Shipbuilder Ulstein has confirmed the expedition cruise vessel, Ocean Victory, has commenced its sea trials this month.
Under construction at the CMHI shipyard in China, the vessel is the third in the series of Ulstein designed X-BOW expedition cruise ships.
Each of the vessels are on long-term hire to various operators, including Aurora Expeditions (Greg Mortimer) and Lindblad Expeditions (National Geographic Resolution).
Ocean Victory 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 Cruises, for Alaska cruises in the summer.
The INFINITY series of expedition cruise vessels are the first to be designed with the Ulstein X-BOW. Although proven in more than 100 ships, mostly offshore ships, the introduction of this feature to the cruise industry has redefined the cruising experience.
In head seas, the impact will be absorbed, leading to reduced vibrations and reduced sea spray. This means that during the sea crossings, the vessel can keep higher speed, while comfort level remains high. Important to note, is that reduced friction when moving forward means reduced fuel consumption, which in turn, leads to reduced harmful emissions.
Ocean Victory offers 93 suites.
Lead image: Ocean Victory will be operated by Victory Cruises, part of the American Queen Steamboat Co., in Alaskan waters during the Northern summer.