110 Bottles of Whisky on the Wall...Scenic Eclipse's Whisky Bar is a Star

06 November 2019

The whisky fanatic’s adage says, “every loaf of bread is a tragic story of grains that could've become beer or whisky but didn't…” No such issue exists at Scenic Eclipse’s whisky bar where 110 bottles of Uisge-beatha na h-Alba (Gaelic for whisky or “water of life”) are available for guests to sample and enjoy. 

Located in the main lounge of the World’s First Discovery Yacht, the Whisky Bar is a favourite gathering place for many of the ship’s 228 guests. The floor to ceiling display case, backed by a wall of translucent quartz crystal, puts the ship’s 110 varieties of whisky on gorgeous display. The stock includes single malts such as a 25-year-old Glendullan, a 30-year-old Jura The Loch and a 16-year-old Lagavulin. Blended whiskies, include the most famous of super-premium blends, Johnny Walker Blue; Ireland’s Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel; Canada’s Crown Royal Deluxe; and an array of examples from Australia, Japan, Taiwan, France, India, USA, South Africa and Sweden - all included as part of Scenic’s unique all-inclusive policy.

Guests gravitate to the bar to mingle and trade stories of their day’s experiences, including exploring on one of two Airbus helicopters or the on board the six-guest submarine; to enjoying discovery excursions via kayak, paddleboards and e-bikes; a treatment at the 550m2 Senses Spa, a Pilates class or work out in the well-equipped gym; listening to educational seminars given by Discovery Team; or coming back after taking in the local cultures and sights highlighted on one of many shore excursions.

Scenic’s industry-first policy of being truly all-inclusive on their river ships holds true on its first ocean vessel. The only additional charges are for personal spa treatments and services, helicopter and submarine excursions, and some very high-end wines on the Chairman’s Cellar List. Everything else – all drinks, meals, room service, butlers, transfers, gratuities, excursions and lectures are included.

Dining on board Scenic Eclipse is a global culinary journey with 14 different nations represented in the kitchens and up to 10 unique dining experiences ranging from causal to fine dining and inspired by all corners of the globe. From contemporary French fine dining at Lumiere to top grade fillets of steak cooked to perfection in the elegant Elements restaurant, a casual meal in the Azure Bar and Café, or modern Asian fusion at Koko’s, there is never a shortage of choice. 

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive river cruises and handcrafted escorted land tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has grown to offer river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Waterways (evergreen for AU release) has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launched this year on the Mekong River. Exclusive charters are offered on SE Asia’s Irrawaddy River; the Volga River in Russia; yacht cruises out of Croatia; and Egypt’s Nile River.

An Installation Of Graffiti On Board Scenic Eclipse

15 October 2019

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has unveiled three custom installations on board Scenic Eclipse by the famous British Graffiti Artist, Carl Hush.

The works were installed over a two-day period while Scenic Eclipse was in port in Rotterdam.

“His unique works are striking, an amalgamation of collage, graffiti, stencil, painting and drawing. He is known for using these mixed techniques to create his geisha inspired works. The collection on board Scenic Eclipse will be of his beautiful geisha ladies, featured most prominently in our stunning Koko’s restaurant”, said Karen Moroney, Project Director- Design, Scenic Group. “His work which focuses on the female from depicting their beauty and sensuality are created in traditional colours and modern graffiti style, which are the perfect complement to the warmth and subdued atmosphere of our ship design”, she said.

About the Artist
UK based artist Hush draws influence from graphic novels, animation and the evanescent quality of street art. Hush's mix of crazy anime inspired characters and pop-infused imagery creates a fascinating commentary on urban culture and has been described as Urban Abstract Pop.

Hush originally trained as a graphic designer and illustrator at Newcastle School of Art and Design for 5 years. His love of street art goes back to his youth, when he did a bit of graffiti in his formative years and made posters for rave/dance nights, "I've always been interested in how graffiti was being reintroduced and how it was influencing styles and fonts, but never really being accepted as its own art form".

