Celebrating the launch for Sylvia Earle and keel laying for Ocean Odyssey expedition cruise vessels.

Twin ceremony for next generation expedition cruise vessels

On 18 March 2021, the CMHI Haimen yard in China celebrated the launch of the 'Sylvia Earle' and the keel laying of the 'Ocean Odyssey', both are Ulstein designed, X-BOW expedition cruise vessels under construction for the U.S. based SunStone Ships.

  • Launching of the Sylvia Earle expedition cruise vessel of the ULSTEIN CX103 design.
  • Sylvia Earle (left) and Ocean Odyssey (right), in different phases of construction.
  • The Sylvia Earle is the first of the expedition cruise vessels in SunStone's INFINITY series to implement windows in the bow part.
  • Aft view of the Sylvia Earle.

A series of expedition cruise vessels are being constructed at the CMHI Haimen base for SunStone Ships. These vessels in the INFINITY series are all based on the ULSTEIN CX103 design.

The vessels are chartered to travel operators for high-end luxury cruises. The hull is ice-strengthened (Polar Class 6), and the vessel features the ULSTEIN X-BOW for smooth sailing in rough seas. This patented hull, originally developed for offshore work horses, was firstly introduced to the cruise industry in 2019, when the 'Greg Mortimer' was delivered. The hull shape reduces fuel consumption when cutting through the waves and therefore also reduces local emissions.

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