Scenic is continuing to count down to the debut of its first Discovery Yacht, the Scenic Eclipse, with the release of new details on the new luxury cruise ship’s onboard submarine, the Scenic Neptune U Boat Worx Cruise Submarine 7.
Capable of diving to depths of up to 984 feet, the submarine has been custom-built for marine sightseeing. Strategically placed components and the use of an ultra-clear acrylic hull will provide guests with unobstructed views of the surrounding underwater landscape and wildlife. The submarine is also designed to meet international noise standards, and to provide maximum headroom and legroom while keeping its overall weight and size to a minimum. There is also internal climate control and a surround sound music system.
The submarine design consists of a three-person pod on the front and at the back of the sub for a total of six guests plus the pilot, who is located behind the guests. The seats are mounted on a platform that can swivel 180 degrees, so the guests are able to see both sides of the submarine. Strong exterior lights will allow guests to take in the colors and details of wrecks and other underwater sights.
The Scenic Eclipse, which is set to launch in January 2019, is being built to a Polar Class 6 ice rating – the highest possible – for expedition itineraries in destinations including the Russian Arctic, the Northwest Passage, Southern Greenland, Alaska and more. Other features aimed at expedition cruising include large zero-speed stabilizer fins for improved stability, as well as “Safe Return to Port” capabilities that will allow essential systems to remain operational in case of an incident.
The ship will have a capacity of 228 passengers in 114 suites, all of which will have a private verandah and lounge. Other amenities will include a near 1:1 guest to staff ratio, a theatre, spa, butler service for all guests, 10 dining experiences and eight bars and lounges. The new ship will be joined by a sibling vessel, the Scenic Eclipse II, in 2020.