SunStone's Ocean Victory expedition cruise vessel delivered

The ‘Ocean Victory’, an Ulstein designed expedition cruise vessel featuring the iconic X-BOW®, has been successfully delivered from the CMHI Haimen yard, China, on 12 October 2021.

SunStone's Ocean Victory expedition cruise vessel delivered

The ‘Ocean Victory’ is one of six cruise vessels being constructed for SunStone Ships. All have been based on the CX103 design by Ulstein Design & Solutions. The ‘Ocean Victory’ will be operated by Victory Cruise Lines for the summer season and Albatros Expeditions for the winter season.

After the sea trial of the ‘Ocean Victory’, Albatros Expeditions announced record-low emissions per passenger.

The President at Albatros Expeditions, Hans Lagerweij, said:

"Our first sailing is on the 26th of November, a fully sold-out one looking at a sun-eclipse between Antarctica and South Georgia. I expect our guests to be thrilled by the comfort and facilities, while at the same time still having the cosiness and compactness of the small expedition cruise vessels that started our industry. The ship is easy to find your way around, and it will be an excellent place to make new international friends. Finally, I am expecting our guests to be extremely happy about the performance and stability of the X-BOW on the Drake passage, a challenge we have to cross on the way to Antarctica!”

Lead Naval Architect Torill Muren, who has been first-hand in experiencing the movements across the Drake Passage, comments:

“We have developed a vessel where the hull has been optimised for low fuel consumption with CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis. In addition, we have implemented the ULSTEIN X-BOW hull line design, a solution firstly introduced to the offshore segment and only recently to the cruise industry. In addition to fuel savings, the X-BOW softens the movements in head seas, reducing slamming and vibrations, and increases the comfort and rest for passengers and crews.”