Hush has worked throughout Asia, Europe and the USA. His interest and immersion in diverse cultures has informed his art which is recognizable for its cross-cultural influences. His central focus is the female form, in particular iconic and Pop Art renditions, from the geisha to anime manga.

He is also interested in the contrasts between old and new and the fusion of Eastern and Western culture. Hush's technique combines various street art approaches with traditional art practices. 

Scenic Eclipse has set a new benchmark in luxury expedition ocean cruising suites with 114 luxurious suites across five decks, a sumptuous 550m2 spa sanctuary, up to 10 dining experiences, butler service to every suite, a staff to guest ratio of up 1:1, and our two on board helicopters and a submarine offering truly unique discovery experiences.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive river cruises and handcrafted land tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has offered river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River.

A Culinary Journey On Board Scenic Eclipse

11 October 2019

As Executive Chef on board Scenic Eclipse, Tom Goetter has set himself the challenge to reinvent dining on the high seas, and that means ensuring his guests can enjoy an ever-changing selection of flavours throughout their cruise. “We have a total of 2500 recipes across our eight restaurants,” Goetter says. “You would need to be on board for one and a half months to eat every dish.”

Dining on board Scenic Eclipse is a global culinary journey with 14 different nations represented in the kitchens and 10 unique dining experiences ranging from causal to fine dining and inspired by all corners of the globe. From contemporary French fine dining at Lumiere to your favourite fillet of steak cooked to perfection in the elegant Elements restaurant, a casual meal in the Azure Bar and Café, or modern Asian fusion at Koko’s, there is never a shortage of choice.

“We want to create a dining experience where guests feel like they cannot decide where to go at night time”, said Goetter. “What I don’t want is that one of our restaurants is called the main restaurant, or our best restaurant. It’s a discovery yacht, and we have created a discovery menu”. The attention and detail that has gone into the design and fit out of Scenic Eclipse is reflected in the passion for food coming from Tom and his team.

For the sushi bar, he doesn’t just airfreight in the freshest fish; his rice, his vinegar, his soy sauce all come direct from Japan. “You can get dashi vinegar and soy sauce anywhere, but they are different in Japan,” he says. “We have 24 month aged parmesan from Italy. It is outstanding. No one gets it because it’s 10 times the price but if you ever have pasta with this parmesan you don’t want anything else. We have two Italians in the kitchen and they just look at it all day long”.

On joining Scenic Eclipse, Goetter was given the mandate to create his own menus, to create all-inclusive dining experiences that would be like no other on any cruise ship. “We have lot of toys in the kitchen which I believe other cruise ship companies are not using yet”, he says. “We have dehydrators for dehydrating our own dry foods for breakfast and making our own spice mixes on board. We are using oven circulators for unique smoking methods and have an on board Urban Cultivator herb garden to ensure we have constant access to fresh herbs and greens.”

Scenic Eclipse offers a choice of all-inclusive dining experiences:

  • Elements - The main restaurant featuring Italian, steak and seafood
  • Yacht Club - Poolside grill, buffet and bar
  • Koko’s - Asian Fusion restaurant and Sake bar
  • Sushi @ Koko’s - A wonderfully authentic Japanese experience
  • Teppanyaki @ Koko’s - Private dining with an open Teppanyaki grill
  • Lumière - Contemporary French fine dining and Champagne bar
  • Azure Bar & Café - Relaxed all-day grazing
  • Epicure - Learn from the best in our dedicated cooking school
  • In-Suite Dining - A 24-hour comprehensive menu
  • Chef’s Table @ Elements - An exclusive invitation only degustation dining

To complement the dining experience Scenic Eclipse features eight spacious bars and lounges. Guests can sip a glass of France’s finest at the intimate Champagne Bar in Lumiere, indulge in an aged single malt at the elegant Lobby Lounge or unwind in the Observatory with a speciality tea or coffee. Complimentary beverages including mini-bar are part of our signature all-inclusive promise available all day, every day.

Scenic Eclipse has set a new benchmark in luxury expedition ocean cruising suites with 114 luxurious suites across five decks, a sumptuous 550m2 spa sanctuary, up to 10 dining experiences, butler service to every suite, a staff to guest ratio of 1:1, and our on board helicopters and submarine offering truly unique discovery experiences.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive river cruises and hand crafted escorted land tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has grown to offer river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River.

