Good Trip. New luxury cruise ship takes off from Boston

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Vantage Deluxe World Travel christened a new cruise ship at Seaport on Monday – the Ocean Explorer, a 162-guest ship that will head for ports in North and South America as well as in Antarctica.

Boston-based Vantage hopes to attract guests – some of whom may be wary of cruises due to the pandemic – with a far fewer staff than larger cruise lines and an array of high-end amenities: lectures, spas, two saunas, local food and a concierge on board. The ship will also have a doctor on board, although guests will have to pay for these services and medicines separately.

Large windows for ocean views on the Ocean Explorer.Suzanne Kreiter / Globe Staff

Ocean Explorer voyages will also be longer, from 15 to 41 days at sea, with prices ranging from $ 4,399 for a South American trip to nearly $ 41,000 for a trip from Lima, Peru, up the Amazon, through the Caribbean and then up the east coast to Boston.

Vantage Travel customer Helen Sigouin is given a guided tour of the new ship.
Vantage Travel customer Helen Sigouin is given a tour of the new ship.Suzanne Kreiter / Globe Staff

The $ 70 million ship was built in Yantong, China, on the Yangtze River, said Deirdre Dirkman, vice president of Worldwide Operations at Vantage Deluxe World Travel (and one of the two godmothers of Ocean Explorer who christened the ship on Monday). Another, the Ocean Odyssey, is slated to hit the market next year.

The godmothers of the Ocean Explorer, Patricia Lewis and Deirdre Dirkman, will christen the ship on Monday.
The godmothers of the Ocean Explorer, Patricia Lewis and Deirdre Dirkman, will christen the ship on Monday. Suzanne Kreiter / Globe Staff

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at [email protected] or at 617-929-2043.


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