Scenic Eclipse: An Important Milestone is Reached - Keel Laying Commences on the World’s First Discovery Yacht

We’re delighted to announce that the keel laying and coin fixing ceremony of Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht, has taken place — marking the official start of the ship’s construction.

The keel laying took place on Friday 28 April at the Uljanik Shipyard JSC in Pula, Croatia, where the ship will be carefully hand-built over the coming months by a team of expert craftsman. The event has become a rite of passage for every new ship, and the placing of a coin beneath the keel block is traditionally thought to bring good fortune to the crew and passengers when it’s ready to take to the seas.

Scenic founder and chairman, Glen Moroney, attended the ceremony and was given the prestigious task of placing a coin beneath the keel, where it will remain throughout construction and beyond. A representation of the Company’s Australian heritage, the Australian coin was placed in the hope of bringing luck to every sailing. The shipyard itself was represented by several dignitaries, including Marinko Brgic, member of the JSC management board, and Marko Moric, CEO Bureau Veritas, Croatia.  

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Scenic Eclipse is scheduled for launch in August 2018, when she will begin a season of extraordinary sailings to destinations like Iceland, Norway, the Mediterranean, South America, the Arctic and Antarctica. The ship’s meticulous design and innovative features ensure safe and effortless passage across the globe, giving you the freedom to expand your travel horizons to even the most remote regions.

If you’re interested in being one of the first to step on board this remarkable ship, order your free brochure today.

Introducing the World’s First 6-star Discovery Yacht

Upon completion, Scenic Eclipse will represent a new era in ultra-luxury ocean cruising. The 6-star mega yacht offers unprecedented luxury and comfort for 228 passengers, and features 114 all-verandah suites, from the generous 32m2 Verandah Suites to the truly luxurious 247 m2 two-bedroom Penthouse Suite.

Thanks to these intimate guest numbers, Scenic Eclipse offers a wealth of opulent public spaces, including a choice of 10 on board restaurants, a state-of-the-art theatre, 550 m2spa and several lounge and bar areas. This luxurious environment is complemented by a near 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, ensuring your absolute enjoyment every step of the journey.

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Luxury underpins every aspect of Scenic Eclipse, and so too does adventure. From helicopters and submarines to a fleet of zodiacs, the ship excels in discovery and exploration, helping you venture beyond the horizon to experience rare moments of wonder few have witnessed before. Soar above the icefields of the Antarctic Peninsula by helicopter. Paddle close to greet rare wildlife in the Caribbean. Board a zodiac to explore the ancient seaboard caves of the Scottish Isles. And dip beneath the waves in a submarine to marvel at the wonderful marine life of the Adriatic.

Choose an ocean cruise on board Scenic Eclipse, and look forward to exploring a wide world of wonder.

Extraordinary Moments Await On Board Scenic Eclipse

When Scenic Eclipse cruises out of the Uljanik Shipyard next year, she’ll begin an extraordinary season of ocean cruising, travelling the length of the globe over a handful of carefully crafted itineraries.

If you’re interested in travelling on board Scenic Eclipse, click here to browse our full collection of 6-star luxury ocean cruises, or call us on 0808 271 8435. To keep up to date with our Discovery Yacht, stay tuned to the Scenic blog for the latest news, insight and features. 

Laura Barlow-Edwards
Laura Barlow-Edwards
Laura is Scenic's Digital Marketing Exec. She loves travel; her first river cruise was on the Danube, and she fell in love with Budapest at first sight. In her free time, Laura is usually reading, travel blogging, or planning her next adventure.