Ultra-swanky cruise ship, submarine included, is on Charleston’s port schedule

Ultra-swanky cruise ship, submarine included, is on Charleston’s port schedule (Source Post and Courier)

A sleek new cruise ship billed as one of the world’s most luxurious — complete with helicopters and a submarine for use by its pampered passengers — is scheduled to dock at the Port of Charleston next year.

The Scenic Eclipse will pull into Union Pier Terminal on Oct. 6 as part of a 10-day cruise that departs New York on Sept. 29 and winds up in Nassau in the Bahamas on Oct. 8.

The trip will “trace U.S. history from the arrival of the British through the American Revolution,” according to the cruise line’s website. Prices range from $6,995 to $27,695 per passenger.

The $230 million Eclipse was supposed to launch in January but delays at the Croatian shipyard where it’s being built have pushed the first sailing to April.

The Eclipse is designed to carry just 228 guests in 114 all-veranda suites with a 1-to-1 guest-to-staff ratio.

Dubbed a “luxury discovery yacht,” it will have two helicopters and a six-seater sub called Scenic Neptune, allowing passengers to get close-up views of submerged ruins in Greece, colorful reef life in the Caribbean and penguins, seals and walruses in clear polar waters, according to the cruise line.

 

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