Dame Helen Mirren Christens Scenic Eclipse Against Iconic NYC Skyline

10 September 2019

Heralding a new and exceptional era in ocean cruising, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours today celebrated the official christening of Scenic Eclipse – the World’s First Discovery Yacht™ .
Having set sail on her maiden voyage from Reykjavík Iceland, Scenic Eclipse arrived at Pier 88, Manhattan Cruise Terminal, set against the world-famous backdrop of New York City. 

Scenic Eclipse
Godmother Dame Helen Mirren was joined by her husband, Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford and welcomed on board by ship’s co-owners Glen and Karen Moroney.   
 
“It was an honour to welcome Helen and Taylor on board and to share with them our vision and passion which together with the dedication and talent of the Scenic team has created an experience which has set a brand new bench mark in discovery cruising”, said Mr Glen Moroney, Chairman and Founder, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. 
 
Ensuring the event ran smoothly, master of ceremonies Claire Newell was on hand to introduce Scenic Eclipse Captain James Griffiths and NYC Ports General Manager Ken Winkler who presented the 1st Visit Plaque to Mr Moroney.
Mr Moroney then delivered a short speech that spoke of the creative drive and determination to deliver such a unique sailing experience and detailed the history of the build from its first moment of conception. Mrs Karen Moroney and her design team comprising Carmen Mikus (Interior Project Design) and Niksa Fiorienni (Architect) were acknowledge as the creative drive behind Scenic Eclipse.
Reflecting the ship’s stylish and exclusive ethos, the official naming ceremony was attended by over 350 global media, agents and VIPS who witnessed Dame Helen Mirren christen the ship dockside by breaking the ceremonial bottle of champagne against the hull and bestowing the traditional blessing of safekeeping over all those that sail in her.  
Dame Mirren added:  “I was thrilled to be invited to take on the role of Scenic Eclipse godmother, even more so now that I have stepped aboard and seen the level of design detail and technology that have gone into her creation.   She is an exceptional cruising experience, and I’m honoured to have christened her. I wish her crew and guests many years of sailing adventures and discovery”. 
Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for 228 guests, (200 in Polar regions), Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury and discovery with the ultimate in safety and sustainability, giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable.
  
Scenic Eclipse has 114 all-verandah suites ranging in size from 32 m² to 247 m²; 10 dining options from Asian Fusion to French fine dining, Chef’s Table to a poolside buffet; the 550 m² Senses Spa with latest technology-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio. Two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine Scenic Neptune capable of depths of nearly 200m; a state-of-the-art 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 stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide greater stability cutting roll by more than 85%; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6; redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; state-of-the-art bridge systems; and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing environmental impact and enhancing safety during Zodiac operations. 

Australian Artist Brings Works of Rich Colour and Passion to Scenic Eclipse

28 August 2019

In a nod to its Australian heritage, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours has secured a series of original artworks from local Byron Bay artist, Mitch Gobel, to feature on board Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yachts™.

Best known for his work in abstract resin, Gobel started experimenting with resin, amongst other materials and his practice has evolved since into a wide variety of mixed media. Three original artworks were commissioned and a selection of 124 prints were selected for display in all of the ships suites. Scenic Eclipse currently owns the largest collection of Mitch’s work.

"Mitch’s work is a perfect complement to Scenic Eclipse”, said Karen Moroney, Project Director - Design, Scenic Group. “His works are truly beautiful. They reflect the colours and movement of the ocean and exhibit a passion for life and the environment, which is at the very essence of the design of Scenic Eclipse.  

“It was very important to us to include something uniquely and expressly Australian on this ship. Mitch’s work is a true reflection of the incredible talent in this country, and we are incredibly proud to be able to feature his works”, said Mrs Moroney.  

The three main piece commissioned for Scenic Eclipse are part of The Melt collection – Costeria Amalfitana, Raja Ampat, and The Antarctic Peninsula. 

