Long Term Lease For Explorer II

Ana Figueroa The UK-based All Leisure Group, which owns the mv Discovery and Voyages of Discovery (operating as Discovery World Cruises in North America), has announced that it will be leasing the Explorer II (formerly the Minerva operated by Swan Hellenic and Saga Pearl), on a long-term basis. The compa

By: Ana Figueroa

The UK-based All Leisure Group, which owns the mv Discovery and Voyages of Discovery (operating as Discovery World Cruises in North America), has announced that it will be leasing the Explorer II (formerly the Minerva operated by Swan Hellenic and Saga Pearl), on a long-term basis. The company already offers destination-driven cruises aboard the 650-passenger mv Discovery.

“We have identified a gap in the market place for the type of quality, destination-intensive itineraries and small ship experience that the Explorer II can offer and this was an opportunity not to be missed,” said Roger Allard, chairman of All Leisure Group.



Allard added, “She is an ideal ship for Antarctica where she has built up an enviable reputation with partners such Abercrombie & Kent, which will continue to be responsible for the expedition program and operations.”



In the summer, Explorer II will operate under the Voyages of Discovery/Discovery World Cruises brand to destinations that include Southern Africa, the Red and Black Seas, Libya, the Mediterranean, the Norwegian Fjords, the Arctic, Canada, the US Eastern Seaboard and South America.



The Explorer II will undergo a soft refurbishment program before going into service with Voyages of Discovery/Discovery World Cruises.



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