Scenic Eclipse News & Updates

Scenic Eclipse helicopter trials complete

August 6, 2019

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today released footage of the final tests and trials of the state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters. The 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.

Final testing and certification of the helicopters coincided with formal testing and certification of Scenic Eclipse for the carriage of paying passengers.

“This is a daunting task for any ship,” said Scenic Founder and Chairman, Glen Moroney, “and particularly for a vessel of the technological sophistication of Scenic Eclipse.  All systems need to be rigorously tested under normal operations and in emergency simulations.  I’m very proud to say Eclipse has been successfully certified for passenger ship operations, 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.

Scenic Eclipse Theatre Build Timelapse

July 31, 2019

Scenic is delighted to share a time lapse video of the hi-tech theatre arena, one of the many stunning public places on Scenic Eclipse. Designed using the most advanced cinemascope technology, creating an immersive ‘in-the-round’ 270 degree visual and sound experience, the state-of-the-art theatre will be a focal point for entertainment, Discovery team education and lecture sessions. Guest will be amazed by the comfort, luxury and unobstructed viewing of the electronic adjustable seating. Scenic Eclipse will be sailing on her maiden voyage out of Reykjavik on 15 August, we are pleased to provide you with this preview of just one of the many stunning the interiors of this world class ship – redefining luxury ocean cruising. Scenic Eclipse – The World’s first Discovery Yacht.

Dame Helen Mirren Announced as Godmother of Scenic Eclipse

July 25, 2019

Photo credit: Trevor Leighton

Scenic is delighted to announce the appointment of Academy Award winner Helen Mirren as the Godmother for Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht.

“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.

July 17, 2019

Eclipse Build Update

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has announced that Scenic Eclipse has completed the final sea trials, which included endurance testing at full speed, final calibration of dynamic positioning and blackout tests. The ship is on schedule to depart the shipyard on 27 July 2019.

With less than 30 days to the official launch on 15 August 2019, Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht, is now undergoing the final preparations prior to welcoming the first guests on board in Reykjavík for the maiden voyage.