Shipowner SunStone Ships has signed their fourth shipbuilding contract of an Infinity Class expedition cruise ship. 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.
Vantage Cruise Line will be the charterer for the fourth vessel, which is to be named Ocean Explorer. Planned cruises include East Asia, the Mediterranean and Scandinavia. 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.
The Infinity Class vessels are 104.4m 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 vessel carries gear for outdoor activities such as biking, kayaking or paddleboarding, and small tender boats.
The SunStone ship design contracts were the first cruise contracts for Ulstein, a ship design company with long experience from the offshore industry. Its patented bow, the X-Bow, was originally developed for excellent seakeeping in rough conditions, but has also the advantage of more space in the bow areas, areas which on these vessels have been used for spacious lounges with outstanding views.