“The intention behind these works was to create a collection of art which illustrates a few specific oceanic environments of beauty and natural wealth,” said Mitch. “The artwork pays tribute to what we value from a positive perspective, as a reflection of our love, wonder and appreciation for the natural world.

“These pieces invite you to dive into my perception of three very unique environments which we know are vital to the health, diversity and abundance of life in our oceans. These areas deserve great recognition, and conservation should be at the forefront of our consciousness towards them.”

Scenic Eclipse Mitch Gobel Artwork

About the Artist 

“The art is both a practice I know well and a surprising process, continually evolving and in every way unique — the fluidity of the material's present a constant challenge. I aim to create space for the art to be its own creation while simultaneously manipulating and controlling the outcome.

My experience of the art is what I consider to be a spiritual practice, and beyond egoic intervention, I endeavor to create from the heart. It's a reflection of my internal state, a cosmic vision or remembering which I'm doing my best to illustrate and understand. Incorporating a range of mixed media and pouring techniques, I reflect on the complexity of the world around me, inspired by nature, love and the evolution of self.'

Mitch has collaborated with Greenpeace, creating a special piece of resin art to represent their Save the Reef campaign. He also created a piece he called ‘Poseidon, Protector of the Sea’ for the marine conservation organisation Sea Shepherd and is an ambassador for the Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO), an organisation dedicated to protecting the ancient forests in Gippsland, Victoria from threats such as logging.

Scenic Eclipse has set a new benchmark in luxury expedition ocean cruising suites with 114 luxurious suites across five decks, a sumptuous 550m2 spa sanctuary, up to 10 dining venues, butler service to every suite, a staff to guest ratio of 1:1, and our on board helicopters and submarine offering truly unique discovery experiences.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has grown to offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River.

Q &A with Mitch Gobel

Why did you decide to work with resin as a medium and what are the challenges and rewards of using it?

I have been working with resin since 2012 and I was drawn to it initially mainly because of its beauty and depth but also because I didn’t understand it. I’d seen a hand full of resin works in galleries and those pieces were always the works that I couldn’t make sense of. That said, I felt there was potential to express something unique and defined as an artwork. The structure of resin is transparent, like glass, and it’s possible to support different pigments and materials within itself to create this kind of frozen, floating like feel. It is simultaneously free and contained and once I started to succeed in creating what I had in mind, with the resin, it became and still is really exciting. It is hard to work with. Resin is like honey before it sets and it requires a lot of space and a structured process to contain the flow as it hardens. The beauty of it is that it really is its own creation. I do my best to manipulate the outcome, but it goes where it needs to and I’m painting with it, rather than painting it. 

Of all of the works on board Scenic Eclipse, is there one you’re most proud of? And why…

Some works are more impressive to me than others, some are better than others but it’s totally relative to the viewer. I try to stay neutral and not pick favourites because I consider each piece to be perfect within itself, but if I had to pick right now in this moment, I would say my favourite is probably Raja Ampat. 

Raja, in particular is really special because I started with the intention to create a coral reef and meditated on how that felt and the colours. What came through as the art, I feel, is just so different to what I had in my mind, but then it works so well… It was a great example of how perfectly and effortlessly something beautiful can manifest when I get out of my way and let it unfold, rather than trying to control the outcome. 

What synergies did you see between your work and Scenic Eclipse as an expedition ship exploring the most remote and stunning parts of the world?

The art has always been an exploration of self and a vessel into the unknown. A means to discover new places, new ideas… I’m sure many guests would feel the same or relate to those experiences through their journey with Scenic. 

How do you know when your work is finished?

When my wife tells me to stop? No, sometimes it’s more apparent than others. Occasionally I miss the mark and put too much of ‘me’ into the piece, but I’m learning when to step back. There’s been piece’s which scream ‘enough!’ and others are harder to pick. Every piece is unique.

Introducing Scenic Eclipse, the World's First Discovery Yacht

21 August 2019

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours introduces Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht. A new era in ocean cruising has arrived, setting a new benchmark in innovation, design and technology. Where 6-star luxury meets discovery, giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable. The following video provides the first preview inside Scenic Eclipse, featuring ultra-luxury, design and innovation.

