V.Ships Leisure, together with sister catering brand Oceanic, have been awarded the ship and hotel management contract for Swan Hellenic’s three newbuilding cultural expedition cruise ships.
Swan Hellenic’s project to revive the brand has been supported by V.Ships Leisure from the start with a team already on site at the Helsinki Shipyard, supervising the construction of the fleet to ensure rigorous standards are implemented throughout each vessel, the company said.
This contract gives Swan Hellenic access to seafarers of the highest calibre across the globe, the company claimed. With tailored training capabilities for hospitality staff and technical crew alike, V.Ships Leisure and Oceanic will support the development of Swan Hellenic’s on board teams to ensure guests’ safety and satisfaction during their voyages.
Moreover, Swan Hellenic can now benefit from the Oceanic Hospitality Training Centre to perfect the service and hospitality experience on board prior to completion of its ships, using the centre’s mock galley, restaurant, bar and suite.
V.Ships Leisure’s bridge and engine simulators will also be used to train the marine and technical crew in line with Swan Hellenic’s commitment to always providing a safe environment of the highest standard for guests.
This comprehensive training package will be supplemented by V.Ships Leisure’s eLearning platform, which promotes continued learning and development at a seafarer’s own pace.
Announcing the partnership, Swan Hellenic’s CEO, Andrea Zito, commented: “V.Ships Leisure and Oceanic were the obvious choice for Swan Hellenic with their proven start-up experience, including in the expedition and luxury sectors. We are excited to be working closely with their team and are confident that together we will deliver an outstanding guest experience on our amazing ships.”
Per Bjornsen, V.Ships Leisure’s CEO, added: “We are grateful for the trust placed in us by Swan Hellenic and thrilled to be involved in the revival of such an extraordinary brand. Our teams are working in close partnership across the comprehensive range of services agreed, from newbuilding supervision through to the fine details of high-level hospitality provision and everything in between.
”Swan Hellenic’s investment to ensure it benefits from best-in-class seafarers, crew training and resilient operational support demonstrates its unwavering commitment to providing an outstanding guest experience in a safe environment,” he said.