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Scenic pulls out the stops to ensure April Eclipse

Workers hired to ensure flagship vessel is delivered

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


Diamond Awards

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


Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 19 January 2019

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