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a choice of ten included dining experiences, from alfresco meals in the Yacht Club, to casual fare in the Azure Bar & Café, Lumiere’s French haute cuisine and the exclusive Chefs Table degustation. With one hundred and fourteen suites, all with verandahs and private butler service, Scenic Eclipse is re-defining ocean cruising on a global scale. 

From the generous 32 square metre Verandah Suites to the two bedroom Owners Penthouse Suite, all the accommodation is designed to the highest standards of comfort and are the perfect retreat after a day of exploration activities. For the ultimate experience, The Owner’s Penthouse Suite is 247 square metres of pure indulgence, with a separate sleep zone, lounge and dining areas, spa bathroom and a private terrace with jacuzzi.

Intimate and luxurious, with every amenity, Scenic Eclipse has been designed with the guest in mind, delighting both the keen explorer and elegant traveller. Rejuvenate in Senses Spa... featuring a wide range of treatments, infra-red and Finnish sauna, spa and plunge pools – all designed for your wellbeing. Venture beyond the horizon – above and below with our two on board helicopters and a submarine. From nature to cultural encounters, and historic cities to ancient monuments, Scenic Eclipse is sure to feature a voyage that excites you. We look forward to welcoming you, on board Scenic Eclipse… The World’s First Discovery Yacht.

Scenic Eclipse releases 2020/21 and 22 season brochures and incredible new footage of Scenic Eclipse

12 August 2019

As Scenic Eclipse leaves Rotterdam on the final leg to Reykjavik for the inaugural voyage on 15 August, Scenic has released its new digital brochure for the 2020/21 and 22 season.

“This new brochure is the most comprehensive program we have released”, said Anna Wolfsteiner, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Scenic Group. “It features six new itinerary’s comprising 47 departures across 38 countries, visiting 68 new ports as well as some of the most stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, and offering some truly unique experiences in destinations across the world”.

In addition, Scenic today released stunning footage of Scenic Eclipse coming into the port of Valletta, Malta, giving guests their first taste of the excitement and emotion they could experience on their voyage with Scenic Eclipse, click here to view.

Coming into port on any cruise ship is spectacular”, said Captain Griffiths, Captain Scenic Eclipse. “It is the first glimpse guests get of the city and country they are stopping in. There is a real sense of excitement and anticipation. Coming in on a ship like Scenic Eclipse will be even more exciting, as its size allows access to many ports that larger ships are not able to enter meaning our guests will, in many instances, have a truly unique arrival experience.”

Scenic Eclipse 2020-2022 Brochure Highlights:

• Two full Antarctica season with 20 departures and the opportunity to view a Solar Eclipse from the deck of the Scenic Eclipse (December 2020 and December 2021)

• Wild Alaska and British Columbia - from Vancouver to Nome, Alaska, travelling through the Aleutian Islands and the Inside Passage for the first time

. • Baja to Costa Rica Whales and Wilderness – from San Diego to Cost Rica and all the wonders of Latin America including the breathtaking Mexican Riviera.

• High Arctic Explorer – travelling as far north as North Cape, through the Svalbard Archipelago and the magnificent fjords, waterfalls, mountains and sleepy fishing villages of the Norway.

• Panama and Columbia Discovery – Transiting the famous Panama Canal, exploring the jungles and islands of Central America. Guests can download the digital brochure or register to be the first receive printed versions,

Scenic Eclipse has set a new benchmark in luxury expedition ocean cruising suites with 114 luxurious suites across five decks, a sumptuous 550m2 spa sanctuary, up to 10 dining venues, butler service to every suite, a staff to guest ratio of 1:1, and our on board helicopters and submarine offering truly unique discovery experiences.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has grown to offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River.

Scenic takes delivery of Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht

6 August 2019

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today confirmed it took delivery of Scenic Eclipse on July 26 from the Uljanik Shipyard. 

Scenic Eclipse departed the shipyard at 2000 on Saturday 27 July on its journey to Valletta, Malta for registration. From there she will make a number of short stops before arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she will commence operations of her first scheduled cruise. This inaugural voyage is a 13-day discovery sailing via Greenland and Eastern Canada before arriving in Quebec on August 27. 

