Swan Hellenic’s project to revive the iconic brand has been supported by V.Ships Leisure from the outset with its team already on site at Helsinki Shipyard, supervising the construction of the ships – two 152 guest PC 5 ice-class vessels debuting in November 2021 and April 2022 and a larger 192 guest PC 6 ice-class ship arriving year-end 2022.
With tailored training capabilities for hospitality staff and technical crew, 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.
Swan Hellenic will also benefit from the Oceanic Hospitality Training Centre to perfect the service and hospitality experience on board prior to completion of its ships, utilising 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 and will be supplemented by V.Ships Leisure’s eLearning platform, which promotes continued learning and development at each 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.’
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.’