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The Ulstein X-Bow, the iconic wave-piercing bow design for offshore and specialty vessels, is making its debut in an expedition cruise ship.

The Greg Mortimer, the first Chinese-built expedition cruise ship, has arrived in Argentina and is preparing to make her maiden voyage to Antarctica. She is the first in a series of ten for Florida shipowner SunStone Ships, the first vessel of her kind with an X-Bow and the first dedicated vessel for longtime cruise organizer Aurora Expeditions.

Her hull incorporates the patented bow design in order to improve her seakeeping performance, which will be useful for the Antarctic market: the 120-passenger ship will be making regular crossings of the Drake Passage between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, an area well-known for heavy seas. Read on.