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China Merchant Heavy Industries launches Sunstone's Ocean Odyssey

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Ocean Odyssey is shown before its launch in Haimen
China Merchant Heavy Industries in Haimen launched Ocean Odyssey, the fifth Infinity-class newbuild for SunStone Ships.

It will sail year-round expedition cruises for Boston-based Vantage Deluxe World Travel, which recently inaugurated sister ship Ocean Explorer.

'We are very pleased with the high quality, design solutions and equipment packages,' SunStone CEO Niels-Erik Lund said. We are looking forward to continuing the relationships with all our partners in the Infinity-class project.'

Ulstein X-BOW

Infinity-class vessels sport Ulstein Design's distinctive X-BOW. They stretch 104 meters/341 feet and are 18 meters/59 feet at the beam with a draft of 5.1 meters/16.7 feet. Each has capacity for 130 to 200 passengers and 85 to 115 crew.

The vessels are built to Ice Class 1A/Polar Code 6. Each has a swimming pool, bar and restaurants, lounges, boutique, gym and spa.

First in the series was 2019's Greg Mortimer, followed by Ocean Explorer. Ocean Victory was delivered in October. Coming next is Sylvia Earle, which recently underwent sea trials. Scheduled after Ocean Odyssey are Ocean Albatros and Ocean Discoverer. Long-term charters are in place for all the vessels.

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