April 13, 2024


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SunStone took the delivery of the third cruise ship in the series of eight

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marine-news-SunStone received the third in the series of eight expedition cruise ship

Expedition cruise ship owner SunStone Ships has taken delivery of the third out of seven next-generation, Infinity-class expedition cruise vessels at China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI).

The third vessel Ocean Victory is 104 meters long, 18 meters wide, and has a draft of 5.1 meters. In July this year, Sunstone Ships took delivery of the second Infinity-class expedition which also features Ulstein’s X-Bow design. The X-Bow design is expected to deliver significant operating efficiencies.

The vessel is operating on low sulfur MGO and meets the Tier III engines to reduce emissions. It is equipped with heat recovery systems, Led lights, wastewater treatment system.

“We have developed a vessel where the hull has been optimised for low fuel consumption with CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis. In addition, we have implemented the ULSTEIN X-BOW hull line design, a solution firstly introduced to the offshore segment and only recently to the cruise industry. In addition to fuel savings, the X-BOW softens the movements in head seas, reducing slamming and vibrations, and increases the comfort and rest for passengers and crews,” stated Lead Naval Architect Torill Muren

Infinity-class expedition cruise vessels have zero-speed stabilizers and dynamic positioning. These vessels are built to Polar Code Category B, with Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A on machinery). 

The vessel will depart China Merchants Heavy Industry, Haimen, shortly and be on its way to Manilla to pick up crew, then a short stop in Papeete, and from there to Ushuaia in Argentina where cruising will begin in late November. 

Ocean Victory will commence Antarctica Cruises in November 2021 for Albatros Expeditions and for the summer season American Queen Voyages will operate the vessel on Alaska Cruises.

Infinity newbuils are on the rail to be delivered. After the delivery of Greg Mortimer, Ocean Explorer and Ocean Victory, are Sylvia Earle with deliveries, Ocean Odyssey and Ocean Albatros in 2022, and Ocean Discoverer in 2023.

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