Cruise ships are changing hands so quickly in 2020 due to the pandemic that it’s hard to keep up. The latest news is that the 1000-guest Vasco da Gama, bought in 2018 by the Cruise & Maritime Voyages company (CMV – sadly now gone) has been acquired by the Portuguese cruise company Mystic Cruises.
Mystic has bought the ship at auction in the UK, where the ship is still berthed at the Port of Harwich. The acquisition marks a commitment by Mystic to expand it’s small-ship focused global fleet. Currently docked at the Port of Tilbury, it is suggested that the ship will serve both the British and German markets, adding some excitement at NoFlyCruises HQ that we may see some ex-uk voyages in the future, as with her previous operator CMV.
For those unfamiliar with Mystic Cruises, they currently own a number of cruise brands including Atlas Ocean Voyages which operates MS World Explorer (launched in 2019) and the MS World Voyager (Not yet in service) and Nicko River Cruises that has recently began marketing in the UK and offers no fly river cruising by rail.