SunStone Ships, the largest tonnage provider in the expedition market, announced the successful launch of their fifth next-generation, INFINITY-Class Vessel (CMHI 196- 5).
With a goal of marrying European design and quality with Chinese ship-building efficiency, the INFINITY- Class delivers cutting-edge design, and significant operating efficiencies.
SunStone CEO, Niels-Erik Lund, commented, “We are very pleased with the high quality, design solutions and equipment packages. We are looking forward to continuing the relationships with all our partners in the Infinity-Class project and, even considering the COVID-19 world crisis, we are moving forward at very satisfactory speed, safety and quality level.”
The Launching Ceremony of the OCEAN ODYSSEY (CMHI 196-5) took place at China Merchant Heavy Industries in Haimen, China. The Vessel will sail worldwide year-round expedition cruises for Vantage Travel.
INFINITY Class Vessels are 104 meters long, and 18 meters wide, with a draft of 5.1 meters. They feature a passenger capacity between 130-200 and a crew capacity between 85 and 115. The Vessels are Ice Class 1A, Polar Code 6 and are being built with Safe Return to Port, Dynamic Positioning and zero speed stabilizing. They are small enough to give an exclusive atmosphere and yet large enough to yield all expected services and facilities such as a swimming pool, bar and restaurants, lounges, boutique, gym and spa.
Current INFINITY Class new-builds under way after the delivery of the GREG MORTIMER, the OCEAN EXPLORER and the OCEAN VICTORY are; the SYLVIA EARLE, the OCEAN ODYSSEY, the OCEAN ALBATROS and the OCEAN DISCOVERER. All vessels ordered have long-term charter agreements in place.