Scenic Eclipse launch now August; Scenic forms jv with Uljanik’s new owners

Work is proceeding with the ultra-luxurious expedition yacht Scenic Eclipse at the Uljanik Shipyard Work is proceeding with the ultra-luxurious expedition yacht Scenic Eclipse at the Uljanik Shipyard

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours announced the launch of its long-awaited Scenic Eclipse luxury expedition yacht has been amended to August 15 — almost 12 months after its initially planned debut.

Financial problems and disruptions at the Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia where Scenic Eclipse is being built caused the delays, with Scenic stepping in and employing cruise ship specialists from Finland, Italy, the UK and Norway to keep the build moving as quickly as possible.

New consortium owns Uljanik

The future looks much brighter now for the Croatian builder as on February 7 a consortium comprised of the Croatian DIV group and Italy’s Fincantieri was confirmed as the new owner of Uljanik.

Scenic says it is 'confident that the new owners will bring stability and focus to current and future ship builds.’

As a result, Scenic Group chairman Glen Moroney said he has signed a letter of intent with the new consortium to form a joint venture to design and manage the expansion of its revolutionary discovery yacht fleet.

‘We are very hopeful that the financial challenges faced by the shipyard over the last 18 months will now end and the yard can focus on completion of Scenic Eclipse,’ Moroney said.

Next generation of Scenic's discovery yachts

This new joint venture will be fully focused on completing Scenic Eclipse and on expediting the build of Scenic Eclipse II, as well as progressing development of the next generations of discovery yachts.

The expanded Scenic team has taken over the lead role in completing the ship with in excess of 115 directly-employed specialists in cooperation with the shipyard’s remaining management team and more than 500 subcontractors.

Scenic has committed to providing passengers a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with their travel plans. In addition, Scenic will provide all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage a future cruise credit to the value of 25% of the cost of their rebooked cruise.

Posted 12 February 2019

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Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent