polar Regions. There is no doubt that a Voyage of Discovery on the Scenic Eclipse will be your greatest lifetime experience. Guests are seated in the two bubbles on each side of the Sub, and the Pilot sits in the middle navigating it through the many wonders to be seen!

The six-seat submarine is seen about to be lowered into the water


Included in your fare:……………………………………………………Included Discovery Experiences:

Spacious all Verandah Suite Accommodations. ……………Shore excursions.

Butler Service for every Guest. …….………………………………Scenic Enrich exclusive events.

Five Dining Venues. ……………………….…………………………….Expert local guides.      

Open Seating. ……………………………………………………………...Zodiac excursions.

Unlimited Complimentary beverages. ……………….…………Kayak and snorkelling excursions.

Mini-Bar restocked daily. …….…………………………………..…Use of the ships e-bikes (electronically powered) ashore.

Late night menu for night owls. ………………………………..Explore under the Sea in the ships Submarine*.

Bottled water for all shore excursions. ……………..…………Sour above and far beyond by Helicopter*.

Also chef-prepared picnics when required.………. …………Go Scuba diving*.

All Food and beverages are included in your…………………Bottled water provided during all excursions.

fare as are the excursions via Zodiacs & kayaks……………Chef-prepared picnics whilst onshore.

Entertainment and Discovery Presentations. …………..……All internal flights.

Complimentary Wi-Fi internet. ………………………………..…..Note: Only 3 items marked in red & with an *are at an .optional cost!

Cruise Directors to assist you with your time on-board.

Spa Sanctuary & Plunge Pools.

Gym, Yoga & Pilates Studio.

Complimentary Self-serve Guest Laundry.

Return Airport transfers at your convenience.

All Tipping and Gratuities.

Innovative Safety Design:

From the first ocean-going vessels thousands of years in the past, the quest to design and build even better yachts and ships that could withstand the elements has been ongoing. Scenic has taken all that experience and built the safest, most technologically advanced Expedition Yacht ever seen in the world. In addition, she has been given a Green Passport” (Bureau VERITAS).

Scenic was inspired by the sleek contours of a sailing yacht and the ships designers came up with  just what Scenic was after a design of a super sleek Yacht-like ship that would glide through ocean currents with ease. Thus the Scenic Eclipse has been constructed to the highest international safety standards, utilising state-of-the-art technology and GPS dynamic positioning, plus a host of safety features. In addition, the Scenic Eclipse has a rating of Polar Class 6, being the highest of any luxury vessel, and this enables the safest navigation through Arctic and Antarctic waters where she will spend three months of the year.

Most importantly, for her Guests comfort, Scenic Eclipse will have custom-built stabilisers that are 50% larger than on any other ship. She will be fitted with state-of-the-art fins that can adjust themselves to cope with even the largest of swells that will have the Scenic Eclipse remain steady, even at zero speeds. This innovation is especially important during their Polar cruises.

Scenic Eclipse has been designed according to the old adage, “safety in numbers.” Along with her ice strengthened hull, she will have two engine rooms located in separate fire zones, as well as two wheel houses and two galleys and refrigeration units. Guests’ safety and comfort remains “Scenic Cruises and Tours” number one priority at all times!

Statement from Bureau VERITAS:

Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of the Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau VERITAS, said;

“Bureau VERITAS was involved at an early stage of design, working closely with the owners, of the shipyard and well known design offices for the development of this new concept cruise ship. Our expertise with safety, Polar conditions and comfort on board were all critical elements of the new concept which Scenic presents as a six-star luxury discovery yacht.”

Scenic Eclipse will be powered by two separate diesel-electric propulsion plants and two pods. She will be granted the highest BV Marks and Notations, including the “new Polar Class” and several additional class notations relating to pollution prevention, such as advanced waste water treatment system, ballast water management system, waste holding capacity and a Green Passport.

Dame Helen Mirren Her Godmother:

September 10, 2019: With much fan-fare and the dazzling New York City skyline as a backdrop, The Scenic Eclipse was officially christened by her Godmother Dame Helen Mirren. She was berthed at Manhattan Cruise Terminal, where the ship was docked alongside Pier 88. The party was up on the deck of the terminal, and the famous actress spoke passionately about what it meant to be named godmother before reciting the traditional blessing: “May God bless this ship and all who sail on her.”

Ms. Mirren, her Husband and the entire christening party then walked onto the pier, and there the official ceremonial bottle of champagne was sent towards, and breaking onto the ships bow after a 10-second countdown.

The Scenic Eclipse will operate in some of the worlds finest expedition regions, from the far North in the Arctic regions, right down to the South to the Antarctic. In addition she will spend time in warmer climes in the Mediterranean.

But with Polar Class 6 ice rating, she will feel best at home in the Polar Regions where she will able to show her best capabilities. Interest in this ultra modern and streamlined yacht has been amazing, and bookings have filled the ship to overflowing, and the sooner the second ship arrives, the better!

The Scenic Eclipse is seen in Antarctica with one of her Helicopters above

A Second Ship:

Scenic Eclipse I will have an identical sister ship the Scenic Eclipse II in 2020

Due to the massive success of the Scenic Eclipse, hen sister the Scenic Eclipse II will further strengthen Scenic’s position as the leading innovator in the Ultra-Luxury Expedition Cruise industry, setting an unparalleled benchmark innovative design, + Star Luxury and new technology. As we would expect, the Scenic Eclipse fleet will comply with the supreme design and international safety standards as noted by “Bureau VERITAS.”

Scenic Eclipse II is due to be launched in 2020, and is due to embark on her maiden voyage from Athens to Lisbon, before her debut season of innovative handcrafted itineraries visiting the European and Russian Arctic regions, including the Northwest Passage, regions well suited Unparalleled Luxury Expedition Cruising.

Video Introduction to the Scenic Eclipse II



Built by:.……………………………Uljanik Shipyard JSC, Pula, Istria - Croatia, 2018.

Port of Registry:………….…….Malta.

Maiden Voyage:…………………August 31, 2018.

Tonnage:…………………………..16,500 GRT.

Passenger Decks:…………….8.

Cruising Speed:…………………17 knots.

Length:………………………………165.7m - 546.76ft.

Width:……………………………….21.9m - 71.10ft.

Draught:……………………………5.3m - 17.4.

Passenger Decks:………………8.


.  .……………………………………200 whilst in Polar regions.



.  .……………………………………182 whilst in Polar regions.

Crew Nationality:………………International.


The amazingly Stylish Scenic Eclipse is seen from High above!


Enter Page Two Here to view her Deck Plan


View the new Scenic Eclipse Video Here


View the Preview Edition of the Scenic Eclipse BROCHURE ONLINE HERE

Please Note: Cruise-Australia and its associated pages are 100% non-commercial and privately owned cruise sites and are NOT associated with any cruise company or travel agency! Although the author has been in the passenger shipping industry since 1960 and is currently semi-retired, but continues to write cruise and ship reviews and articles in order to better to inform cruise and ship enthusiasts and provide information for those intending a cruise in the future.

Reuben Goossens.

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