Scenic, the luxury expedition and escorted touring company, has launched Scenic Eclipse, its first luxury yacht, reports Sam Ballard
The 228 passenger vessel comes with two helicopters and a submarine – for optional excursions – as well as ten dining options for its well-heeled guests. It has been built to sail in Polar waters.
The ship also comes with a yoga and Pilates studio as well as a temperature controlled plunge pool. The ship boasts a guest to crew ratio of almost 1:1.
Speaking to ABTA Magazine after a tour of the new ship, Colin Downing, managing director of Scenic UK, said: “You can feel the elements of Scenic as you walk around this ship, but this is definitely Scenic plus. We are traditionally a five star product but this is six star.
“It’s been a challenge from a design point of view because we wanted it to be the best. There are some great six-star products out there and some great expedition products – but no one is doing both.
“We are creating an entirely new category.”
The Scenic Eclipse is the first expedition cruise line in the industry to offer helicopters and submarines on board but will be followed by new mega-yachts from the likes of Crystal, Seabourn and Ritz-Carlton.
In terms of accommodation on board Scenic Eclipse, the Owner’s Penthouse Suite, which is 195 square metres, comes with its own private jacuzzi, personalised mini-bar and in-suite spa treatments.
The ship will be sailing in the Americas before heading to Europe next year.