MIAMI BEACH -- Victory Cruise Lines confirmed plans to add a third ship that will sail in Alaska in the summer. 

Starting in 2021, the company will charter the 200-passenger Ocean Victory, which will be built by Miami-based SunStone Ships. The Ocean Victory will have an X-bow design, said to improve a ship's efficiency and stability at high seas. Cruises will focus on history, culture, nature education and music.

The line's Victory I and II are older ships built 20 years ago. They are currently designated for cruises on the Great Lakes, to Central America and to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

American Queen Steamboat Co. acquired Victory earlier this year.

American Queen president John Waggoner said at a Seatrade Cruise Global press conference here that the ship will be chartered for 183 days between May and September. "We're currently working on our itineraries for that," said Waggoner, who expects to have them by July. 

He said that the ship would be chartered to another line for Antarctic exploration when Alaska season ends.

Waggoner said the ship will have 20 Zodiac boats. He said Victory would work with California Polytechnic State University in San Obispo to bring aboard marine biology professors and graduate students for an enrichment program. He also said Victory is working with David Giersdorf, founder of Global Voyages Group and a veteran Alaska expert, to help design its Alaska program.

Correction: Victory Cruise Lines does not sail to Cuba.

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