Aurora Expeditions selects CMI leisure for new-build hotel management
Aurora Expeditions, the leader in remote destinations, announced their agreement with CMI Leisure, the leading hotel concessionaire in small ship and expedition cruising. CMI Leisure will be responsible all aspects of hotel operations, including staffing, food & beverage, housekeeping, purchasing and logistics for the new ship. Aurora has previously announced the commissioning of a new 104-metre ice class 1A expedition ship to be delivered in 2019.
Robert Halfpenny, Managing Director of Aurora Expeditions, announced the deal, saying, “We knew that our new, high-performance expedition ship needed high-performance service-delivery as well. Given our rigorous standards, CMI Leisure’s reputation for delivering excellence while operating in the challenging small-ship expedition environment made them a natural choice.” Noting Aurora’s desire to deliver as much comfort as possible, given the challenges of the region, Halfpenny continued, “CMI Leisure’s unique concepts, including al fresco dining, are a perfect match for the innovations aboard our Infinity-class vessel.”
Dietmar Wertanzl, President of CMI Leisure, commented, “Given our successful relationship on the Polar Pioneer, we are happy to see Aurora’s growth and continued success, and honored to be a part of bringing this amazing new vessel to market. Aurora and CMI Leisure are two companies which are passionate about quality experiences in the expedition segment.” Wertanzl, continued, “Aurora continues to pioneer cutting-edge experiences, which inspire us to find creative solutions – even in a category and regions where we have years of experience and expertise.”