Villa Vie Residences, the innovative new world cruise brand and residential community at sea, has announced they will send their ship Villa Vie Odyssey to Belfast in cooperation with Harland & Wolff in early March. This voyage marks the beginning of an extraordinary journey, and they have partnered with industry leaders to ensure an unparalleled experience.
In December Villa Vie Residences announced it had purchased the former Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ship, The Braemar to be named Villa Vie Odyssey. The 924-passenger, 24,344 GRT vessel will enter service this year following an all-encompassing multi-million-dollar, two month-long refurbishment.
VVR CEO Mikael Petterson states, “We are beyond excited to take possession of our beautiful Odyssey and head to the Belfast Yard with such amazing history.” Mikael Continues, “We are hiring only the best operational partners in the industry to execute on our aggressive timeline.”
VVR has enlisted Columbia Blue to oversee both Technical and Hotel operations, bringing their 35-year expertise managing hundreds of ships worldwide to the VVR family.
For the ship’s dry dock and refurbishment, VVR has chosen the historic Belfast yard, where the iconic Titanic was built. This 10-week transformation promises to be a captivating journey in itself.
Villa Vie Residences has also partnered with VIKAND Solutions for onboard medical services, a company renowned for managing over 4,000 daily medical encounters at sea and supporting over 300,000 crew members and passengers worldwide.
Reliable Maritime Solutions will act as technical superintendents, ensuring the reactivation and project’s overall success, bringing over 50 years of combined maritime operations and compliance experience to the table.
Villa Vie Residences future residents can still join the VVR community before this landmark inaugural voyage departs on May 15th. Residents can choose from an Inside Villa, an Oceanview Villa, or a Balcony Villa, aboard Villa Vie Odyssey.