A new, purpose-built ice-class expedition vessel with patented X-Bow technology
A brand-new sister 'infinity' vessel to the luxury Ocean Victory, will commence sailing from May 2023, as one of the most modern small ship vessels in the market. This stylish cruise ship is ideally suited to small-ship expeditions, with a total of 95 comfortable cabins for guests, all with a view of the ocean, 90% with a balcony, even a suite with a French balcony! Ocean Albatros will be deployed and dedicated to varied Arctic polar voyages.
With the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A, Ocean Albatros is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to her sturdy construction and X-BOW® – Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves, and a Solas 2012 classification, which facilitates a safe return to port.
The vessel will have more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels and be one of the most environmentally friendly, implementing the Green Initiative Program, ensuring both absolute comfort and sustainability for our guests. Ocean Albatros will also offer a unique panorama sauna, and a total of 12 dedicated solo travel cabins without a single-supplement. Like it's sistership the Ocean Victory it offers two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, and other state-of-the-art amenities.
The ship’s expeditions face some of the worst Mother Nature can throw at us. However, this won't be problem with the introduction of the patented X-BOW™, created by Norwegian ship designer ULSTEIN. As one of the leaders in marine engineering, ULSTEIN's X-BOW™ is an inverted bow concept that's been built on over 100 vessels in the shipping industry.
Hydraulic viewing platforms
Although there is no doubt that you'll love the aesthetics of the vessel, we are all here to admire the spectacular landscape and spot the elusive wildlife in their natural habitat. To ensure you get the best views possible, the new ship features unique viewing platforms. Accessed from Deck 5, the two platforms fold out hydraulically for unobstructed views of passing marine life and seabirds – make sure your camera is locked and loaded!
Zodiac launching platform
Zodiacs are a vital part of getting up close and personal on your adventure – sneaking into areas that ships can't reach. On this new ship, there are five specially designed launching platforms that enables us to load Zodiacs easily and quickly, allowing you to spend more time exploring on the two to three daily landings. There are 15 Zodiacs that are boarded from either side of Deck 3 (sea level), perfect for when there is a group of fluffy cute penguin chicks that we need a photo of!
Custom-built activity platform
Regardless of your destination, there will be a number of additional activities offered to allow you to see more of the environment. From kayaking to climbing and ski touring, it's these optional activities that often leave the biggest impression on your trip as a whole. There is a spacious preparation and loading platform for these activities and more – designed in consultation with expert activity guides.
Climate change and carbon emissions continue to be major issues that everyone needs to be aware of and actively managing. Preserving and protecting the environment with the upmost importance and this is reflected in several features on the vessel. This includes reduced emissions into the air and sea, lower energy consumption, high fuel efficiency, reduced light pollution for minimal wildlife disruption and lower on-board plastic use. It's vital to also mention the state-of-the-art virtual anchoring technology of the X-BOW™, which means the ship can float anchorless while launching Zodiacs, kayaks etc, without disturbing delicate sea floor areas.
Safety is always a critical element of polar operations, with the most up-to-date and concise safety technology across any fleet. This starts with the return-to-port equipment – not compulsory on a ship of this size – which duplicates the propulsion system. This enables the ship to maintain operating systems and comfort in the event of engine failure. The vessel is Polar Code 6 compliant, holds BV class and is fully compliant with the latest SOLAS requirements. It's also built with a Rolls Royce stabiliser system. If there's an incident or accident during your adventure, the ship has an on-board, fully-stocked medical centre – where the trained medical team can provide necessary treatment in a timely fashion. Safety is an issue that the team takes very seriously and you can concentrate on the brilliant landscape and wildlife, without worrying about your well being.
With nine different types of modern, exclusive cabins, all with unobstructed views, most with panoramic view of the Antarctic landscape, exploring nature becomes a relaxing way to disconnect from your daily life and be submerged in an otherworldly environment of comfort, lushness and magnificence.
- Dedicated solo cabins without single supplement
- Family-friendly cabins
- Family Rooms with connecting door
- Unobstructed panoramic view in all cabins
- Modern fresh Nordic design & standards
- Comfort class certified
Service and Wellness Onboard
After an unforgettable expedition during the day, our guests can relax in the heated swimming pool and two jacuzzies. Or they can an enjoy being pampered in the Polar Spa with some unique treatments, like a Midnight Sun or a Fire and Ice Massage. For the active explorer, we offer a fully equipped gym with some of the best views in the industry, while shoppers can enjoy the boutique. A selection of lectures, screenings and activities will keep your brain interested and entertained. Of course, the Ocean Victory offers several bars with a large selection of drinks, including wine tasting menus developed in partnership with French wine producer and expert Gerard Bertrand, who is a leader in producing biodynamic farmed wines.
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