An Extraordinary Occasion: Celebrating the 1st Anniversary of Scenic Eclipse


One year on, and The World's First Discovery Yacht™ has truly set the benchmark for ultra-luxury cruising                                                                                                                                

August 15, 2020 is a special day for everyone at Scenic. This is because it marks the anniversary of Scenic Eclipse, our 6-star, ultra-luxury Discovery Yacht. Departing Reykjavik, Iceland on her maiden voyage, Scenic Eclipse took to the seas on the ultimate voyage of discovery, one year ago.

And what a journey it’s been so far on board The World’s First Discovery Yacht™. From the Arctic to the Americas to Antarctica, our very first expedition yacht has ventured to the edges of the map in search of extraordinary landscapes and unforgettable experiences. Led by our exceptional and expert onboard team, we’ve created incredible moments for those fortunate enough to travel during the Yacht’s inaugural season – moments they’ll treasure for a lifetime.

To help celebrate Scenic Eclipse’s 1st anniversary, we’re taking a look back at our first year on the seas – from the extraordinary destinations visited to some of the wonderful moments our guests have experienced on board.

Watch our special Scenic Eclipse anniversary video and discover what a year it’s been for The World’s First Discovery Yacht™.

Scenic Eclipse: The First Year in Numbers

Continents, countries and hundreds of ports of call; it’s been an astonishing first year of sailing for Scenic Eclipse. In less than a year, our 6-star discovery yacht has crossed the globe, transporting guests to unforgettable destinations, and providing unique moments of wonder and discovery that few ever get to experience.

To give you a better sense of what Scenic Eclipse has achieved and accomplished in her first year of sailing, take a look at our gallery below, where we’ve summarized some standout facts and figures as we look back on the year in numbers... 

Highlights from the Scenic Eclipse Crew

It isn’t just guests who have enjoyed unforgettable moments on board Scenic Eclipse over the past 12 months. With incredible destinations bringing new discoveries, our crew has also been privy to wonderful and unexpected experiences – from the Yacht’s arrival in Manhattan to first approaching the shores of Antarctica.

Here, our experienced crew members share some of their memories and highlights from a first year on board The World’s First Discovery Yacht™.

The arrival of the Emperor penguins

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Captain James Griffiths

During the very first Antarctic voyage, we managed to get the ship down to the ice sheet near Cockburn Island, deep in the Weddell Sea. This was only possible due the ability of Scenic Eclipse. It was a huge relief to know that, after several years of planning, the ship was every bit as technically capable as we had hoped. We were the first ship of the season to get so far south, and we even managed to get the ship ‘parked’ alongside the ice to allow our guests to walk on the sea ice. The absolute highlight was, of course, when several Emperor penguins arrived, and proceeded to spend several hours with our guests.

Untouched, serene paradise

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Captain Erwan Le Rouzic

What stands out for me as a testament to the unique technology and capabilities of Scenic Eclipse was our visit to the protected island of Little Inagua, in the Bahamas. Thanks to the maneuverability and exceptional environmental standards of Scenic Eclipse, we obtained official authorization from the Bahamian authorities to organize a discovery day on this protected island – something few people have ever experienced. And, with special discovery excursions including snorkelling, kayaking and beach yoga to enjoy, our guests were able to make the absolute utmost of their time spent in this untouched, serene paradise. Given this is a place few have ventured in decades, it was a unique and memorable experience for everyone.

I'm lucky to be part of such a wonderful project

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Tom Götter, Executive Chef

For me, the greatest moment was the maiden journey from Croatia to Reykjavík, when the hard work and effort of the crew finally came together. The ship looked stunning, and the guests were very impressed with its features and amenities – from the restaurants and spa, to its suites and, of course, the overall design of the ship. But perhaps what was most rewarding was not the reaction of the guests, but all the faces of the crew, and how proud they were of everything we had achieved together to make the promise of Scenic Eclipse a reality. It inspired me in such an intense way that still, a year later, I get a big smile on my face and feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful project.

We knew that we had set the benchmark

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Jason Flesher, Expedition Operations Manager

Arriving at Eric the Red’s village in Greenland was the first time we were scheduled to run all discovery activities at once – including kayaking, helicopter flights, submarine dives, tours and guided hikes. This was the day we were to find out if our Expedition team could rise to the challenge, and rise we did, with a hugely successful day of discovery amid this beautiful wilderness. Upon returning to Scenic Eclipse, we knew that we had the set the benchmark, creating exceptional experiences for our guests on water, land and in the air. That was when I realized what I was a part of, and that we’d pioneered a new chapter in expedition cruising. Over the past 12 months, we’ve continued to raise the bar, and I’m proud to be working alongside the best in the industry.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this Year in Review, celebrating an incredible year of adventures on board Scenic Eclipse. For more information about upcoming itineraries on The World’s First Discovery Yachts™ or to book your place, click here or call the team today on 1 866 689 8611.