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Scenic Eclipse Surpasses Expectations During Sea Trials


Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today announced that Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yachts, continues to move closer to her official launch on August 15 2019, with the successful completion of extensive sea trials.

“It was a real pleasure to take Scenic Eclipse out to sea for the first time,” stated Captain James Griffiths, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. “Sea trials are a critical milestone in the construction process as it is the first time all the ship systems are operated together and is a key opportunity to confirm the theoretical information from the tank tests and computer modelling. The results from these trials surpassed every expectation.

“I have worked extensively with Azipods on other ships like Scenic Eclipse’s, and these sea trials confirmed to me how incredibly versatile and powerful they are, particularly when coupled with our oversized Bow Thrusters. I was also delighted with how quiet the ship is. She was vibration free and virtually silent during all our trials, exceeding our expectations in terms of stability, manoeuvrability and performance. Scenic Eclipse really does manage to combine small ship manoeuvrability with big ship levels of comfort and quietness; it’s quite remarkable to experience it”, he said.

With sea trials complete, Scenic Eclipse will now undergo the final touches to its interior and exterior and the final training of the onboard teams before the official launch and commencement of schedule of sailings.

  • 114 all-verandah suites
  • 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet
  • 5,920 ft² sanctuary spa with a well-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio
  • two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine capable of depths of nearly 1,000 feet -- to allow for explorations far beyond any done on expedition ships to date
  • indoor and outdoor plunge pools
  • butler service for all guests and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio
  • innovative zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide greater stability
  • the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6
  • redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration
  • state-of-the-art bridge systems
  • and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing any environmental affect in sensitive regions