Scenic Eclipse II was officially christened by Godmother NASA Astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan in Málaga, Spain on June 3 alongside Scenic Group owners Glen and Karen Moroney.
Speeches were made by Glen Moroney, President of the Málaga Port Authority Carlos Rubio, who presented a special plaque to Scenic Group Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney, Deputy Minister for Tourism, Mr Victor Gonzalez, and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan.
Dr. Sullivan is an American geologist and oceanographer, and a former NASA astronaut. She is the first American woman to walk in space and a veteran of three shuttle missions.
She also holds the honour of being the first woman to visit the deepest spot in the ocean, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
Dr. Sullivan is also the holder of three Guinness World Records: the first woman to reach the Challenger Deep, the first person to visit space and the deepest point on Earth, and the greatest vertical extent travelled by an individual (within Earth’s exosphere) – thus the title as the “World’s Most Vertical Person.”
Dr. Kathy Sullivan said: “I was so honoured to be asked to be Godmother of Scenic Eclipse II as it was not something I ever expected.
“But now that I have had the opportunity to tour the ship with Glen and Karen Moroney and hear their story and see their vision for travel, I am eager to join her for a sailing.
“Seeing the level of luxury that is possible in what is truly an expedition vessel has me wondering what the Moroneys could do with the rather restrictive confines of the Space Shuttle and the super cramped environment of the submersible we used to dive the Mariana Trench.
“I am touched and honoured to be Scenic Eclipse II’s Godmother.”
Glen Moroney, Founder and Chairman of The Scenic Group said: “It is rare to find anyone who has the list of unprecedented accomplishments achieved by Dr. Kathy Sullivan.
“The depth of her experiences above our planet, and on and below our seas, and her incredible passion for exploration is truly inspiring and is what we feel makes her the perfect representation of our newest Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht.
“Although we are not able to duplicate some of her more extreme adventures – yet – we do believe that Scenic Eclipse II offers our guests exploration possibilities unlike any in the industry. We are so honored to have Dr. Sullivan as the Godmother of Scenic Eclipse II and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”
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