The Portuguese-flagged cruise ship, carrying 125 vacationers, is the first to arrive at the island since the outbreak of the pandemic.
At least ten more cruise ships are expected in Mykonos Island until the end of October. Locals hope that they will offer a much-needed last-minute boost to tourism.
MS World Explorer cruise ship is a 2019-newbuild specifically designed for operations in the polar regions (Arctic and Antarctica). The vessel is owned by Mystic Invest (via the subsidiary Mystic Cruises) and operated under charter by Nicko Cruises (subsidiary) and Quark Expeditions (Travelopia-owned polar cruise company founded in 1991). The shipbuilder is WestSEA (naval shipyard in Viana do Castelo, Portugal).
MS World Explorer is the first in a planned 10-ship fleet of Mystic Cruises, that includes the sisterships World Explorer (2019), World Voyager (2020), World Navigator (2021), World Traveller (2022), World Seeker (2022), World Adventurer (2023), World Discoverer (2023).