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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Ship owner SunStone Ships has now declared a second option for an Ulstein-designed Infinity class expedition cruise vessel at the CMHI yard in China.

This means that there are now three such vessels under construction at the CMHI (China Merchants Heavy Industry) yard for SunStone to the Ulstein CX103 design. In 2017 SunStone Ships placed one firm contract and nine options on Ulstein deliveries of expedition cruise vessel designs and equipment packages. All ten vessels are part of SunStone Ships’ series of vessels in the Infinity-class.

SunStone Ships has signed a long-term charter contract with Victory Cruise Lines on the third vessel, which will carry the name Ocean Victory and will be delivered in March 2021.

SunStone President and CEO Niels-Erik Lund said: “We are pleased with the rapid adoption of the Infinity-class vessels. It seems our European design and technology, combined with lower overall operating costs, ticks all the boxes for the small and expedition-ship market.”

“We are pleased with the work laid down by SunStone Ships in finding charterers for these vessels, and firmly believe that they will realise all ten vessels in the series”, said Tore Ulstein, deputy CEO of Ulstein Group and COO Design & Solutions.

Ulstein Design & Solutions has designed the vessel. Ulstein is responsible for the delivery of the equipment package, all main equipment being from European manufacturers, as well as supervising the technical construction of the vessel. Tillberg Design USA is responsible for the interior design, and Makinen for the construction of all interior spaces.

The ships featuer the Ulstein X-Bow, with layout designed for indoor excellence and outdoor experiences. Facilities include three restaurants and one open deck dining facility, observation lounge, lecture lounge, piano bar, gym and spa facilities, library, shops, changing facilities for Zodiac excursions, 20 Zodiacs, swimming pool, Jacuzzis, and pool bar.

The First Infinity-class ship, named the Greg Mortimer, is scheduled for delivery in August 2019 and goes on charter to Aurora Cruises, Australia.

The Infinity-class expedition cruise ships measure 104.3m in length and 18.4m in the beam. The Ocean Victory will have accommodation for 100 crew members and 200 passengers. The hull will be built according to Polar class 6, Polar code Cat B, with dynamic positioning system and zero-speed stabilisers.

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