World Voyager

World Voyager current position

World Voyager current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 36.93927 N / -6.18599 W) cruising at speed of 11.7 kn (22 kph/ 13 mph) en route to PT LIS > ES SVQ. The AIS position was reported 14 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of World Voyager

World Voyager current cruise is 11 days, one-way from Lisbon to Funchal. Prices start from USD 3882 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 29 Sep, 2022 and ends on 10 Oct, 2022.

Date / TimePort
29 Sep 20:00    Departing from Lisbon, Portugal hotels
30 Sep 22:00 - 01 Oct 18:00    Seville, Spain Andalusia
02 Oct 09:00 - 14:00    Ceuta, Spanish Morocco
03 Oct 18:00 - 04 Oct 23:30    Valencia, Spain
05 Oct 15:00 - 23:30    Ibiza, Ibiza Island, Balearic Spain
07 Oct 07:00 - 18:00    Malaga, Spain Granada
09 Oct 18:00    Arriving in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal hotels

Specifications of World Voyager

Year built2021  /  Age: 1
Flag state Madeira
BuilderWestSEA Shipyard (Viana do Castelo, Portugal)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costEUR 70 million (USD 80 million)
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)126 m / 413 ft
Beam (width)19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage9934 gt
Passengers196 - 200
Decks with cabins3
Sister-shipsWorld Adventurer, World Explorer, World Discoverer, World Navigator, World Seeker, World Traveller
Christened bytba
OwnerMystic Invest via Mystic Cruises (Portugal)
OperatorSchiffsreisen GmbH (Nicko Cruises Germany), Quark Expeditions

World Voyager Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Baltic Sea Kiel
2022 Sep 04 3 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg Kiel $1212
2022 Sep 07 2 days, one-way from Hamburg to Portsmouth UK Hamburg $508
2022 Sep 29 11 days, one-way from Lisbon to Funchal Lisbon $3882
2022 Oct 10 7 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal
2022 Oct 17 12 days, round-trip Africa Santa Cruz de Tenerife $5204
2022 Oct 29 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife $2668
2022 Nov 05 12 days, round-trip Africa Santa Cruz de Tenerife $5204
2022 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife $2668
2022 Nov 24 12 days, round-trip Africa Santa Cruz de Tenerife $5204
2022 Dec 06 15 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Willemstad Curacao Santa Cruz de Tenerife $5216
2022 Dec 21 14 days, one-way from Willemstad Curacao to Panama City Willemstad Curacao $5724
2023 Jan 04 12 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Panama City $4949
2023 Jan 16 14 days, one-way from Panama City to Cozumel Panama City $5724
2023 Jan 30 15 days, one-way from Cozumel to Willemstad Curacao Cozumel $5386
2023 Feb 14 13 days, one-way from Willemstad Curacao to Philipsburg St Maarten Willemstad Curacao $4899
2023 Feb 27 14 days, one-way from Philipsburg St Maarten to Cozumel Philipsburg St Maarten $6187
2023 Mar 13 15 days, one-way from Cozumel to Willemstad Curacao Cozumel $5386
2023 Mar 28 15 days, one-way from Willemstad Curacao to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Willemstad Curacao $4434
2023 Apr 12 10 days, round-trip Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife $3602
2023 Apr 22 12 days, round-trip Africa Santa Cruz de Tenerife $5088
2023 May 04 12 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife $4356
2023 May 16 11 days, round-trip Azores Funchal $3662
2023 May 27 11 days, round-trip Azores Funchal $3662
2023 Jun 07 11 days, one-way from Funchal to Bremerhaven Funchal $3987
2023 Jun 18 4 days, round-trip Western Europe Bremerhaven $1571
2023 Jun 22 4 days, round-trip Western Europe Bremerhaven $1571
2023 Jun 26 14 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Hamburg Bremerhaven $6420
2023 Jul 10 14 days, one-way from Hamburg to Longyearbyen Hamburg $8342
2023 Jul 24 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Longyearbyen $9194
2023 Aug 04 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Longyearbyen $9194
2023 Aug 15 10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik Longyearbyen $8353
2023 Aug 25 15 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Hamburg Reykjavik $6608
2023 Sep 09 4 days, round-trip German Bight Hamburg $1571
2023 Sep 13 4 days, one-way from Hamburg to Copenhagen Hamburg $1571

World Voyager Review

Review of World Voyager

The 2020-built/2021-inaugurated MS World Voyager cruise ship is a newbuild passenger vessel designed for operations in the polar regions (Arctic and Antarctica). The shipbuilder is WestSEA (naval shipyard in Viana do Castelo, Portugal).

