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Dame Helen Mirren announced as Scenic Eclipse Godmother

Scenic is honoured to announce the appointment of Dame Helen Mirren as the godmother for Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht. The maiden voyage of this ultra-luxury vessel is scheduled for August 15, 2019, departing Reykjavik Iceland on a 13-day discovery sailing, ending in Quebec on August 27.

Scenic Eclipse is a unique ship that requires an equally unique person to act in this role,” said Glen Moroney, Founder and CEO of Scenic. “We are delighted to welcome Dame Helen Mirren as Scenic Eclipse Godmother - her style, beauty and spirit of adventure are true to those embodied in the design and ethos of Scenic Eclipse. Combined with the international acclaim as one of the world’s finest actresses, Helen Mirren makes the perfect godmother to figuratively preside over the ship and bring good fortune.”

Dame Helen Mirren added: “I am very honoured to have been chosen as the Godmother to such a beautiful vessel as Scenic Eclipse. She will have many adventures and a wonderful life as she transports her guests in immaculate style and great safety to beautiful places.”

In keeping with Scenic Eclipse’s stature as the new standard for luxury exploration ships, it is only fitting that New York City has been chosen as the site for its christening on 10 September, 2019.

Dame Helen Mirren won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007 for her riveting performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. Mirren's other Academy Award nominations include The Madness of King George (1994), Gosford Park (2001), and The Last Station (2009). Some of her other notable film roles include Marcella in the 1984 film Cal, for which she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, 2010 (1984), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Calendar Girls (2003), Hitchcock (2012), The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), Woman in Gold (2015), Trumbo (2015), and The Leisure Seeker (2017). Her supportive efforts of charitable causes range from literacy and those assisting young people to refuge crises and stamping out poverty and injustice.

As a traditional maritime role – the godmother plays an important part within the ship’s christening ceremony and is responsible for the breaking of the champagne bottle against the ship’s hull. Her figurative presence also brings good luck to future sailings. Many royal figures, actresses, sports personalities and persons of note have acted as godmother.