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Monday, February 8, 2021 

In the first week of February 2021 the Ulstein-designed expedition cruise vessels 'Ocean Explorer' and 'Ocean Victory', completed their sea trials.

The two ‘next-generation’ expedition cruise vessels, to the Ulstein CX103 design, were built at the CMHI yard, China, to which they have returned for final completion.

The Ocean Victory, number three in the Infinity series of expedition cruise vessels for SunStone Ships, has been chartered out to Albatros Expeditions for Antarctica journeys in the winter season and to American Queen Steamboat Co, through its sister company Victory Cruise Lines, for Alaska cruises in the summer. The Ocean Victory offers 93 suites. She differs from the first vessel in this series, the Greg Mortimer, by having an infinity pool installed, and the bridge wings have been replaced by two observation platforms.

Ocean Explorer is vessel number four, and will be operated by Vantage Cruise Line. Like her sister vessels in this series, she is carrying the patented Ulstein X-Bow. The Ocean Explorer bow area is arranged with the deck lifted to create an arch-like lounge forward, equipped with glass windows in the bow part, providing 270-degree views.

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