In late April, Scenic Eclipse was taken undertow to Lenac shipyard in Croatia as part of scheduled dry dock. She remained in dry dock for approximately 10 days during which standard works were conducted including degreasing and high-pressure washing of the hull, the application of final anti-corrosive coats and the final inspection processes before dry dock flooding and return to Uljanik shipyard for final preparations leading to sea trials in June and launch on August 15, 2019.
Guests aboard Scenic Eclipse’s first sailing, beginning August 15, 2019, will enjoy an Icelandic & Atlantic Canadian exploration, sailing from Reykjavik to Quebec. The ship then heads down the eastern seaboard of North America, and takes in the Caribbean, and Central and South America, before spending several months showcasing its expedition credentials in the Antarctica region.
The ship has 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 345 ft² to 2,659 ft²; 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.
And then there is the technology: 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.
The minute-long video shows off the ship as it is moved into position: Scenic Eclipse Heads to Drydock: