The Scenic Group has reiterated its commitment to building five new cruise ships despite the coronavirus crisis as construction has begun on discovery yacht Scenic Eclipse II.
The steel cutting took place in the Maj 3 shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia, marking the start of the building process of the first of the new ocean vessels – which will be sister ship to Scenic Eclipse (artist’s impression, pictured).
MKM Yachts is to build the Australian firm’s ships over a six-year period.
Scenic Eclipse II will be able to carry 228 guests (limited to 200 in Polar regions), will feature two six-guest helicopters, one six-guest submarine, 10 dining options, indoor and outdoor plunge pools and have a 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.
Glen Moroney, owner and chairman, of The Scenic Group, said: “This heralds an exciting moment for The Scenic Group as we continue to develop our luxury ocean products under both Scenic and Emerald Cruises brands. The entire team is excited to see the project underway and look forward to welcoming guests onboard this magnificent discovery yacht.”
Sailings across The Scenic Group brands, including Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises, are currently suspended up to June 30, 2020.