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Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Albatros Expeditions to add new ship

Albatros Expeditions is to add a second Infinity class expedition cruise vessel to its fleet in 2022.

The ship, named Ocean Albatros, will operate in Antarctica and the Arctic and on cruises between the two.

It will join the new Ocean Victory, which will be operated by Albatros Expeditions in Antarctica from December 2020 and is chartered to Victory Cruise Lines for operations in Alaska for the summer seasons.

Ocean Albatros and Ocean Victory are 104 metres long, 18 metres wide, and feature 93 large cabins. Of these, 68 have private observation decks and nine have French balconies.

Hans Lagerweij, the company's newly-appointed president of international businesses, said: "Many expedition cruise companies are focusing on features such as underwater lounges, helicopters or submarines for their new builds. At Albatros Expeditions, we have chosen vessels that are enhancing an authentic expedition experience which customers are looking for.

"The proven and patented X-Bow design gives our passengers a more enjoyable sailing, by improving guest comfort and safety, and even reducing seasickness. It provides very low levels of noise and vibration and gives us the ability to better maintain speed, ensuring we keep to our expedition schedules in rougher seas.

"With excellent manoeuvrability, it is easier and faster to change position during expedition operations like zodiac loading and no anchor handling is required. It also makes operations above underwater treasures like coral reefs easier, eliminating the possibility of any impacts. There will be no need for the sound and vibration of anchoring - so less chance of disturbing wildlife."

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