MS Berlin comes under V.Ships Leisure management

Thursday, February 27 - 2014

FTI Cruises has selected V.Ships Leisure as the new operator for technical management and port operations for the MS BERLIN.

Alexander Gessl, FTI Cruises Managing Director said: "V.Ships offers us excellent technical expertise as well as their economies of scale in sales. The company has a great know-how which will help us improve in this increasingly competitive environment,"

Aside from the entire technical operations of the ship, V.Ships Leisure will also be taking over the nautical, port planning, technical procurement, as well as the insurance areas for FTI Cruises.

By outsourcing these operative departments to V.Ships Leisure, the worldwide largest supplier of management suppliers for cruise operators, FTI Cruises are now free to focus on their core business segments.

"We want to build a mutually benefiting lasting relationship with our new customer with our high-quality services," said Costas Kontes, Business Development Manager, V.Ships Leisure in Greece who was instrumental in us being awarded of this contract. "We are very happy to have won the confidence of yet another independent German cruise operator as a customer in addition to Phoenix Reisen and Plantours, added Per Bjornsen, Commercial Director of V.Ships Leisure

The 400+ passenger capacity MS BERLIN is currently undergoing a technical overhaul in Chalkida, Greece and will begin cruising again on the 29th of March 2014.

FTI Cruises, parent company, FTI GROUP is the fourth largest travel operator in Germany. Headquartered in Munich, the FTI GROUP employs about 3,500 staff worldwide and achieved sales volumes of 2.1 billion Euros in the fiscal year 2012/13.

For further information contact Per Bjornsen, V.Ships Leisure Commercial Director -
Phone: (00377) 9205 1010