MS Victory II

MS Victory II Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Victory II

Year built2004  /  Age : 14
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderAtlantic Marine (Jacksonville, Florida USA) BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards
Building costUSD 30 million
OwnerAmerican Queen Steamboat Company
OperatorAmerican Queen Steamboat Company
Speed13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA)91 m / 299 ft
Beam (width)15 m / 49 ft
Gross Tonnage4954 gt
Passengers220
Crew77
Passengers-to-space ratio54
Decks5
Cabins110
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesCape Cod Light, Sea Discoverer

Review of MS Victory II

MS Victory II cruise ship was built as "Cape Cod Light" and was previously operated under the name "Sea Discoverer". In 2017, the vessel was aquired and upgraded by Victory Cruise Lines, with scheduled official launch / entering service in early summer 2018.

From the same series (sister-ship) is the fleetmate MS Victory 1 (formerly Cape May Light, Sea Voyager, and Saint Laurent). Both ships were built in resemblance to the traditional US coastal steamboats of the late 19th century. They both started operations on itineraries on the Great Lakes, Canadian Maritime, East Coast USA and Southern USA.

History - construction and ownership

The 220-passenger ship Victory II was built in 2004 (launched as "Cape Cod Light") by Atlantic Marine (shipyard Jacksonville Florida / now BAE Systems Southeast Florida). The vessel was originally built for the Great Lakes Cruises (USA company) and designated for expedition voyages with itineraries in Central and South America.

MS Victory 2 cruise ship (Sea Discoverer)

The cruise ship was acquired in July 2017 from Clipper Group (Bahamas-based international company specializing in dry-bulk shipping). The vessel's current owner is the Copenhagen-based Albatros Travel company, that specializes in polar expedition cruises and tours. The company Cruise Management International Inc provides the ship's deck and engine management, while the sister-company CMI Leisure Management Inc handles the onboard hotel operations.

In November 2018, American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) signed an agreement to purchase the brand "Victory Cruise Line", as well as its chartered (from Sunstone Ships) vessels. Victory Cruise Line has a separate fleet and management, and operates as subsidiary company of AQSC.

Cruise itinerary program

MV Victory 2 itinerary program started with the "Inaugural Cruise" from Detroit Michigan on July 27, 2018. The ship's cruise calendar has regularly scheduled 7-night Canada and New England cruises between Massachusetts USA (departures from Boston and Gloucester) and Nova Scotia Canada (Halifax). Other itineraries include St Lawrence Seaway, Lake Michigan and the Canadian Maritimes, plus the company's first cruises on Lake Superior (bordering Ontario Canada and Minnesota USA).

The ship's itineraries are themed "New England Splendour" (between Halifax NS and Boston MS), "St Lawrence Seaway and French Canadian Martimes" (between Halifax NS and Detroit MI) and "Western Lake Superior" ((Wisconsin and Michigan, between Milwaukee WI, Thunder Bay MI and Detroit MI).

After summer 2018 season, the boat started Victory Cruise Line's new Mexico cruise itinerary program with roundtrips from homeport Miami.

  • For 2019, Victory Cruise Lines planned an inaugural 9-night Yucatan Mexico cruise itinerary leaving roundtrip from Miami Florida. The voyage visits 3 of the most popular Mayan ruin sites in the Mexican states Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo.
  • During company's Inaugural Mexican season (January through May 2019), the offered travel packages include all-inclusive 3-day pre- and post- cruise hotel stay in Campeche, or 12-day all-inclusive "land and cruise" package.
  • Passengers booking by May 31 (2018) received USD 1,000 pp discount. "Grand Mayan Experience" itinerary was csheduled for departure from PortMiami on January 4, 2019.
  • The inaugural "Grand Mayan Experience" season 2019 (Florida to Mexico) was divided in 2 parts - January-May, and November 2019 through May 2020.

Victory II cruise ship fares are inclusive of all daily-scheduled tours (excursions ashore). Deals are also inclusive of alcohol (beer and wine) at lunch and dinner. The company's closest competitor in both USA and Cuba is Pearl Seas Cruises.

Cabins

MS Victory II features a beautifully appointed interior with only 110 staterooms. Its stylish staterooms offer high thread-count bedding, premium mattresses, pillow menus and L’Occitane bath amenities. Passengers enjoy free WiFi Internet access and 24-hour room service, as well as nightly turndown service. The stateroom entertainment systems feature LCD flat screen televisions with satellite programming and radio/alarm clocks with Ipod Docking Station. Outside staterooms include armoires and picture windows for panoramic views.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

MS Victory II dining options include Shearwater dining room, Tavern and Outdoor Grill. Guests can enjoy fine à la carte dining in the main restaurant or the outdoor Cliff Rock Grill & Bar. they can treat themselves to fresh “hot rock” cooking at Cliff Rock, savor regionally inspired cuisine and western classics at Shearwater Dining Room, indulge in delightful afternoon tea service, complete with cakes and cookies, mingle with old and new friends in ship's English-style Seascape Tavern.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

MS Victory II has an Observation lounge, Sun Deck, Terrace and Boutique. Expertly led shore excursions are included. Listen & Learn Aboard program is hosted by experts in culture, history and natural wonders of the places visited.

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Follows the list of onboard amenities and services offered complimentary to all passengers (cruise price inclusive) regardless of cabin grades:

  • accommodation: sleeping area (2 twin beds or 1 queen bed / excepting Owners Suites and Category E (with 1 fixed queen bed, 100% Egyptian cotton bedding sets, premium mattresses), en-suite bathroom (robes, slippers, make-up mirror, hairdryer), electronic safe (in the closet), individual climate control, flat LCD TV (satellite programming), direct dial phone (outside line), radio (alarm, docking station)
  • daily housekeeping, nightly turndown service
  • daily tour (1 excursion in each cruise port)
  • complimentary drinks (coffee, tea, bottled water, soft drinks, house brand beers and wine by the glass with all lunches and dinners)
  • all onboard meals
  • brunch time Consumme and Afternoon Tea service

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Not included in the cruise deals are:

  • flights (domestic or international airfare to and from the port destination)
  • Other beverages (not mentioned above)
  • gratuities (onboard and on shore excursions),port charges, cruise insurance.

Victory Cruise Line's closest competitor (in both USA and Cuba) is Pearl Seas Cruises.

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  • Due to extended drydock refurbishment in Europe, boat's maiden voayge (pre-scheduled for May 20 from Boston MA) was re-scheduled for July 27 leaving from Montreal (Quebec Canada). The 9-night "Great Lakes Cruise" includes overnights in Montreal, Quebec City, St Lawrence Seaway, Thousand Islands, Toronto, Kingston, Niagara Falls, Cleveland. The inaugural cruise ended in Detroit on August 5. Cruise-only fares started from GBP 3,320 pp. Ship's 2018 summer program had scheduled voyages between Detroit-Halifax and along Atlantic Canada-New England.

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