Luxury river cruising and touring firm Scenic has delivered a seismic shockwave to the world of luxury expedition cruising, confirming its entry to the market in the form of the visually stunning, 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse, described as “where luxury meets discovery”.

Cruise Advice understands it will be the first of up to three vessels which will roll out in coming years. Three years in the making, the luxury yacht will be just over 165 metres in length and will feature an ice-strengthened hull to enable it to sail in any part of the world, including polar regions. Around 20 different itineraries will be offered by the vessel in Europe, the Americas, Norwegian Fjords, Mediterranean and the Polar Regions, with its maiden voyage being an Istanbul to Venice cruise on 31 August 2018.

As visually and aesthetically pleasing as the yacht appears from the outside, it’s the onboard features that are sure to marvel. Guests will have access to a seven-seat submarine for underwater exploration, two twin-engined helicopters both housed in their own compartments onboard the ship and customised zodiac watercraft for off-ship exploration – all accessible from an adjustable landing and watersports marine at the rear of the ship.

Scenic Eclipse carries its own submarine onboard
While Scenic is normally all-inclusive, a ride in the new onboard submersible will carry a surcharge.

Staterooms will vary in size from the 32 square metre Verandah Suite to the two-bedroom Owner’s Penthouse Suite at 232 square metres. Each features a separate bedroom and living area and balcony along with floor-to-ceiling windows. The evening dining venue choice will consist of six options, ranging from Pan-Asian, Contemporary French and Italian fine dining. Further onboard amenities include a 240-seat theatre, four separate lounges, three bars, spa facility, gym, yoga and pilates studio and a heated pool with retractable roof.

Rendering of the suites and staterooms on Scenic Eclipse
A rendering of the passenger accommodations on Scenic Eclipse

Scenic said in its announcement that all critical functions of the ship have been duplicated, with two independent engine rooms, food storage facilities and wheelhouses each capable of catering to passengers onboard in the event one of the two becomes incapacitated. The ship’s engines have been designed to surpass future global standards in exhaust emissions. In addition, the ship also houses a waste water treatment system to neutralise any environmental impact in ecologically sensitive regions of the world.

“Our goal with Scenic Eclipse was to open up the private Discovery Yacht experience so that our guests could discover regions previously only visited by a fortunate few,” Scenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney said.

See the entire announcement video here: