The brand-new polar expedition ship scheduled to set sail late in 2020. Technologically-advanced, with advanced sustainability features and high-end, modern contemporary décor.
The highly-anticipated new ship takes its name from the precious colour of the same name: ultramarine, which means “beyond the sea.” These words will speak to the very ethos of the vessel which will be committed to helping people go beyond the predictable in polar exploration, to experience life-changing polar moments they never thought possible. In a league of its own, Ultramarine will combine leading-edge technology and advanced safety systems that will allow passengers to get off the ship and deeper into the polar wilderness faster than ever before.
More information about the vessel will be released soon and the inaugural season for Ultramarine will go on in a few months. The first voyages will set sail in the Antarctic 2020-21 season.
The name Ultramarine links directly to the sea, with ‘ultra,’ by its modern-day definition as ‘beyond what is ordinary,’ reflecting a signature approach to polar exploration. The vessel will create expedition experiences that go beyond what others can offer – especially in terms of off-ship experiences. Ultramarine has been designed in a way that will allow her to take people to places no one else can.
The unique features of this advanced polar vessel will allow her to redefine what’s possible in the polar regions:
- Two twin-engine helicopters and two helidecks: The helicopters on Ultramarine will be the safest and most capable helicopters in the polar regions. These robust twin engine helicopters – which will have exceptional viewing spaces and exceed all industry standards for safety – will allow passengers to experience epic aerial perspectives of the Polar Regions and landings only accessible by air.
- The largest selection of adventure options: Ultramarine will be the only ship in the polar waters to offer almost every off-ship adventure imaginable – including sea kayaking, paddling, hiking, mountaineering, cross-country skiing, stand up paddle boarding and now, for the first time ever, helicopter flight-seeing, heli-hiking and heli-skiing!
- Twenty quick-deploy Zodiacs: Ultramarine will house 20 Zodiacs, located close to the waterline, which can be quickly deployed from both sides of the vessel at four embarkation points that will be easily accessible from two passenger ready rooms, allowing guests to get off the ship in less than 20 minutes – which is half the industry average – to enjoy more spontaneous off-ship adventures than previously possible.
- Best-in-class 70-day operational range: Optimized fuel, water, provisioning, and waste-handling systems will enable a best-in-class, 70-day operational range that will allow Ultramarine to offer up a complete new set of polar experiences from exploring innovative itineraries to new, seldom-seen landing sites.
- Advanced sustainability features: In keeping with recently unveiled Polar Promise sustainability framework, Ultramarine will include technical features that will minimize the ship’s environmental footprint to an extent previously unseen for a vessel of this size. It will also include environmentally-friendly innovations such as dynamic positioning, which will eliminate the need to drop anchor in sensitive seabed areas.
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