Construction Diary

Scenic Eclipse set sail on the 15 August 2019, see a timeline of the build below.

Inspired by the sleek contours of a sailing yacht and designed to glide through ocean currents with ease, Scenic Eclipse is built to the highest international safety standards, utilising state-of-the-art technology and GPS dynamic positioning, plus a host of safety features including stabiliser fins.

A rating of Polar Class 6, the highest of any luxury vessel, enables the safest navigation through Arctic and Antarctic waters.

See the timeline of Scenic Eclipse below.

12 August 2019

Scenic Eclipse arrives in Valletta, Malta

We are proud to reveal the stunning footage of Scenic Eclipse, The World's First Discovery Yachts™ 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.

“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.”

6 August 2019

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

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today confirmed it took delivery of Scenic Eclipse on 26 July from the Uljanik Shipyard. 
Scenic Eclipse departed the shipyard at 8pm 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. 

In addition, Scenic today released footage of the final tests and trials of the state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters. The video below 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”.
31 July 2019

A first glimpse of Scenic Eclipse’s interiors – Theatre construction time-lapse

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. 
17 July 2019

Scenic Eclipse Completes Final Sea Trials – 30 days until the Maiden Voyage

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.
13 June 2019

Scenic Eclipse surpasses expectations during sea trials

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.

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.

16 May 2019

Scenic Eclipse Dry Dock and Sailing Update

Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht, has completed its scheduled dry dock works and is now preparing for sea trials ahead of the 15 August inaugural sailing. Defining a new era of luxury and discovery, these final images show the sleek lines and profile of this incredible innovative luxury discovery yacht. 
3  May 2019

Scenic Dock Update

In late April, Scenic Eclipse was taken undertow to Lenac shipyard in Croatia as part of scheduled dry dock. She will remain in dry dock for approximately 10 days during which time standard works will be conducted included degreasing and high pressure washing of the hull, application of final anti-corrosive coats and final inspection processes before dry dock flooding and return to Uljanik shipyard for final preparations leading to sea trials in June and launch on 15 August.
12 April 2019
Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Eclipse Build Update

We are very pleased to report that build progress in all areas of Scenic Eclipse has been moving along well.

We did have to deal with a week long shipyard workers’ strike that took place at the end of March, resulting in a near halt to work onboard. Although this strike did not involve any of the workers assigned to Scenic Eclipse, it did cause a delay in some commissioning and other works onboard as most of our sub contractors were prevented from boarding the ship.

To make up for this short interruption, we have extended shifts during the week and increased weekend workers capacity in order to regain lost time and are currently at full production. We are confident the build schedule will progress as planned and Scenic Eclipse will launch on time.

All mechanical systems are complete with commissioning progressing well. All four main engines have been fully load tested and the ship is now operating under its own power. The highly efficient ABB Azipod propulsion system commissioning is progressing well with starboard pod providing thrust in harbour testing.

Scenic Eclipse’s first sea trial is planned for the end of May and further updates will be given at that time.

12 February 2019

Scenic Eclipse Build Update

In a positive development for the Scenic Eclipse build and the Uljanik Group, a consortium comprised of the Croatian DIV group and Italian Shipyard Fincantieri was confirmed on 7 February as the new owner of Uljanik. Accordingly, Scenic is confident that these new owners will bring stability and focus to both current and future ship builds. The Scenic Group has signed a letter of intent with the new consortium that will lead the shipyard to set up a new Discovery Yacht division within the restructured Uljanik group.

This new joint venture will be fully focused on completing Scenic Eclipse by our revised 15 August launch date, and on expediting the build of the second Scenic Eclipse, as well as progressing development of the next generations of Scenic’s Discovery Yachts.

14 November 2018

Scenic Eclipse Build Update

In spite of the very real challenges that the shipyard is facing, we continue to have a committed, expert workforce in the shipyard who are dedicated to completing Scenic Eclipse for the first cruise of April 2019.

10 October 2018

Scenic Eclipse Build Update

As you can see from the video and time lapse images, there are only a few balconies and the heli deck to mount and then the hull and superstructure will be complete. Please note that the scaffolding around the ship is for workers to prepare the hull for final painting.

There are over 700 workers on day shifts during the week, over 150 on evening shifts and 450 on Saturdays, so the interior fit-out continues at pace and the engine and associated systems commissioning has commenced.

3 February 2018

Second Ship of Scenic Eclipse Fleet Announced

Following the extraordinary global interest in Scenic’s soon-to-launch 6-star Scenic Eclipse, Scenic has announced that the fleet will expand to two ships.

The second ship will launch in 2020, and will enable the fleet to expand its itineraries including the European and Russian Arctic, Russia’s White Sea, the Northwest Passage, Southern Greenland and Alaska to Russia across the Bering Sea.

31 January 2018

Scenic Eclipse Celebrates its Float Out

On 31 January 2018, Scenic Eclipse celebrated its float out from the ship yard and with the exterior construction almost complete, the ship is ready to begin the fit out process.
6 August 2017

Construction update

We have another exciting Scenic Eclipse update. The ship's bow thrusters have now been transported onto the slipway. A bow thruster is located at the front of the ship to make it more maneuverable when docking.
7 July 2017

Steel Construction Update

Currently, 60% of the ship's steel construction is complete and soon she will be taking shape on the slipway. Here we can see the retractable zero speed stabilisers being delivered to the shipyard. These stabilisers are a major innovation on Scenic Eclipse, which not only stabilise the ship but also allow safer entry and exit in isolated locations.
28 April 2017

Keel Laid for the World's First Discovery Yachts, Scenic Eclipse

The keel-laying ceremony of Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yachts, took place on Friday 28 April.
9 December 2016

Scenic Eclipse cuts steel

Scenic marked the official start of production of the World’s First Discovery Yachts - Scenic Eclipse, with a steel cutting ceremony.
17 January 2016

Scenic announces World's First Discovery Yachts

Scenic last night announced the launch of Scenic Eclipse – the World’s First Discovery Yachts. Three years in planning, the launch of Scenic’s Ocean Cruise Line heralds a new direction for the award winning luxury travel operator which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.