V.Group’s division V.Ships Leisure is set to provide crew management services, including deck, engine, and hotel crew for Mystic Cruises’ 9,300 GRT ice-classed World Explorer vessel.

Under the final stages of construction at WestSea Viana Shipyard in Portugal, World Explorer is the first in a planned series of up to ten expedition vessels for Mystic Cruises.

Mystic Cruises intends to operate the vessels with various charterers and directly through its new office located in the US.

The vessel will be delivered to Mystic Cruises in the second quarter of this year. It will be the company’s first newbuild expedition vessel featuring innovative hybrid power management technology.

Mystic Cruises CEO Mário Ferreira said: “We decided to partner with V.Ships Leisure due to its proven track record in the cruise market.

“We are also confident in the team’s capability to meet our various and demanding crew management needs.”

“We are also confident in the team’s capability to meet our various and demanding crew management needs, and to provide us with relevant access to a world-leading independent crew network and world-class systems.”

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World Explorer will have a capacity to accommodate 200 passengers and will be on charter to Nicko Cruises during the summer and to Quark Expeditions during the Antarctica season.

V.Ships Leisure director Per Bjornsen said: “We are delighted to partner with Mystic Cruises and look forward to leveraging our unique experience and expertise with start-ups and expedition vessels to support the company as it welcomes its first ocean-going newbuild.”

“The award of the Mystic Cruises contract demonstrates how V.Group’s scale and flexibility allow us to compete and win across any region or sector.”