(4.00 p.m. AEST) – Scenic has announced the appointment of Academy Award winner Dame Helen Mirren as the Godmother for Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht. New York City has been chosen as the site for the ship’s christening on 10 September 2019.

“Scenic Eclipse is a unique ship that requires an equally unique person to act in this role,” said Glen Moroney, Founder and Chairman of Scenic. “We are delighted to welcome Helen Mirren as Scenic Eclipse Godmother - her style, beauty and spirit of adventure are true to those embodied in the design and ethos of Scenic Eclipse. Combined with the international acclaim as one of the world’s finest actresses, Helen Mirren makes the perfect Godmother to preside over the ship”

Helen Mirren added “I am very honoured to have been chosen as the Godmother to such a beautiful vessel as Scenic Eclipse. She will have many adventures and a wonderful life as she transports her guests in immaculate style and great safety to beautiful places.”

As a traditional maritime role, the Godmother plays an important part within the ship’s christening ceremony and is responsible for the breaking of the champagne bottle against the ship’s hull. Many royal figures, actors, sports personalities and other persons of note have acted as a Godmother.

Scenic Eclipse has 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 32 square metres to 247 square metres, 10 dining options, a spa with a gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio, two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine, a theatre for entertainment and lectures, and indoor and outdoor plunge pools.

The maiden voyage of the luxury vessel is scheduled for 15 August 2019 and will depart Reykjavik, Iceland on a 13-night discovery sailing, ending in Quebec on 27 August.