The launch of Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht, has been delayed until late January 2019. The ship was originally scheduled to debut on 31 August.

According to Scenic founder and chairman, Glen Moroney, construction issues within the shipyard in Croatia have caused delay.

“Despite the best efforts of our Scenic Eclipse Build Supervision Team to make up construction time, we are not prepared to compromise the quality of the vessel and potentially impact guest experiences to meet the original late August launch date,” he said.

“Scenic will provide guests with a full refund of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with travel plans.”

The cruise line has also pledged to contact travel partners with customers affected by the delay as a matter of priority.

“We recognise the inconvenience this will cause agents and their clients and in addition to the full refund, the Scenic team are committed to working closely with agents and their clients to reschedule their trip to a suitable time for travel within the next two years.

“Scenic will also provide all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage during this time a future cruise credit to the value of 25 per cent of the cost of their rebooked cruise, and agent commission will be protected on all affected bookings,” confirmed Moroney.