The sister of Scenic Eclipse, the company’s first oceangoing ship that was christened by Dame Helen Mirren in New York in 2019 and billed as ‘the world’s first discovery yacht,’ was expected to enter service this year.
Building at MKM Yachts, part of Maj 3
Work on Scenic Eclipse II is being carried out by MKM Yachts, the group’s own shipyard in Croatia where five polar yachts have been planned.
Moroney said Scenic has taken a sub-concession of part of the Maj 3 shipyard in Rijeka where Scenic Eclipse II’s steel-cutting ceremony was held April 24 last year.
Maj 3 is no longer part of Pula’s bankrupted Uljanik Group which built Scenic Eclipse. The Croatian government is supporting the redevelopment of the shipyard and assisting with the funding of Scenic’s newbuild programme.
Moroney said Maj 3 was to fabricate the sections, erect the hull and place major machinery, while MKM would take over all outfitting after the launch.
In a letter to staff, Moroney said the company, founded in 1986, has faced ‘many challenges’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.
'Resilient and well-resourced'
'We are resilient, well-resourced and will continue to focus on creating world-class luxury cruise and tour experiences,’ he said.
In reply to a request for more information about Scenic’s building programme in Croatia, Moroney said: ‘We have made no formal announcement of any other project at this stage.'