The management of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours today announced that the launch of Scenic Eclipse has been delayed until late January 2019. Scenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney cited construction issues within the shipyard have caused the delay.
“Despite the best efforts of our Scenic Eclipse Build Supervision Team to make up construction time, we are not prepared to compromise the quality of the vessel and potentially impact guest experiences to meet the original late August 2018 launch date,” Moroney stated in a press release distributed this morning. “We have apologized to affected guests for the inconvenience caused and confirmed that Scenic will provide a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with their travel plans. In addition, the Scenic team will work closely with guests to reschedule their trip at a suitable time, for travel within the next two years. Scenic will provide all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage during this time a future cruise credit to the value of 25 percent of the cost of their rebooked cruise.”
What To Make Of The Delay?
Scenic Eclipse will be ground-breaking in many regards. It will feature submersibles, helicopters, ultra-luxurious staterooms, multiple lounges and dining venues, and state-of-the-art technology that will enhance stabilization while at anchor and safety. To build such a spectacular vessel is a feat in and of itself. That it is delayed should not come as a big surprise. A couple of years ago, I remodeled a house that way over budget and way beyond the timeline we had projected, and my house, mind you, didn’t have to float or sail – or ensure the safety of a few hundred guests.
Moreover, Scenic Eclipse is not the first new expedition vessel to be delayed this year. Crystal Endeavor, initially scheduled to enter service in August 2018, was pushed back to sometime in 2020 (construction is underway). Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen was scheduled to begin sailing in October 2018. It will sail instead sometime in 2019.
Of course, I feel for those who had booked the first few voyages on Scenic Eclipse, especially those who had booked the mother of all trips, Antarctica. And I feel for Glen Moroney and his hard-working team. I imagine they are more disappointed than anyone. I have witnessed Moroney’s enthusiasm firsthand. In March of 2016, I attended a presentation where he shared his concept for Scenic Eclipse. See Scenic Eclipse: Glen Moroney Tells Us More About His New ‘Discovery Yacht’. His enthusiasm was infectious. Those of us in attendance were awed by the vision Moroney projected through video, images and evangelical zeal about Scenic Eclipse.
Scenic Eclipse’s delay, while unfortunate, gives the shipyard to get things right, and that, I know, is just how Glen Moroney and his team want it to be.