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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

Shipowner SunStone Ships has signed its fourth shipbuilding contract for an expedition cruise ship in the Infinity series. The vessel, which will be constructed at the CMHI yard in China, is a CX103 design featuring the X-Bow and designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions.

The SunStone ship design contracts were the first cruise contracts for Ulstein, a ship design company with long experience from the offshore industry. The patented X-Bow was originally developed for excellent seakeeping in rough conditions, but has the extra advantage of more space in the bow areas, which on these vessels have been used for spacious lounges with outstanding views.

Vantage Cruise Line will be the charterer for the fourth vessel, the Ocean Explorer. Planned cruises include East Asia, the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.

The Infinity Class vessels are 104.4 m long and 18.4 m wide. They have a passenger capacity of 130-200, and a crew capacity of 85-115, small enough to give an exclusive atmosphere, large enough to yield all expected services and facilities, such as jacuzzi, bar and restaurant, boutique, an open-air cinema, gym and spa.

The Infinity class project is a worldwide cooperation, with the ship owner, operator (charterer) and ship interior designer in the US, the design company is Scandinavian (Norway), and the shipbuilding is carried out in China.

The first vessel in this series of potentially ten vessels, the Greg Mortimer, is in its final phase prior to her scheduled delivery in Q3 2019.

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