As the cruise sector gears up for recovery, we profile some of the world’s most impressive vessels, starting with Scenic Eclipse
Scenic Eclipse launched in September 2019 – a year after its planned arrival, due to issues with the shipyard where it was being built. But boy, it was worth the wait. When it finally emerged on New York’s Hudson River – with godmother Dame Helen Mirren quayside, ready to smash the bottle – a new dawn in cruising arrived.
Wow factor: This is Scenic’s first foray into ocean cruising and the ‘discovery yacht’ is unlike any other super-luxury ship in terms of design and green credentials. Much has been made of the two helicopters and submarine onboard Eclipse, and understandably so. These James Bond-style features set the ship apart from all its competitors and take excursions to the next level.
Accommodation: The ship has capacity for 228 passengers, which drops to 200 in polar regions. All 114 suites have balconies and there are four suite grades. Polished black marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling TV screens are particularly nice features. It also has a GPS positioning system, meaning there’s no need for an anchor to be dropped on the seabed.
Book it: Scenic Eclipse is currently taking bookings for 2022 and prices start from AED10,890 for the eight-day European voyage ‘Gems of the Danube’, sailing from Munich to Budapest.
For more information, visit scenic.co.uk
Reviewed by Amie Keeley