Portuguese Mystic Cruises Orders additional two Polar Expedition Ships - plans a Fleet of 10 Ships -US Sales Office to open in Ft.lauderdale
Mystic Cruises, a brand of Portuguese financial holding Mystic Invest, has ordered two polar expedition vessels from WestSea shipyard, Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
The new order is worth EUR 118 million, according to Martifer, the parent company of the WestSea. The newbuilds will be built based on the Polar Code (Ice class of the Explorer series) and equipped with a hybrid propulsion system.
Each of the ships- 9.300 GT, lenght 126 meters, Breadth 19 meters, Propulsion: 2 x Rolls Royce 9,000 kw hybrid diesel/electric, Speed 16 knots, accommodate 200 passengers and 112 crew members.
Mystic Cruises already has the World Explorer under constructtion, she is scheduled to be launched this November. World Explorer will be chartered out to Quark Expeditions and German Nicko Cruises, a brand of Mystic Invest.
Mystic Invest signed €165m in financing from China's ICBC Leasing—which covers sale-lease deals for three expedition cruise ship newbuilds at WestSea Viana.
ICBC has a large Shipping finance Portfolio and has also financed newbuilds for Silversea Cruises and Viking Cruises.
Mystic Cruises is setting up Sales Offices in Ft. Lauderdale, to promote the cruises in the US.
World Explorer was actually due for delivery around now and should have been headed to Antarctica for a seasonal charter by Quark Expeditions. Instead, it will arrive in April 2019, going directly into a sold-out European season for Germany's Nicko Cruises, owned by Portuguese Mystic Cruises.
Portuguese Businessman Mário Ferreira said he is looking to build a fleet of 10 ships. His German Nicko Cruises has nearly sold out the 2019 Cruise program on World Explorer.
The first cruise according to the Website is scheduled to depart from Porto on 2nd May 2019, for an 8-day Cruise to Palma de Mallorca. From November 3rd 2019 to February 19th, 2020 World Explorer will sail for Quark Expeditions
All drawings Courtesy Mystic Cruises
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