During February's first week two expedition cruise ships - Ocean Victory and Ocean Explorer, of the ULSTEIN CX103 design, succefully completed Yellow Sea trials (East China Sea). Both vessels are currently under construction at CMHI's Haimen Shipyard in Jiangsu China.
All their ' systems and equipment have successfully been tested at sea. Ocean Victory (unit #3 in the INFINITY series built for the shipowner SunStone Ships USA) was chartered out to Albatros Expeditions for Antarctica voyages (in the winter) and to AQSC-American Queen Steamboat Company through its subsidiary Victory Cruise Lines (for Alaskan voyages in the summer).
Ocean Explorer i(unit #4) will be chartered to Vantage Cruise Line. The boat has a novel arrangement in the bow area with the deck being lifted and an arch-like lounge created in front of the bow. The lounge is equipped with glass windows (in the bow part) providing 270-degree sea views.