A Chinese start-up buys Sea Princess; V.Ships Leisure to manage the vessel

The handover of the 2,222-berth ship took place in Manila this week, Per Bjornsen, CEO of V.Ships Leisure, told Seatrade Cruise News.

Mainly remote delivery

The process, mostly remotely due to travel restrictions and preventative measures related to COVID-19, involved close cooperation between the shore team of V. Ships Leisure, officers and crew, SICD, Princess Cruises and competent authorities, including class and flag.

After the handover, the implementation of the plug-and-play platforms of V.Ships Leisure has started, including the installation of the electronic safety management system and the digital platform ShipSure 2.0, said Bjornsen. This system will provide class data, aimed at flawless service delivery to the SICD start-up.

The transfer will also provide the new operator with access to the global V.Ships Leisure crew network enabling crew mobilization, even during the pandemic, to facilitate the transfer, “stressing the capacity and resilience of V.Ships Leisure “, noted Bjornsen.

With a view to launching operations in 2021, V.Ships Leisure and Oceanic Catering will work closely with the client to develop all aspects of the operation, including the concept of onboard hospitality and the guest experience.

Suit Piano Land

Last year V. Ships Leisure was selected to manage Piano Land, the first ship owned by the Chinese company Twinkle Travel Cruise, with its home port in Xiamen.

“Being re-selected to manage a cruise line startup in China highlights our unique ability to manage ships locally with our highly experienced team dedicated to China cruises. Our integrated ship and hotel management partnership model is proving increasingly popular as it enables the establishment of a unified ship and shore approach to safety culture and COVID-19 secure operations “Said Bjornsen.

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