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Published on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Building work starts on second Scenic discovery yacht

Construction has begun on Scenic Eclipse II, the second discovery yacht from The Scenic Group.

The Australian-owned business, which has cancelled all sailings until at least June 30, said the move demonstrates its confidence in the luxury yacht cruise market in a post Covid-19 world.

The steel cutting of Scenic Eclipse II marks the first build of five new custom-built vessels planned for the next six years across the group.

The brand-new 228-guest (200 in Polar regions) Scenic Eclipse II will feature two six-guest helicopters, one six-guest submarine, 10 dining options, indoor and outdoor plunge pools and a one-to-one guest-to-staff ratio.

Glen Moroney, owner and Chairman The Scenic Group, said: "This heralds an exciting moment for The Scenic Group as we continue to develop our luxury ocean products under both Scenic and Emerald Cruises brands.The entire team is excited to see the project underway and look forward to welcoming guests onboard this magnificent discovery yacht."

A newly-developed company, MKM Yachts, wholly owned by The Scenic Group, will now take full responsibility for all new ocean ship builds starting with the construction of Scenic Eclipse II.

MKM Yachts confirmed an agreement with the Croatian Government to commence shipbuilding operations in a dedicated separate section of the existing Maj 3 Shipyard in Rijeka.

"This outcome has been the result of a massive effort by our entire Croatian team, and in particular, our new Managing Director of MKM Yachts, Sasa Cokljat," said Moroney.

"The Croatian Government has committed to supporting the redevelopment of the shipyard and assist in the funding of our new building program, which will comprise~five custom built vessels over the next six years. All vessels will be of the highest 6-star standard with the ability to navigate the polar regions."

MKM Yachts will take over a portion of Rijeka's shipyard and use existing infrastructure and knowledge of Croatian shipbuilders, working in collaboration with Scenic's expert team.

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