V.Ships Leisure awarded contract for world’s first discovery yacht – Scenic Eclipse

V.Ships Leisure, part of V.Group, has been awarded a contract by Scenic for the technical and hotel operation management for the world’s first discovery yacht, Scenic Eclipse, which is due to be delivered in August 2018.

The ultra-luxury expedition vessel is under construction at the Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia and is the first ocean vessel for owner Scenic, which operates 22 river cruise ships globally. Technical management for the vessel will be provided by V.Ships Leisure in Monaco and on board will be 50 deck and engine crew along with 106 hotel crew. V.Ships Leisure will also provide itinerary planning and port operation with hotel operation services to be provided by V.Group’s Oceanic Catering business.

Per Bjornsen, V.Ships Leisure director said: “We are delighted to be able to bring our unique experience with start-ups, expedition vessels and the ultra-luxury market to support Scenic in their newest venture. Combining the experience within V.Ships Leisure with the wider V.Group, we are able to provide Scenic with a complete solution for this exciting new venture.”

Scenic chairman Glen Moroney added: “We are looking forward to working closely with V.Ships to deliver an unrivalled discovery experience for our guests. Their experience in expedition ship operations will assist us to ensure a smooth entry into service and the global support our ship’s crew require.”