Currently, the ship is owned by Mystic Invest (via the subsidiary Mystic Cruises) and operated by Nicko Cruises (subsidiary/fleet) via Schiffsreisen GmbH as well as by other small cruise companies, including Quark Expeditions.

The ship World Voyager is the second vessel in a planned 10-ship fleet of Mystic Cruises, that includes the sisterships World Explorer (2019), World Voyager (2020-2021), World Navigator (2021), World Traveller (2022), World Seeker (2022), World Adventurer (2023), World Discoverer (2023).

The vessel (IMO number 9871529) is currently Portugal-flagged (MMSI 255806150) and registered in Madeira/Funchal.

Ship history and ownership

The vessel is owned by the Portugal-based company Mystic Cruises and seasonally chartered by Quark Expeditions (for polar cruises) and also by the European river cruise operator Nicko Cruises (for the rest of the season). The polar travel company Quark Expeditions (established in 1991) specializes in polar expedition cruises to Antarctica using vessels with ice-strengthened hulls. Quark Expeditions became part of the UK-based TUI Travel on May 1, 2007.

MS World Voyager cruise ship (Nicko Cruises)

Mystic Cruises is a new brand owned by the Portuguese entrepreneur Mario Ferreira - president of Mystic Invest SGPS (group of companies) and best known as CEO of the Portuguese river cruise company Douro Azul, operating on Douro River roundtrips from Oporto. Mario Ferreira is also famous for being Portugal's first space tourist (traveling on Virgin Galactic's Spaceship One / owned by Richard Branson).

The shipowner Mystic Invest is a Portuguese family-owned financial holding that fully owns several brands specializing in travel and tourism business (cruises, tours, hotels) and real estate. The list of brands (subsidiaries) owned by the parent company Mystic Invest includes DouroAzul (Portugal), Mystic Cruises (Portugal), Nicko Cruises (Germany), Priority Dolphin (shipbuilding), Mystic Tua (Portugal), Mystic Adventure (tour agency in Barca d'Alva), World of Discoveries (theme park in Porto Portugal), Helitours (Porto and Douro Valley), BlueBus (Porto), hotels and resorts (Hotel do Cais, Monumental Palace Hotel, Douro Marina Hotel, Wine Lodge Hotel), Caminho das Estrelas (suborbital and Zero-G flights), Mystic Real Estate.

Decks and Cabins

World Voyager staterooms (98 total) are all in Suite categories and with step-out balconies, providing max passenger capacity 200 (max 140 on polar cruises). The boat has 8 decks, of which 6 are passenger-accessible and 3 with cabins.

Each of the staterooms offers as standard (complimentary / price-inclusive) amenities

  • en-suite bathroom (shower, WC, washbasin, hairdryer, plush bathrobes and slippers, premium bath products)
  • separate bedroom (Queen-size double bed convertible to 2 twins / single beds, bedside cabinets, bedside USB charging ports, wall-mounted lamps)
  • mirrored vanity table / writing desk with armchair, lounge area (2-seater sofabed, coffee table with chairs), Horizon and Veranda cabins additionally have a plush loveseat
  • smart HDTV (infotainment system, Internet, on-demand movies, Bluetooth connectivity), large wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), minibar (fully-stocked refrigerator)
  • individual air-conditioning, LED lighting
  • daily turndown service
  • Still and sparkling bottled water is provided complimentary and replenished twice daily.

Towels (excluding those on the rack) and bedsheets are changed every 3rd day (depending on cruise itinerary length). Shipboard laundry and ironing services are available at extra cost. Laundry bags are provided in the cabins and collected each morning.

Each cabin is equipped with orange-coloured lifejackets, which are used in cases of emergencies and during lifeboat drills. Ship's electrical supply is 220 V (50 Hz). The electrical outlets (found in all cabins and throughout the ship) are standard European 2-pin plugs. A total of 5 USB ports (per cabin) are for digital devices (cameras, smartphones, tablets, etc). Each cabin is also fitted with a total of 5 power outlets (110V / 220V).

Most cabins (~90%) are with private step-out balconies, excepting only the aft-located (decks 5-6) "French Balcony" cabins, which are with a sliding window (upper panel) opening to a railing (Juliet balcony). Cabin balconies are furnished with 1 low table and 2 deckchairs. Superior, Deluxe and Owner suites additionally have 2 lounge chairs on their balconies.


