The keel-laying ceremony for the newest ship in the Scenic Cruises fleet – Eclipse II – took place on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in the Maj 3 shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia. Sister ship to Scenic Eclipse, Scenic Eclipse II is the second coveted Discovery Yacht from Scenic Group in their ocean fleet and is due to launch in the Mediterranean in Quarter one of 2023.
The exciting occasion was attended by Glen Moroney, owner and founder of Scenic Group, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, the Minister of Economy, Tomislav Ćorić, and the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butkovic. Scenic Eclipse II is the first of five custom-built vessels to be delivered over the next six years in Croatia by MKM Yachts, Scenic Group’s a wholly owned ship-building company, in partnership with Maj 3.
As it did when Scenic Eclipse launched, the newest Discovery Yacht will continue to raise the benchmark within the ultra-luxury expedition cruising market as it navigates both polar and tropical regions. The yacht will be 551 feet long and 71 feet wide and accommodate 228 guests in six-star all-inclusive luxury (200 in polar regions). With an on-board staff-to-guest ratio of almost 1:1, there is an abundance of personal space to allow for social distancing and upwards of 10 intimate dining options.
Glen Moroney, owner of Scenic Group commented. “Two years ago, we launched the most luxurious and technologically advanced polar cruise vessel ever built. The great success achieved by Scenic Eclipse and our guests’ continuous praise reaffirmed our desire to launch a sister ship – Scenic Eclipse II. We are all familiar with the challenges that currently face the cruising industry. At Scenic Group, we are proud to continue to invest in new ventures that demonstrate our unwavering belief in the future of the industry and indeed, Scenic’s leading position within that.
Moroney continued, “The keel laying ceremony is symbolic for the start of full production and from here on we will proceed at speed for delivery. I would like to thank our partners at the Croatian shipyard as well as the Government of the Republic of Croatia for their ongoing support.”
Scenic Group has grown over its 35-year history to include award-winning, river and ocean cruises and handcrafted land journeys that take guests to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations covering all 7-continents. Since 2008, Scenic has offered truly all-inclusive luxury river cruises in Europe, SE Asia and Russia on its 15 Scenic Space-Ships and Egypt on a luxury charter. In 2019, Scenic introduced the 228 guest Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht™. Sister brand Emerald Cruises has nine branded Star-Ships offering river sailings in Europe and on the Mekong, as well as the chartered river ship along the Volga River in Russia (MS Nizhny Novgorod). In January 2022, the Emerald Azzurra will be the first yacht to launch under the Emerald Yacht Cruises brand – a 100-guest super yacht that will sail the warm waters of the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Red and Black seas.
Text: PM Scenic