Hamburg-based Columbia Cruise Services (CCS) has won a contract to manage Club Med’s sailing cruise ship, ‘Club Med 2’.
Club Med has appointed CCS to take on the technical management role, including purchasing, logistics, port operations, crewing and recruitment for the vessel.
‘Club Med 2’, one of the world’s largest motor sailing ships, is owned by Club Med, a French-based tourism company founded in the 1950s.
CCS Managing Director, Olaf Groeger, said: “We are extremely happy to be entrusted by Club Med with the management of the ‘Club Med 2’, a very special and prestigious cruise vessel. Her unique appearance made her an internationally well known tall ship, which adds even further diversity to the CCS fleet. We are very proud to have her and look forward to a successful and growing relationship with Club Med.”
With the world-wide COVID-19 restrictions in place, CCS is currently working on a remote management take-over option in co-operation with the vessel’s class society and her flag administration.
She was built in 1992 by Société Nouvelle des Ach shipyard in Le Havre and completely renovated in 1996. She is a five-masted computer-controlled staysail schooner, operating as a cruise ship.
She has eight decks, six of which are for passenger use, fitted with 184 outside cabins for a total of 392 pax. In addition, there are 200 crew, of which 45 are employed in the deck and engine departments.
During the summer season, ‘Club Med 2’ operates in the Mediterranean and in winter she relocates to the Caribbean.