Glacier Bay Cruise Line Re-Launches the MV Executive Explorer
Built at Nichols Brothers Shipyard in 1982 the high-speed catamaran mini-cruise vessel MV Executive Explorer will be back at work in Alaska following a major upgrade. Laid up in 2001 after the downturn in tourism that followed the events of 9/11, the 104x36.75-foot aluminum vessel has been repowered with a pair of Cummins KTA38 M2 engines each delivering 1350 HP (1007 kW) at 1900 RPM through ZF 4540 gears with 3.04:1 reduction to conventional propellers.
With accommodation for 49 passengers in 24 staterooms, the vessel will be the only overnight-configured high-speed catamaran in operating in Southeast Alaska. After an eleven-day inside passage relocation cruise departing from Seattle on April 27, the boat will maintain a seven-day cruise cycle through the summer visiting nine Southeast Alaskan ports on each cruise.
"We’re excited to re-introduce the MV Executive Explorer into our fleet,"" said Brian McKiernan, director of business development and corporate communications for Glacier Bay Cruiseline. "Like all of our vessels, the MV Executive Explorer provides an exclusive platform to enjoy Alaskan cruising up-close, but moreover, this vessel adds speed and a unique yacht style to small-ship cruising which will appeal to those guests wanting more ports and amenities."
With three decks for accommodation in addition to the twin hulls and a top sundeck, the 98 gt US Coast Guard certified vessel will cruise at 16 knots.
For further information please contact:
Brian R. McKiernan