Chairman and CEO John Waggoner on Thursday said Ocean Victory is bound for Alaska, however the company is not ready to share details yet.
Follows Great Lakes expansion
This follows Victory's recent acquisition by Waggoner's American Queen Steamboat Co., which is expanding into the Great Lakes this spring with Victory I and Victory II.
As earlier reported, Ocean Victory—the third Infinity-class expedition ship being built in China for Miami-based SunStone Ships—will sail for Victory in the (northern) summers and Albatros Expeditions in winters (austral summers).
Ship debuts in late 2020
The 200-passenger Ocean Victory is scheduled to begin service to Antarctica for Albatros from Ushuaia on Dec. 22, 2020.
That means 2021 would be the first possible Alaska season under the Victory banner.
Ocean Victory will have Ulstein's patented X-BOW design, zero-speed stabilizers and dynamic positioning, and will be built to Polar Code 6 (Ice Class 1A).
Meanwhile, the coastal vessels Victory I and Victory II are currently undergoing a $3m refurbishment at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana, prior to Great Lakes service.