$6.5m for cruise vessel

TOURISTS and locals travelling to the Mamanuca Group now have an opportunity to travel in style via South Sea Cruises after the company welcomed its newest addition — a $6.5 million vessel expected to boost the frequency of travel.

The vessel, which was commissioned as Tiger V, replaced Tiger IV, according to company CEO Brad Rutherford.

“It’s out of Australia and built with very high standards like any vessel on the Gold Coast,” he said.

He said the vessel’s design had exceeded expectations during its sea trials.

“We have another catamaran called Panther that is coming in September this year and we would like to order another vessel to come in early 2018 as well.

“So these vessels are in line with the times. They’re newer models with modern designs and they’re also fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly and they offer the tourist a much better travel experience.”

Mr Rutherford said this was part of the company’s continuing program to modernise its fleet.

“The vessel that is coming up next, the Panther, costs slightly more than the Tiger V because it has a slightly larger engine in it. The Tiger V will largely service the Mamanuca Group in its operations.

“It hasn’t been surveyed yet but we expect that it will carry well over 200 people.”

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