SunStone's third newbuild will sail for Victory in summers, Albatros in winters

Facilities for Zodiac excursions and space for 20 Zodiacs Facilities for Zodiac excursions and space for 20 Zodiacs

The third Infinity-class expedition ship being built in China for Miami-based SunStone Ships will sail for Victory Cruise Lines in the (northern) summers and Albatros Expeditions in winters (austral summers), Seatrade Cruise News has confirmed.

First cruise in December 2020

Ocean Victory is scheduled to start cruising from Ushuaia on Dec. 22, 2020, according to Niels-Erik Lund, president and CEO, SunStone Ships.

That is earlier than the originally scheduled delivery by China Merchant Heavy Industries.

Miami-based Victory operates the 202-passenger Victory I and Victory II, with itineraries to New England, Atlantic Canada, the St. Lawrence, the Great Lakes, Cuba and Mexico's Yucatán.

Denmark's Albatros Expeditions fields the 198-passenger Ocean Atlantic in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Patented X-BOW design

Ships in the Infinity class have Ulstein's patented X-BOW design, zero-speed stabilizers and dynamic positioning, and will be built to Polar Code 6 (Ice Class 1A).

The 104.4-meter Ocean Victory will have capacity for 200 passengers in 93 suites, 68 with balconies, nine with French balconies and 16 with panoramic windows.

Public rooms include a trio of restaurants and an open deck dining facility, an observation lounge, a lounge for lectures, piano bar, gym and spa facilities, library, shops, changing facilities for Zodiac excursions, 20 Zodiacs, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and a pool bar.

Follows first in the series, Greg Mortimer

The first Infinity-class ship, Greg Mortimer, has been chartered to Australia's Aurora Expeditions. The charterer for the second ship has not announced itself.

Aurora MD Robert Halfpenny recently confirmed the company has plans for a sister vessel to Greg Mortimer.

Posted 09 November 2018

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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