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Scenic Eclipse completes sea trials

By Rebecca Bradbury | 13 Jun 2019

Scenic Eclipse, the world’s first ‘discovery yacht’, has successfully completed sea trials ahead of its highly-anticipated launch on 15 August.



“It was a real pleasure to take Scenic Eclipse out to sea for the first time,” said Captain James Griffiths of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, who conducted the sea trials off the coast of Pula, Croatia.

“Sea trials are a critical milestone in the construction process as it is the first time all ship systems are operated together and is a key opportunity to confirm the theoretical information from the tank tests and computer modelling. The results from these trials surpassed every expectation.”

Inspired by the sleek contours of a sailing yacht, Scenic Eclipse was custom-built with a commitment to safety and excellence. This is reflected in the ship’s state-of-the-art bridge systems, GPS dynamic positioning system and Polar Class 6 status, which is the highest passenger ice-class rating available.


Other world-class facilities that make the discovery yacht ideal for unrivalled exploration include two six-guest helicopters and Scenic Neptune, a submarine capable of seating six guests.

Now the sea trials are complete, Scenic Eclipse will undergo the final touches to its interior and exterior. The training of onboard teams will take place too, ahead of the ship’s maiden voyage from Reykjavik to Quebec.

“These sea trials confirmed to me how incredibly versatile and powerful the ship’s Azipods are, particularly when coupled with our oversized bow thrusters.

“I was also delighted with how quiet the ship is. She was vibration free and virtually silent during all our trials, exceeding our expectations in terms of stability, manoeuvrability and performance.

“Scenic Eclipse really does manage to combine small ship manoeuvrability with big ship levels of comfort and quietness; it’s quite remarkable to experience,” added Captain Griffiths.

Scenic Eclipse will be followed next year by its sister ship, Scenic Eclipse II.

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