Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:00 AM 16th May 2020

Mini ‘Sub’ Features On Scenic’s New Discovery Yacht

Construction has begun at Croatia’s Rijeka shipyard on Scenic Eclipse II, The Scenic Group’s second ocean going ‘discovery yacht’.

And, for those keen to join the ship when it eventually sets sail round the globe, there’s the promise of a six-guest submarine, two helicopters, 10 dining options and a 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.

The steel cutting of Scenic Eclipse II marks the start of five new custom-built vessels planned for the next six years.

A newly developed company, MKM Yachts, wholly owned by The Scenic Group, will take full responsibility for all new ocean ship builds, starting with the Scenic Eclipse II, a 228-guest ship.

The move demonstrates the confidence the Australian-owned business has in the luxury yacht cruise market in a post Covid-19 world.

Once complete, Scenic Eclipse II will be the sister ship to Scenic Eclipse, voted as the best luxury ship in the world in 2019 following a successful first season sailing six-star luxury cruises through destinations including the Arctic, Antarctica, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

Launched in August 2019 with a christening held in New York City on September 10, 2019 Dame Helen Mirren carried out the honours as the ship’s Godmother.

Sailings across The Scenic Group brands (including Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises) are currently suspended up to 30 June 2020.

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