Godmother Dame Helen Mirren was welcomed on board Scenic Eclipse, the newest ship from Scenic, for its official christening in New York yesterday.

Helen Mirren with the ship’s co-owners Glen and Karen Moroney and Scenic Eclipse Captain James Griffiths

“I was thrilled to be invited to take on the role of Scenic Eclipse godmother, even more so now I have stepped aboard and seen the level of design and technology that have gone into her creation,” said Dame Helen Mirren.

“She is an exceptional cruising experience, and I’m honoured to have christened her. I wish the crew and guests many years of sailing adventures and discovery.”

Joined by her husband, director Taylor Hackford, the award-winning actress christened the ship dockside by breaking the ceremonial bottle of champagne against the hull and bestowing the traditional blessing of safekeeping over all those who sail on board.

“It was an honour to welcome Helen and Taylor on board and to share with them our vision and passion which together with the dedication and talent of the Scenic team has created an experience which has set a brand new bench mark in the discovery cruising, said Glen Moroney, Chairman and Founder of Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours.

Scenic Eclipse arrived in New York City after undertaking its maiden voyage from Reykjavík, Iceland.

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Reflecting the ship’s stylish and exclusive ethos, the official naming ceremony was attended by over 350 global media, agents and VIPs.

Designed to take cruising to a whole new level, she ‘Discovery Yacht’ marries luxury and adventure with the ultimate in sustainability.

Highlights include 114 all-veranda suites, an array of dining options, a large Senses Spa with a gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio, two six-guest helicopters and a six-guest submarine Scenic Neptune, and indoor and outdoor plunge pool.

Among the ship’s innovative technological features are cutting edge zero-speed stabilizer fins, the highest passenger ship ice class rating available (Polar Class ) and a GPS dynamic position system allowing for stationing positioning without an anchor to reduce environmental impact.

For more information, visit scenic.co.uk.