INTREPID Group has chartered the MS Panorama II motor sailer from Variety Cruises to operate a season of voyages in Southeast Asia for its Peregrine Adventure Cruising brand, CW can reveal.
The new Asia program, hinted at earlier this year by Intrepid Group ceo James Thornton (CW 07 Mar), will be unveiled in Nov and will tap into the burgeoning market after a successful launch season in Croatia this year.
The seven charters operated at 95% occupancy & gave Thornton the confidence to broaden the scope of next year’s adventure cruising range, increasing to nine Croatia departures and adding Greece, Spain & Portugal, Iceland & Costa Rica/Panama to the mix.
Each of the sailings is based on a charter of a Variety Cruises boat with a capacity of around 50 pax.
Peregrine Adventures Cruising is pitched as a “disruptor” to the market, focussed on value and “destination immersion” rather than on a ship’s facilities.
Thornton said Variety Cruises’ four-star yachts and boats, with a capacity of 31-49 guests, were the ideal product for Peregrine.
“For us it’s about the immersive experience of getting off & seeing the sights, having a BBQ on the beach, sampling the local cuisine, drinking by the harbour.”
Thornton told Cruise Weekly the PAC program was closely aligned with Intrepid’s sustainability ethos, with pax spending their money ashore, instead of aboard a “mammoth” cruise ship.
He explained Peregrine Adv Cruising’s operational “sweet spot” was for a maximum of 50 pax, pricing at $500 per day.
The 2018/19 Asia program will incorporate cruises to Thailand, the Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Vietnam & Cambodia, Thornton told Cruise Weekly yesterday.
“Variety Cruises are going to relocate a ship for us to charter throughout the season, which will be around four to five months”.