Victory Cruise Lines (VCL) revealed the inaugural 2021 itineraries for its upcoming Ocean Victory.
The American Queen Steamboat Company-owned cruise line will charter the 200-passenger vessel, currently under construction, from Miami-based Sunstone Ships when it debuts next year.
The expedition-style vessel will sail a series of 12- and 13-day British Columbia and Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Sitka with ports including Misty Fjords National Monument, Stikine River Wilderness, the Waterfall Coast and Frederick Sound. Southbound itineraries will add an extra day to explore stops such as Ford's Terror Wilderness.
The ship will also sail a one-time, 12-day Hidden Coast itinerary from Vancouver to Seattle on Sept. 24 that will include Vancouver Island, Copeland Islands Marine Park, the Redonda Islands and Nanaimo.
All sailings will deploy 20 zodiacs and dozens of kayaks for passenger exploration. VCL said it is working with California Polytechnic State University to add marine biologists, scientists and naturalists to its expedition team that will lead excursions and provide education lectures.
The Ocean Victory will have an X-bow design, said to improve a ship's efficiency and stability at high seas. Of its 93 cabins, 68 will have balconies and nine will have French balconies. Onboard venues will include two restaurants, an open-deck dining area, piano bar, library, gym, heated outdoor pool, spa services and jacuzzi, plus observation and lecture lounges and a dedicated expedition and adventures launching platform.