Scenic Ocean Cruise Lines - Luxury Expedition Yacht, the MV Scenic Eclipse

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

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

Introduction:

The highly acclaimed Australian based Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours will be introducing their 6-Star Ultra-Luxury Mega Expedition Yacht the “MV Scenic Eclipse” in August 2018, and she will be cruising world giving her passengers a taste of what the future of the ultimate in Expedition cruising is all about!

MV 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. There is the option for a second ship to be delivered in June 2019.

Scenic River Ships:

“Scenic Ocean Cruises” new Expedition Yacht, the Scenic Eclipse will join the Scenic Group’s all-inclusive luxury fleet of 21 River Cruise ships that sail throughout the rivers of Europe, Russia and South East Asia!

 

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

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

 

 

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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 to date, for each guest will be surrounded by the ultimate of 6 Star luxurious super Yacht! This is Scenic’s first foray into the world of Ocean Cruising, however having operating in the cruise business for a very long time, considering that today they already operate an extensive fleet of 21 Luxury River Ships. Thus with their considerable experience and the feedback from their longstanding guests, they know well; that they have created something extremely new and spectacular for the demand is certainly there for a yacht such as this!

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 vessel, providing a great deal of space even the most discerning traveller. The Scenic Eclipse has just 114 Suites for her 228 Guests and with the personal butler service; she has a 1.1 guest-to-staff ratio being better than most 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 345sqft Verandah Suite to the massive two bedroom Penthouse, measuring a 2505 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 butler service available! 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 is something for every traveller on-board this ultra luxury Expedition Yacht.

But what can I add to this amazing story? The Scenic Eclipse is an all inclusive 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 indulgence and absolute discovery. The most decadent of French Champagne, Glenfiddich on the rocks or a perfectly shaken dry martini or whether you’re toasting a day filled of wondrous experiences or just relaxing on deck, Scenic will ensure that the finest top-shelf beverages are available to help you celebrate the moment or your enjoyment. The 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 you may also dine in, entertain guests, or just relax on your balcony.

A waiter 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 glamorous, yet a relaxing Lounge

 

The 240 seat 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

 

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 Freechoice 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 32m (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 38m 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 48m 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 56m 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 43m 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 125m suites feature all the luxury appointments available in both of these suites and master suites, as well as the addition of sweeping 60m 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 233m 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 helicopters taking off from the aft helipad

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 seven-seat Submarine that will offer her 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!

The seven-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.

Minibar 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 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 discovery yacht in the world.

Featuring world-class internal safety features, the very best in dynamic positioning and considering that the Scenic Eclipse has the highest passenger ship ice-class rating, 1A Super, this will allow her to operate deep into the Arctic and Antarctic regions, where she will spend three months of the year.

In addition, 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 for 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.

Her Maiden Voyage:

The MV Scenic Eclipse will commence on her 15 Day Maiden voyage sailing from Istanbul on August 31, 2018 sailing to Venice and later she will head for the Americas, Antarctica, Europe and then return to the Mediterranean, and to the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords.

The MV 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 her 1A Super 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 is already sky high, and even from this early stage I personally think that she is worth a consideration as an expedition vessel.

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

 

Specifications:

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.

Passengers:…………………….228

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

Suites:…………………………….114.

Crew:……………………………….172

.  .……………………………………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

 

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