Vantage Deluxe World Travel christens Ocean Explorer

Dual Godmothers for company's first oceangoing small ship

Vantage Deluxe World Travel has christened the company’s first ocean-going small-ship, Ocean Explorer, in Boston. Along with Vantage Founder & Chairman, Henry R. Lewis and local dignitaries, the ship’s Godmothers, Patricia Lewis (wife of Mr. Lewis) and Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Deirdre Dirkman, attended the ceremony.

Ocean Explorer will navigate worldwide with 15 itineraries that include Europe, a transatlantic passage to North America, Central and South America, and Antarctica. Itineraries will explore New England and Canada, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands; the Amazon: Brazil, Colombia and Peru; Iceland, Greenland, and more.

A sister-ship, Ocean Odyssey, is also on track to launch in 2022.

Ocean Explorer's dual Godmothers, Patricia Lewis (left) and Deirdre Dirkman.

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“At Vantage, our goal is to provide the ultimate in small-ship luxury experience,” said Founder & Owner, Lewis.

Ocean Explorer will offer a completely unique experience for travellers who want to immerse themselves in the culture of faraway lands and truly experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, while enjoying the incredible service and amenities of an intimate small ship environment.”

Accommodating up to 162 guests with 77 cabins and 15 solo cabins, Ocean Explorer affords breathtaking views from the ship’s soaring multilevel observation lounge and lobby. Multiple stateroom and suite options are available, along with private balconies.

Select categories also offer triple accommodations to enhance family and group experiences.

Fine dining, small passenger-to-crew ratio, and spa amenities and services await on board — along with adventures like small-group wildlife viewing, kayaking and paddle boarding offshore (on select itineraries).

Ocean Explorer X-Bow Lounge | Credit: Ulstein
Ocean Explorer Lounge and Bar | Courtesy of Ultstein

Onboard, guests can relax by the swimming pool, or be enraptured during curated lectures, programs, musical performances, and cultural events. Vantage’s onboard Concierge caters to guests’ every need, both pre-trip and during the cruise.

Ocean Explorer also features the latest satellite and navigation technology, including Ulstein X-Bow hull technology, allowing for smoother sailing and enhanced comfort as the ship traverses the world’s seas; state-of-the-art safety technology; is Polar Code 6 compliant, and fully compliant with the latest SOLAS requirements in expedition cruising in Antarctica and the Arctic. Environmentally friendly standards included reduced emissions into air and sea and lower energy consumption.

Additional amenities include:

  • Culinary program offering gourmet dining incorporating region fare with beer and wine included with
  • Hot rock-cooking restaurant, three bars, and various lounges
  • Complimentary unlimited WiFi
  • Top deck observation deck for gatherings, lectures, performances, and more
  • Spa, massage, and hair services available at the onboard spa
  • Raised infinity pool
  • Sauna and two hot tubs
  • Fitness centre
  • Curated lectures, programs, musical performances, and cultural events
  • Low passenger-to-crew ratio
  • On expeditions, enjoy the services and curated lectures of a 5- or 17-person Expedition Team, comprised of experts in their field, and more

Meanwhile, VDWT has unveiled a new 150-day World Cruise from Australia to Sweden for 2023. Sailing aboard Ocean Explorer‘s sister-ship, Ocean Odyssey, the Wonders of the World Cruise will depart Darwin and visit 35 countries, making 113 port calls and visiting 59 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and include 300 tours.

The US$88,899 per person twin share cruise from Darwin to Stockholm will push off on 11 February 2023. Click here for more details.

Ocean Odyssey was launched at the CMHI Haimen shipyard in China late last month.

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