Scenic Group Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney and his wife Karen joined the debut sailing of the Scenic Eclipse II from Lisbon 13APR with loyalty guests and VIPs. The inaugural sailing comes ahead of the ship's 03JUN naming ceremony in Malaga Spain with Godmother Dr. Kathy Sullivan.
The addition of the 114-suite Scenic Eclipse II to the fleet is a milestone moment for Scenic. The new ship doubles the line's ocean cruise capacity. The 550ft vessel is a near-identical sister-ship to Scenic Eclipse, which launched in 2019.
For the first two months of operation, Scenic Eclipse II will explore the picturesque coastal waters and coves of Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Spain and France before heading north towards Norway for a series of Arctic expeditions.
Guests on the debut sailing are enjoying enhanced spaces, new culinary experiences, and exclusive cultural moments. The line's Director of Food and Beverage will be on hand for a portion of the cruise to oversee the ship’s ten culinary venues, including the new Chef's Garden @ Epicure immersive culinary masterclass experience and presentation area that will see the Executive Chef and his team personally share the secrets of local dishes and cooking techniques. Meanwhile, the yacht’s Discovery Team will provide insights during the sailing along with information on the excursions available.
New Design Features
Among the design enhancements to Scenic Eclipse II are the new Sky Deck, which now features 270-degree views and a new Sky Bar with indoor and outdoor seating including six private cabanas allowing guests to enjoy the stunning views with their favourite drink in hand. Another new feature is the large, oval shaped pool, complete with comfortable furniture by Italian design house Paola Lenti. The natural venue for sail-away deck parties, the pool now incorporates special jets allowing guests to swim ‘laps’.
Guests will also discover the ship’s eclectic art collection. In what the cruise line is calling "a rare exclusive," British-born artist Carl Hush will be on board for a live installation of his new feature artwork inside Koko’s Asian Fusion restaurant. The acclaimed creator, whose work encompasses street art, collage and painting, draws heavily on Japanese culture to explore representations and constructions of women. Hush previously created a bespoke piece in a similar vein for Scenic Eclipse, and this is a rare opportunity for guests to see an artist at work.
Additional art on board includes an exclusive mural commission by Croatian designer Slaven Kosanovi Lunar in the Night Market @ Koko’s, and the resin mixed media work of Mitch Gobel, who resides in Australia’s Byron Bay, in the Scenic Bar & Lounge and each guest suite.
Inaugural and Future Seasons Including Canada and U.S. Itineraries
Scenic Eclipse II will sail the world in her first two years in service. From the Arctic in the summer – exploring Norway, Greenland, Iceland and Canada – the Yacht tours the British Isles before heading across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal to South America, and eventually down to Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica for the Winter.
In MAR 2024, Scenic Eclipse II then takes a turn across the Pacific towards French Polynesia, Tahiti and Fiji, before a series of cruises exploring the Kimberley coastline during Australia’s winter. New Zealand, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands are among more Pacific options up until OCT 2024.
Scenic Eclipse II makes her first appearance in Canadian waters in AUG 2023 as it spends three days exploring Canada’s largest island, Baffin Island, during the 14-day Uncover Greenland & Canada sailing. The yacht’s first visit to the USA will be in Boston on 12OCT before she departs Portland, Maine the next day for an 11-day Bermuda & The Bahamas itinerary.
More Eclipse Ship Details
The Eclipse yachts have 114 suites across five decks, ranging in size from 345 to nearly 2,600 ft², 10 dining experiences, butler service for every suite, a staff to guest ratio of 1:1, a 5,920 ft² spa, two on board helicopters and a submarine offering truly unique discovery experiences.
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