Scenic has revealed the extraordinary lengths it is going to in order to complete the build of their its flagship vessel.
Scenic Eclipse has been billed as the world’s first discovery yacht, with onboard helicopters and a submarine only part of the six-star luxury offered to just 228 guests.
However, an ongoing dispute at the Ulanik shipyard in Croatia has seen the launch date postponed until April.
At the company’s annual ‘Night of Stars’ event in Sydney last night, agents and industry guests were given an update on the ship, which should have been delivered last August.
Justin Brown, Executive General Manager, read out a statement from Scenic Chairman Glen Moroney, who said the build was progressing well with interior and exterior completion on schedule.
“However, the situation with Ulanik shipyard’s financial challenges remain. This has had an ongoing impact, as we know, on their part of the ship’s commissioning works. Their workers are owed wages and this has resulted in over 14 weeks of lost time due to strike action and other disruptions,” Mr Brown said.
“As many workers are leaving the shipyard, Scenic has set up its own workforce and now directly employs over 100 specialist workers to assist in completing the ship as well as directing more than 500 sub-contractors onboard the ship.
“Scenic now is essentially doing the role of the shipyard. Despite the shipyard’s challenges, the quality of workmanship is exceptional and there are many pleasant surprises in store for our guests.”
The statement revealed that the two helicopters have been delivered and the submarine took its first test dive in December. Mr Moroney promised a further update on the ship’s progress in February.
“The team has been working constantly to ensure that despite the delays the onboard experience will match the standard of the ship.”
The 2018 award winners at the event were:
Scenic State Award Winners
Highest Agency Sales (NSW): Helloworld Miranda
Highest Agency Sales (ACT): Weston Cruise & Travel
Highest Agency Sales (VIC): Helloworld Lower Templestowe
Highest Agency Sales (TAS): Launceston Travel & Cruise Centre
Highest Agency Sales (WA): Sorrento Key Travel & Cruise Centre
Highest Agency Sales (SA): Phil Hoffmann Travel Norwood
Highest Agency Sales (QLD): Helloworld Strathpine
Evergreen State Award Winners
Highest Agency Sales (NSW/ACT): Helloworld Bankstown
Highest Agency Sales (QLD): Fraser Coast Travel Centre
Highest Agency Sales (WA): Bicton Travel
Highest Agency Sales (SA): King William Travel
Highest Agency Sales (VIC/TAS): Helloworld Melton
Highest Sales Single Location Australia-wide: King William Travel
Top National Consultant Award: Elizabeth Davie, Going Places Travel
Sales Development Manager of the Year: Karyn Blenkiron, New Zealand
Scenic National Awards
Highest Agency Sales New Zealand: Midday Travel
Highest Sales Home-Based Australia-wide: TravelManagers
Highest Sales Online Travel Agency Australia-wide: Our Vacation Centre
Highest Sales Single Location Australia-wide: Weston Cruise & Travel
Scenic Top National Consultant Awards
Top National Consultant New Zealand: Evelyn Lee, Midday Travel
Top National Consultant Australia: Kylie Cameron, Helloworld Miranda
American Express Travel, Bicton Travel, Helloworld Miranda, Helloworld Strathpine, Helloworld Winston Hills, Our Vacation Centre, Sorrento Key Travel & Cruise Centre, Tour de Force Travel, Travel Associates Toronto, Weston Cruise & Travel
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