Scenic Eclipse, the world’s first Discovery Yacht, unveiled a first look at the technology and interior of its custom-designed Scenic Neptune submarine, which is built for sightseeing and capable of diving to a depth of 980 ft. with precise and responsive maneuverability.
“Guests will embark on an awe-inspiring adventure to the underwater world. Volcanic pinnacles, sheer walls, majestic wrecks, a wide diversity of marine life and beautiful reefs lie waiting to be discovered,” said Scenic Neptune pilot Remy Izendooren in press materials. “The world has many spectacular dive sites waiting for us to explore, from sunken wrecks and vibrant tropical reefs to a sea floor teeming with life in Antarctica.”
Some key features and capabilities of the Scenic Neptune include:
- Up to eight dives per day at speeds of up to three knots.
- Scenic Neptune’s acrylic spheres are constructed from a material which has the same refraction index as seawater, therefore it visually disappears underwater, providing guests with an open viewing field that nearly encircles them.
- Internal climate control and a surround sound music system form part of the submarine’s detailing, along with a guest-focused structure to facilitate ease of boarding and disembarking.
- The design consists of 3-person sphere glass pods on the front and at the back of the submarine, allowing for six guests plus the pilot. The seats are mounted on platforms that swivel 280 degrees to allow near panoramic viewing without the need to turn the submarine.
- Strong exterior lights will showcase the details of wrecks and other underwater sights.
- Multiple safety features are incorporated at every stage and include features such as automatically resurfacing in the unlikely event of a power outage.
Scenic Neptune activities are dependent upon conditions, incur additional costs, and are subject to availability. The first sailing of Scenic Eclipse with the Scenic Neptune will be Aug. 15, 2019 on an Iceland & Atlantic Canada sailing from Reykjavik to Quebec, followed by sailings down the eastern seaboard of North America.