Scenic Eclipse Delayed Further

(5:45 a.m. EST) -- The first sail date for Scenic Eclipse has been delayed by a further three months to 13 April 2019.

Ongoing financial issues at Uljanik shipyard in Croatia and the resultant strike by specialist engine and systems commissioning workers has pushed back the launch of the ultra-luxury expedition ship.

The ship was originally slated to launch this month, but this was pushed back to January next year, forcing the cancellation of 12 sailings, including a repositioning cruise between Europe and the U.S.

A statement from the line read: "Scenic has been in constant contact with the shipyard, workers representatives and the Government to ensure the completion of the ship as soon as possible. Due to those efforts, more than 600 workers are still on board each week day.

"The progress on the ship's interiors and other areas of the final build stage have seen far less impact from the industrial action, and continue to progress at good pace.

"The specialist commissioning team returned to work progressively last week however it will not be possible to catch up the six weeks' time lost due to strikes in this area. Scenic acknowledges the regrettable impact this has on guests and understands their disappointment at this change in sailing date."

The line has contacted passengers to offer a full refund and any other costs associated with their travel plans. Scenic will provide all passengers who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage a future cruise credit to the value of 25 percent of the cost of their rebooked cruise.

--by Adam Coulter, Managing Editor, U.K.