With a ceremonial wave & a few blessing words, the World’s First Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse, was christened by the talented English actor (one of the few to receive a Triple Crown in Acting) Dame Helen Mirren.

Scenic Eclipse was officially christened overnight (almost a month after launching) in New York City where it concluded its maiden voyage from Reykjavík Iceland.

Pier 88 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal played host to the history-making event, while Dame Mirren starred as the ever-important (in the world of cruising) Godmother.

Accompanied by her husband and award-winning director Taylor Hackford, Dame Mirren had a glimpse at the new-concept expedition ship before breaking the ceremonial bottle of champagne against the hull.

Some 350 people, including Scenic’s Chairman and Founder Glen Moroney, watched on as Dame Mirren bestowed a traditional blessing of safekeeping over all those that sail in her.

“Thrilled” was Godmother Mirren to take on the role, especially after having “stepped onboard and seen the level of design detail and technology”.

“She is an exceptional cruising experience, and I’m honoured to have christened her. I wish her crew and guests many years of sailing adventures and discovery.”

Dame Helen Mirren



Scenic says Scenic Eclipse was designed to ‘deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime’ to its 228 guests (200 in Polar regions).

The vessel has 114 all-verandah suites ranging in size from 32 m² to 247 m²; and 10 dining options from Asian Fusion to French fine dining, Chef’s Table to a poolside buffet.

It has a 550 m² SENSES spa with latest technology-equipped gym and a separate yoga and Pilates studio.

There’s also two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine Scenic Neptune capable of depths of nearly 200m. Plus guests will appreciate the state-of-the-art theatre for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.

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