MS World Voyager has 7 cabin categories ranging in sizes from 185 ft2 (17 m2, Adventure Stateroom) to 355 ft (33 m2, Owner Suite). French Balcony cabins (Infinity Stateroom, 270 ft2 / 25 m2) are with floor-ceiling glass wall with a slide opening window (upper panel). Balcony cabins (Veranda Stateroom, 215 ft2 / 20 m2) are with a step-out balcony. Triple cabins (Junior Suites) are in 2 different types - with either outdoor or French Balcony. The all 12 Adventure-type (Porthole) cabins are located midship on Deck 3 and each with a large non-opening window.

All top-tier suites are 2-Room (1-Bedroom) and with larger balconies (sized 110 ft2 / 10 m2) furnished with 2 sun loungers, 2 teak deckchairs and 1 low table. Each suite has 2 closets and 2 large HDTVs (wall-mounted in the bedroom / living room).

Cabin bathrooms are with spa showers (rain shower head, handheld showerhead, 4 adjustable body jets), L'Occitane bath products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, handwash, hand lotion). Owner Suites and Deluxe Suites bathrooms are with double basin vanity (his-and-hers sinks) and separate WC. Owner Suites bathrooms are with bathtub.

Shipboard facilities and activities

The ship offers plenty of public areas, including Observation Lounge (glass-domed, with surrounding outdoor terrace), Voyager Lounge (multi-purpose and full-bar venue with floor-ceiling windows and comfortable seating), Library (reading lounge), Lecture Theatre (24-hour open Auditorium serving cruise company's enrichment program with daily scheduled activities, including port talks, discussions, media presentations), aft-located Dining Room Restaurant (with floor-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace for alfresco dining / weather permitting).

MS World Voyager cruise ship (Nicko Cruises)

Voyager Lounge doubles as multi-purpose room hosting special events (anniversaries, birthdays, group and private meetings, etc). Fresh-baked cookies and pastries are offered in the afternoons. Hot and cold snacks are available during the evening cocktail hour (activities permitting) and special occasion events. Lounge's Bar is staffed by a professional bartender serving a selection of liquors, spirits, premium beers, wines and champagnes (by the glass). Complimentary beverages include soft drinks, juices, water, coffee, tea.

Polar Library is well stocked with books and popular board games. The Library is open 24 hours. Its collection includes books in various languages and themed on wildlife, history, marine biology, geology, ecology, also field guides, picture- and reference books.

Polar Boutique is the gift shop selling travel essentials and souvenirs, as well as a selection of expedition gear (clothing, waterproof pants, gloves, hats). Shop's opening hours are based on the daily scheduled cruise activities.

In the Lobby area is the Reception (Guest Services Desk) served by dedicated staff that assists passengers with information, purchasing PIN cards (Internet/email access, phone cards), arranging wake-up calls. The Reception also doubles as Cashier's Office for setting shipboard accounts and making payments of these accounts towards the end of the cruise. Also on Lobby Deck are the ship's two entrance areas (portside and starboard) used for passenger embarkation/disembarkation in ports of call where pier/quay/wharf is available for docking.

Wellness facilities include an outdoor jogging track (on top-deck), small gym, Sauna Room, Spa (room for massages, showers, changing / locker rooms), Hairdresser. On Sun Deck is the outdoor heated swimming pool surrounded by a sunbathing area with loungers. The pool has a kids (shallow) area separated from the deeper saltwater plunge pool. The ship doesn't provide lifeguards on duty. On top-deck (aft) is a Helideck - helipad used in cases of emergencies.

As complimentary shoreside activities are offered camping, seakayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, Zodiac boat tours.


When chartered by Nicko Cruises, the ship operates in Europe (Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Coastal, Baltic Sea, Norwegian Fjords), also Iceland and Greenland. When chartered by other companies, the ship operates on polar cruises - to Antarctica and Arctic destinations.

Details on the boat's 2020 season (itineraries /destinations and ports) were announced by Nicko Cruises in mid-January 2019. The deployments were in Europe (Mediterranean, Western and Northern Europe / Baltic Sea). A total of 24x different itineraries were announced, with 7 voyages in Northern Europe leaving from Germany (homeports Kiel and Hamburg). An 11-day Greek Islands itinerary (roundtrip from Piraeus-Athens) visited Mykonos and Santorini, with passing through Corinth Canal.

Eventually, the vessel's inauguration was rescheduled for 2021 - April 10, and later for May 22. Next table shows the Maiden Voyage (7-day Canary Islands).

