Slated as the “world’s first Discovery Ship”, Scenic Eclipse, despite delays in construction, is continuing its fit-out at Uljanik Shipyard in Pula, Croatia, with delivery slated for Q1 2019.

The float out at the start of this year came just days before the announcement that Scenic would soon begin work building a sister ship.

The 228-guest “six-star” luxury yacht had been slated to begin its cruise season on August 31, 2018 with a 15-day Mediterranean Discovery itinerary, however issues at the Croatian shipyard meant a push-back of the launch date, and reimbursement of bookings from this summer’s cruise.

In July, Scenic Founder and Chairman, Glen Moroney, stated, “Despite the best efforts of our Scenic Eclipse Build Supervision Team to make up construction time, we are not prepared to compromise the quality of the vessel and potentially impact guest experiences to meet the original late August 2018 launch date.”

Scenic Eclipse has been designed by a collaboration of internal and external naval architects including Foreship in Finland and Oliver Design from Spain, and the ship is being built by Uljanik Group in Croatia. The opulent interiors have been designed by Karen Moroney.

Melding world-class innovation with incredible luxury, the Scenic Eclipse has ratcheted up the cruise industry standard for doing expedition cruises: 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 345 ft² to 2,659 ft²; 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; a 5,920 ft² spa with a well-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio; two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine – to allow for explorations far beyond any done on expedition ships to date; a 240-seat theatre for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.

And then there is the technology… innovative zero-speed stabiliser fins, 50% larger than standard to provide even greater stability; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A Super): redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; state-of-the-art bridge systems; and GPS dynamic positioning system that allows for stationary positioning without the use of an anchor.