Scenic has celebrated the official christening of its new Discovery Yacht, the Scenic Eclipse, in New York City. Travel Agent’s cruise editor, Susan J. Young, was on hand to tour the ship; her photos are in the slideshow above.
Dame Helen Mirren served as godmother to the new vessel during the christening ceremony, which took place following its inaugural voyage from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Pier 88, Manhattan Cruise Terminal, in New York City. Dame Mirren was joined by her husband, Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford, and welcomed onboard by the ship’s co-owners, Glen and Karen Moroney.
The new ship has a capacity of 228 guests, dropping to 200 for itineraries in the Arctic and Antarctica, in 114 all-verandah suites. The ship also has 10 dining options, including Asian Fusion, French fine dining, a chef’s table and a poolside buffet, as well as a Senses Spa with a gym and a separate yoga and Pilates studio. Also onboard are two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine capable of reaching depths of nearly 1,000 feet, plus a theater for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest to staff ratio.
The ship also incorporates zero-speed stabilizer fins that Scenic said are 50 percent larger than standard, giving the ship greater stability by cutting its roll by more than 85 percent. The vessel is built to a Polar Class 6 ice rating, the highest possible for a passenger ship, and it also has redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing environmental impact and enhancing safety during Zodiac operations.