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Thursday, January 16, 2020 

Ulstein Design & Solutions says that the CMHI Haimen yard in China has recently carried out a keel laying ceremony for the 'Ocean Explorer', the fourth Ulstein X-Bow design in the Infinity class of expedition cruise vessels that the US based shipowner SunStone Ships has contracted to CMHI.

The Ocean Explorer is based on the Ulstein CX103 design featuring the company's X-Bow. The Infinity Class vessels are 104.4m long and 18.4m wide, with a passenger capacity of 264, and 99 crew.

Ocean Explorer differs from vessel number 1, Greg Mortimer, by having an infinity pool installed on deck 7, and an entrance atrium on deck 4 and 5 in way of main passenger entrance port and starboard. Another feature is an atrium forward consisting of a two-level lounge with panoramic bow windows.

The first vessel in the Infinity class has received positive feedback and media attention after her delivery in 2019. The X-Bow provides gentle movements in head sea and reduces slamming and subsequent vibrations, this makes the crossing much more comfortable. Vessel number three in the class, the Ocean Victory, is currently on the slipway at CMHI and scheduled for launch in early March.

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