Croatian Prime Minister tours Scenic Eclipse as Construction Continues on the New Scenic Eclipse II Ultra-Luxury Discovery Yacht 

Boston and Vancouver, July 2020 – On July 2nd, The Scenic Group’s newly formed shipbuilding company, MKM Yachts, was granted a sub concession at the Maj 3 Shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia, in an official signing ceremony attended by the Croatian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Sea, Oleg Butkovic.

Scenic Group Chairman and founder, Glen Moroney, greeted the Prime Minister via video call from Switzerland. Then Prime Minister Plenkovic met with Sasa Coklijat, Director of Scenic Group’s subsidiary MKM Yachts and Scenic Eclipse Captain James Griffiths, for a private tour of the 228-guest Discovery Yacht. The shipyard visit follows the commencement of steel cutting and construction of Scenic Eclipse II, the second Discovery Yacht in Scenic Group’s ocean fleet.

Scenic Group’s wholly owned subsidiary, MKM Yachts, recently completed an agreement with the Croatian Government for a dedicated and separate section of the existing Maj 3 Shipyard in Rijeka. The ocean ship builds will commence with the construction of Scenic Eclipse II, with a further four custom-built vessels to follow over the next six years. All vessels will be of the highest ultra-luxury standards.

The 228-passenger ultra-luxury mega yachts are designed especially for polar expedition cruising conditions. The first of these ships, Scenic Eclipse, launched in August 2019 to great fanfare, with a christening held in New York City on September 10, 2019 with Dame Helen Mirren doing the honors as the ship’s Godmother. The Discovery Yacht has since been named “Best New Ship” by Cruise Critic and as one of the best in the world on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2020 Hot List for cruise ships.

Inspired by the sleek contours of a sailing yacht and custom-built with an unwavering commitment to safety and excellence in design, Scenic Eclipse combines a wealth of world-class facilities with the opportunity for unrivalled exploration. Scenic Eclipse has the highest Polar Class 6 rating and uses custom-built stabilisers that are 50% larger than those of other ships to provide greater stability as it navigates the water. The GPS dynamic positioning allows the ship to maintain location without dropping anchor onto sensitive water beds and the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems, plus the highly efficient engines will reduce emissions, noise and vibrations, for minimal disturbances to the marine life environment.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 34-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive river and ocean 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. In 2019, Scenic introduced the world’s first luxury Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has eight (soon to be nine with the 2021 launch of Emerald Luna) Star-Ships offering sailings on European rivers and Southeast Asia’s Mekong River. In 2021, the Emerald Azzurra will be the first ship to launch under the new Emerald Yacht Cruises brand - a 100-guest super yacht that will ply the warm waters of the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Red seas.