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Thursday, January 9, 2020 

Ship designer Ulstein Design & Solutions has announced that operator Aurora Expeditions’ next Chinese-built X-Bow expedition cruise ship will be named ‘Sylvia Earle’, to honour the marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer.

The ship is one of the vessels in owner, SunStone Ships’, Infinity class, which will number up to 10 vessels. The first delivery in this series, the Greg Mortimer, is also operated by Aurora. The Ulstein X-Bow hull shape has been proven in offshore vessels for more than a decade and on more than 100 ships, however, the Greg Mortimer was first in the cruise industry.

The 126-passenger Sylvia Earle will be the second in the fleet to sail with the patented X-Bow, whose inverted bow design, in combination with dynamic stabilisers, offers stability and comfort on ocean crossings. By cutting through swell, minimising vibrations and disturbances, it enables quicker transits through waves and helps reduce fuel consumption.

As well as improving comfort at sea the inverted X-Bow offers an enhanced viewing experience by bringing passengers closer to the immediate environment than on ships with a traditional, bulbous shaped bow. The X-Bow on the Sylvia Earle will feature a two-level glass atrium lounge in the bow, offering extraordinary views to the front to the ship.

Ulstein has delivered the ship design, equipment packages and site follow-up. The series of vessels are being constructed at the CMHI yard, China, and the Sylvia Earle is scheduled for delivery in 2021.

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