In addition, Scenic today released footage of the final tests and trials of the state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters. The attached video shows the helicopters landing on the deck of Scenic Eclipse and being stored in the specially designed on board hangars. As one of the quietest helicopters in the skies, the H130 sets the standard for tourism operations worldwide and will give guests the opportunity to explore beyond the horizon, with unparalleled access to some of nature’s most beautiful sites.
“These final stages are significant highlights in any ship build,” said Scenic Founder and Chairman, Glen Moroney, “and particularly for a vessel of the technological sophistication of Scenic Eclipse.   I’m very proud to say Eclipse has been successfully certified for passenger ship operations, has been officially registered, and we are now in the final stages of preparations for our inaugural voyage”. 

Scenic Eclipse Facts
114 all-verandah suites; 
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 capable of depths of nearly 1,000 feet -- to allow for explorations far beyond any done on expedition ships to date; 
a 240-seat theater for entertainment and lectures; 
indoor and outdoor plunge pools; 
butler service for all guests and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio. 
innovative zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide greater stability; 
the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6; 
redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; 
state-of-the-art bridge systems; 
and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing any environmental affect in sensitive regions.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive luxury river cruises and handcrafted 5-star land journeys tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. 

Dame Helen Mirren Announced as Godmother of Scenic Eclipse

25 July 2019

Scenic today announced the appointment of Academy Award winner Helen Mirren as the Godmother for Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht. The maiden voyage of this 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 Chairman of Scenic. “We are delighted to welcome 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 preside over the ship”

Helen Mirren added “I am very honored 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 setting the standard for luxury exploration ocean vessels, it is only fitting that New York City has been chosen as the site for its christening on September 10, 2019.


Helen Mirren won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007 for her riveting performance 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 The Long Good Friday, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Calendar Girls (2003), Hitchcock (2012), Woman in Gold (2015) and in television as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect and Elizabeth I. She will next be seen in the highly anticipated HBO/SKY limited series in the title role of “Catherine the Great” and in the equally anticipated Warner Bros.’ film “The Good Liar.”

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. Many royal figures, actors, sports personalities and other persons of note have acted as a Godmother. 

Dame Helen Mirren Scenic Eclipse Godmother

Helen Mirren - Photo Credit Trevor Leighton

Scenic Eclipse has 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 32 m² to 247 m²; 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; a 550 m² spa with a well-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio; two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine capable of depths of nearly 200m - to allow for explorations far beyond any done on expedition ships to date; a state-of-the-art 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 stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide greater stability; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6; redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; state-of-the-art bridge systems; and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing environmental impact.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has grown to offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt . On August 15, 2019, Scenic is launching the World’s First Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River. 


Scenic Eclipse surpasses expectations during sea trials

13 June 2019

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today announced that Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yachts, continues to move closer to her official launch on August 15 2019, with the successful completion of extensive sea trials. 

“It was a real pleasure to take Scenic Eclipse out to sea for the first time,” stated Captain James Griffiths, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. “Sea trials are a critical milestone in the construction process as it is the first time all the ship systems are operated together and is a key opportunity to confirm the theoretical information from the tank tests and computer modelling. The results from these trials surpassed every expectation.

“I have worked extensively with Azipods on other ships like Scenic Eclipse’s, and these sea trials confirmed to me how incredibly versatile and powerful they are, particularly when coupled with our oversized Bow Thrusters. I was also delighted with how quiet the ship is. She was vibration free and virtually silent during all our trials, exceeding our expectations in terms of stability, manoeuvrability and performance. Scenic Eclipse really does manage to combine small ship manoeuvrability with big ship levels of comfort and quietness; it’s quite remarkable to experience it”, he said.

With sea trials complete, Scenic Eclipse will now undergo the final touches to its interior and exterior and the final training of the onboard teams before the official launch and commencement of schedule of sailings. 

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive luxury river cruises and handcrafted 5-star land journeys tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. 


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