Date / TimePort
22 May 23:00Departing from Santa Cruz de Tenerife
23 May 08:00 - 23:00Puerto de la Estaca, El Hierro Island
24 May 08:00 - 20:00San Sebastian de la Gomera, Gomera Island
26 May 08:00 - 22:00Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura Island
27 May 07:00 - 18:00Arrecife, Lanzarote Island
28 May 06:00Arriving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Inaugural Cruise prices started from EUR 1595 (USD 1950 / GBP 1375) per person with double occupancy.

Other destinations scheduled by NICKO for season 2021 included Northern Europe (also Norwegian Fjords) with homeporting in Germany (Kiel and Hamburg), the Azores (Portugal/roundtrips from Funchal Madeira), the Canaries (Spain/roundtrips from Tenerife), the Caribbean (departures from Willemstad Curacao, Philipsburg St Maarten, Cozumel Mexico).


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On November 15, 2018, the shipowner Mystic Cruises officially announced the contract with WestSEA Shipyard (Viana do Castelo, Portugal) for building two more vessels. Deliveries were scheduled for 2020 (World Voyager) and 2021 (World Navigator).

All Mystic Invest newbuilds as investments were backed by ICBC Leasing - part of ICBC Ltd (Chinese multinational bank, ranked world's largest by assets, deposits, loans, customers and employees). The shipbuilding financing was supported by Portuguese banks (during construction) and ICBCL Leasing funding (following delivery) through sale and charter-back of the vessel, with an obligation to repurchase it on maturity. Mystic Invest intends to build a 10-ship fleet of the same design.

In August 2017 were completed design's tank tests. The testing water tank and ship model were conducted by the Wageningen-based MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands).

In 2018 (February 20 through March 1), Nicko Tours scheduled a total of 10 roadshows in Germany to promote the company's new "ocean cruising" business. Each of the shows started with a casual get-together and buffet with finger food, followed by a presentation of the vessel and its Nicko cruise itineraries. Then travel agents enjoyed full meals and gourmet desserts.

MS World Voyager cruise ship (Nicko Cruises)

The vessel's first Captain was Michael Wilhelm Block.

World Voyager ship technology

The ship design is based on a Rolls-Royce expedition vessel platform developed by Giuseppe Tringali (Italian naval architect). It features an ice-strengthened hull (ice class 1B), top-notch automation and control system, modern propulsion (based on electrical pods / 360-degree azimuthing thrusters), dynamic positioning system (using GPS data to accurately maintain ship's position without anchoring), advanced water treatment system, hybrid powerplant (diesel-electric) with efficient marine engines (two Rolls-Royce engines running on ULSD / ultra-low-sulfur diesel).

The Rolls-Royce powerplant costs GBP 7 million (EUR 7,75 million / 8,9 million) and includes two main engines (Bergen C25-33L8P) and one auxiliary dual-fuel genset (Bergen C25-33L6P). The engines are connected to the ship's electric power system (Rolls-Royce SAVe CUBE) allowing them to operate efficiently at variable speeds. Rolls-Royce Promas propulsion is an integrated propeller-rudder system to optimize hydrodynamic efficiency. Promas includes two controllable pitch propellers integrated with two flap rudders, steering gears and tunnel thrusters.

Mystic Cruises ship

World Voyager is a cruise ship with hydrojet propulsion (technology initially developed for military vessels). The ship is fitted with two SPJ Pump Jets by SCHOTTEL (model SPJ 82, total power output 670 kW) allowing silent navigation at 5 knots speed (9 kph). This is an alternative propulsion system as the hydrojets are used only in destinations with specific marine life. Both hydrojets pump water to propel the ship and similarly to the in-hull mounted Azipods (underwater azimuthing thrusters) can rotate 360 degrees. They also allow dynamic positioning (via GPS) to stabilize / fix the vessel without using propellers or anchors.

The vessel's draft is only 15 ft (4,7 m) allowing access to remote islands and unique coastal destinations. The ship has all 2 lifeboats (full-capacity) which are fully enclosed. Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet). Landings (passenger transportation) and coastal exploration voyages are served by ship's own fleet of ten Zodiacs (motorized boats stored aft on Deck 7) and 2 loading stations.

The shipbuilder WestSEA (Viana do Castelo, Portugal) is owned by Martifer Group via the subsidiary Martifer SGPS. This is a family-owned holding company founded in 1990 (by the brothers Carlos and Jorge Martins), headquartered in Oliveira de Frades (Portugal) and Euronext Lisbon (stock exchange) listed since 2007. Martifer Group has over 3000 employees and specializes in metal construction and (since 2004) in renewable energy (wind and solar energy equipment production). Martifer Group is one of Europe's largest metal construction companies, with subsidiaries in Spain, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Brazil and Angola.

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