V.Ships Leisure and sister hospitality company, Oceanic Catering have been chosen by Sanya International Cruise Development to undertake the ship and hotel management of ‘Charming’, the former ‘Sea Princess’.
The successful handover of the 2,222 berth vessel took place in Manila earlier this month, which was mainly conducted remotely, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and preventative measures.
This involved close co-operation between V.Ships Leisure’s shoreside team, officers and crew, Sanya International Cruise Development, Princess Cruises and the relevant authorities including class and flag.
Following the handover, implementation of V.Ships Leisure’s plug-and-play platforms began, which included the installation of the electronic Safety Management System (SMS) and the digital platform ShipSure 2.0.
The handover will also provide Sanya with access to V.Ships Leisure’s global crew network to enable the mobilisation of crew, even during the pandemic.
In preparation for the launch of operations in 2021, V.Ships Leisure and Oceanic Catering will work closely with the new operator to develop all aspects of the operation, including the on board hospitality concept and guest experience.
Per Bjornsen, V.Ships Leisure CEO, commented, “Being selected once again to manage the start-up of a cruise line in China highlights our unique capability to manage vessels locally with our highly experienced cruise dedicated team in China.
“Our integrated ship and hotel management partnership model is proving ever more popular as it enables delivery of a unified ship and shore side approach to safety culture and Covid-19 secure operations,” he claimed.