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(05 June 2023) Scenic Eclipse II was named in Malaga on Saturday 3rd June 2023 by Godmother former NASA astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan in the company of Scenic Group owners Glen and Karen Moroney.

The port was decorated for the occasion with the evening sun beaming down on guests. Speeches were made by Glen Moroney and Dr. Sullivan, as well as president of Málaga Port Authority Carlos Rubio – who presented Glen Moroney with a special plaque to mark the occasion – and deputy minister for tourism Victor Gonzalez.

About Godmother Dr Kathy Sullivan

‘It is rare to find anyone who has the list of unprecedented accomplishments achieved by Dr. Kathy Sullivan,’ suggested Glen Moroney, founder and chairman, Scenic Group. ‘The depth of her experiences above our planet, and on and below our seas, and her incredible passion for exploration is truly inspiring and is what we feel makes her the perfect representation of our newest Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht.’

He mused, ‘Although we are not able to duplicate some of her more extreme adventures – yet – we do believe that Scenic Eclipse II offers our guests exploration possibilities unlike any in the industry. We are so honoured to have Dr. Sullivan as the godmother of Scenic Eclipse II and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.’

Sullivan is an American geologist and oceanographer, and a former NASA astronaut. She is the first American woman to walk in space and a veteran of three shuttle missions. Sullivan also holds the honour of being the first woman to visit the deepest spot in the oceans, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

‘I was so honored to be asked to be godmother of Scenic Eclipse II as it was not something I ever expected,’ remarked Sullivan during the naming ceremony. ‘But now that I have had the opportunity to tour the ship with Glen and Karen Moroney, and hear their story and see their vision for travel, I am eager to join her for a sailing.’


Adding a little humour, she said, ‘Seeing the level of luxury that is possible in what is truly an expedition vessel has me wondering what the Moroneys could do with the rather restrictive confines of the Space Shuttle and the super cramped environment of the submersible we used to dive the Mariana Trench. I am touched and honoured to be Scenic Eclipse II’s Godmother.’

Scenic Eclipse was introduced in 2019 with sister ship Scenic Eclipse II joining the fleet in 2023.

Introducing Scenic Eclipse II

The Scenic Eclipse II, the sister ship of the Scenic Eclipse I,  continues to take ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying 6-star luxury, discovery and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable.

Scenic Eclipse II is a 168 metre “ice-strengthened expedition mega-yacht” that was built in Rijeka, Croatia.

This new ship will house 228 guests and 176 crew across an impressive 10 decks. Scenic has made every effort to ensure that this new vessel lives up to the reputation of its sister-ship — Scenic Eclipse which launched in 2019.

Scenic Eclipse II Features

Scenic Eclipse II has been designed with every detail in mind, ensuring it is as luxurious and well-equipped as possible for its guests.

The yacht boasts two helipads, an infinity pool, panoramic windows throughout, and a host of exciting amenities including a massage room, beauty salon and fitness suite.

On board, you can also find 10 exquisite dining venues offering world-class cuisine, as well as six bars and lounges—making it one of the most luxurious yachts to ever sail the seas.

The ship also features an extensive range of activities, from scuba diving and kayaking to submarine expeditions. Yes, you heard that correctly—guests of this new vessel will have access to the custom-built Scenic Neptune submarine that is capable of descending up to 300m.

Cruise Vacations are the officially appointed General Sales Agents in Africa for Scenic Cruises. Managing Director Gaynor Galbraith Neill said “2023 marks our 10th Anniversary of representing Scenic in Africa, we are thrilled to watch the progress and growth of this phenomenal company and cannot wait to send passengers from South Africa and the African Continent to experience this incredible new yacht – Scenic Eclipse II”  To celebrate the launch Cruise Vacations are offering 50% off select 2023 sailings.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 35-year plus history to include award-winning river and ocean cruises and handcrafted land journeys that take guests to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Since 2008, Scenic has set the benchmark for truly all-inclusive, luxury five-star river cruises in Europe and Southeast Asia as well as luxury cruises on Russia’s Volga River on board Scenic Tsar and on Egypt’s Nile on board a private luxury charter. In 2019, Scenic introduced Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht™, a 228-guest ultra-luxury ship, and plans to deliver a second yacht, Scenic Eclipse II, in 2023. Scenic is part of Scenic Group, which includes Emerald Cruises, Mayflower Cruises & Tours and Evergreen Tours.

Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents through Scenic’s offical General Sales Agency in South Africa,  Cruise Vacations.   Cruise Vacations and will be handling all reservations for African clientele on Scenic Eclipse II.

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