Relaunched cruise line Swan Hellenic has recruited experienced cruise expedition leader Pierre Thomas.

He joins after 26 years working for brands including Linblad, Metropolitan Touring, Noble Caledonia and Silversea.

Thomas has led expeditions on the water, under sea and overland by motorbike.

He lectures in five languages on topics as varied as tropical fish, African history, the Panama Canal and Central American post-World War II politics.

The cultural expedition cruise brand is set to resume sailings in November 2021 with the first of three purpose-built ships. 

Chief executive Andrea Zito said: “We are excited to welcome Pierre on board. With his tremendous experience and strong relationships with international experts in their fields, nobody could be better placed to ensure our guests enjoy a unique cultural expedition experience, both on and off-board, that truly befits Swan Hellenic’s pioneering heritage.”

Thomas added: “I’m delighted to join the dynamic team bringing the Swan Hellenic vision of cultural expedition cruising to life across a tremendous new five-star fleet.

“I look forward to contributing to the creation of a truly unique discovery experience – geographical, scientific, natural, cultural and artistic.”