Victory Cruise Lines adding 2nd X-Bow ship to fleet

Fourth vessel for company set to ply Alaskan waters

Victory Cruise Lines is adding a fourth vessel to its fleet of ships, to be delivered in September 2022. The cruise line is a division of American Queen Steamboat Company.

To be named Ocean Discoverer, the new ship will join Victory Cruise Lines’ Ocean Victory in Alaska in 2023. Ocean Discoverer will make its debut with the Discover Beyond Alaska Expedition Adventure Cruise itineraries.

“We are pleased to welcome our second Alaska-bound expedition ship and expand our Victory Cruise Line experiences,” said John Waggoner, Founder and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company.

“Following the success of our inaugural season on the Great Lakes, Canadian Maritimes and coastal New England, we are excited to continue that momentum with the new Ocean Discoverer and look forward to showcasing the very best of expedition cruising in Alaska.”

Ocean Victory - Category C stateropm

As part of Sunstone Ships’ INFINITY class of expedition ships, Ocean Discoverer was designed for in-depth destination access and exploration, while promoting responsible and sustainable travel. Guests will enjoy immersive shore excursions led by expert marine biologists, scientists and naturalists throughout the 12- to 13-day expedition voyages.

The 200-passenger Ocean Discoverer will be identical to the Ocean Victory and feature 93 suites, of which 68 will have balconies, plus nine with French balconies and 16 with panoramic windows. Onboard venues include two restaurants, in addition to an open-deck dining area, observation and lectures lounges, piano bar, library, gym, spa, swimming pool with a pool bar and jacuzzi.

Ocean Discoverer will share the same cutting-edge design, technology and operating efficiencies as the Ocean Victory. Signature elements include a patented X-bow design which creates a smoother, more comfortable ride to lower noise and vibration levels and consequently seabed disturbance.

The Ocean Discoverer will also utilise Victory Cruise Lines’ partnership with the Department of Marine Biology at California Polytechnic State University to feature marine biologists, scientists and naturalists among the ship’s expedition team. This along with the vessel’s fleet of zodiacs and kayaks, will provide guests with endless opportunities for active and responsible adventure and up-close wildlife viewing.

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Bookings for Ocean Discoverer will be announced at a later date.

Image credit: American Queen Steamboat Company

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