SunStone Ships has signed a contract to build a sixth ‘Infinity’ class vessel.
Number six will continue the European designed, Chinese built concept.
SunStone President and CEO, Niels-Erik Lund, commented, “We have worked diligently in obtaining the long term charters and shipbuilding orders for the ‘Infinity’ class vessels and we continue to move forward with the contracts and building at a very satisfactory speed, safety and quality level”.
This series of small cruise ships is 104 m in length and 18 m wide, having a draft of 5.1 m.
They feature a passenger capacity of between 130-200 and a crew capacity of between 85 and 115, are Ice Class 1A, Polar Code 6 and are being built with Safe Return to Port, dynamic positioning and zero speed stabilisers. The vessels also feature Ulstein Design & Solutions’ X-Bow design.
They are claimed to be 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 the vessels under construction include ‘Greg Mortimer’, scheduled to be delivered August, 2019, ‘Ocean Victory’ in September, 2020, ‘Ocean Explorer’ in February, 2021, ‘Ocean Odyssey’ in March, 2022 and ‘Ocean Discoverer’ in September, 2022.
The sixth vessel ordered has a long-term charter agreement in place, and this vessel will be delivered September, 2021. In addition SunStone said it was is in negotiations for four additional vessels. It is expected vessel No. 7 will be contracted in May and the remaining three options will also be firmed up this year.