Viking goes digital Scenic Eclipse delayed once again
VIKING Cruises has released the first issue of its new digital magazine, Viking Explorer Society News.
The 51-page publication, which is distributed to Viking’s past guests via email, takes a detailed look at the company’s latest cruise itineraries, also offering up a series of destination features, recipes, and special offers curated especially for Viking Explorer Society members.
“This digital magazine is a great way for us to keep our valued guests up-to-date with what’s happening,” said Michelle Black, MD, Aus/NZ.
A FURTHER seven departures of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ highly anticipated Scenic Eclipse have been cancelled due to issues at the Croatian shipyard where the groundbreaking vessel is being constructed.
Late yesterday Scenic confirmed that the first sailing date for Eclipse had been amended to 13 Apr 2019 “due to the continuing financial issues at Uljanik shipyard and the resultant strike by specialist engine and systems commissioning workers”.
Although progress on the ship’s interiors and other areas of the final build stage is proceeding apace, six weeks of time has been lost and “it will not be possible to catch up,” Scenic said.
Affected guests will receive a full refund of the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and “consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with their travel plans”.
Any who rebook an Eclipse voyage by 31 Mar 2019 will also receive a future cruise credit to the value of 25% of the cost of the rebooked cruise.
It’s the second time the ship has been delayed ( CW 05 Jul 2018), with the inaugural voyage initially planned for late Aug pushed back until the end of Jan 2019.
This latest issue means the ship is anticipated to set sail nine months later than expected.
“Scenic acknowledges the regrettable impact this has on guests and understands their disappointment at this change in sailing date,” the company said.
Scenic said it had begun reaching out to impacted guests and their travel agents to provide details on refunding and rebooking processes.