Arctic Cruise Line is another expedition cruise hopeful, but its chief executive has lifelong knowledge of Greenland.
Yet another new expedition cruise start-up is looking at launching operations in the next few years, this time boasting a chief executive who has lifelong experience of living in Greenland.
Arctic Cruise Line has a ship design that is ready to go, Cruise Industry News reports, and it hopes to be on the water by 2021, according to CEO Gert Brask, who also heads the Greenland-based start-up airline Arctic Airways.
The entrepreneur has an extensive background in the fishing business, knowledge he wants to use in the fast-growing expedition cruise sector. He is planning to complete soon a financing package on the first of two 200-guest polar-class vessels.
“We have the drawings and general arrangement done, and now we are talking to shipyards, investors and other partners,” Brask tells Cruise Industry News. “There are some good yards out there with availabilities.”
Brask thinks the initial two-ship order could quickly be eclipsed as the fleet grows quickly – to five ships – in the space of a couple of years.
Where “no one else has been”
Arctic Cruise Line would be a premium-level product, and Brask claims his company would set itself apart from the intense competition by doing things differently, exploring new parts of the Arctic “to places no one else has been”.
“We can offer sailings eight months of the year in the Arctic,” he says. “We want to offer so many things and be different from the other operators up there, from heli-skiing to fishing.”
Arctic Cruise Line, which has offices in Greenland and Denmark, is looking for a vessel management firm to work with and is aiming for a worldwide passenger base.