The global leader of expedition cruises, Lindblad Expeditions, announced it had signed an agreement with Ulstein, Norwegian shipbuilder and designer, to construct the world's foremost expedition cruise ship.
The polar expedition ship has been designed with a focus on safety, comfort, and innovative sustainability solutions to reduce environmental impact. Its core feature is the signature X-BOW of Ulstein, a distinctive bow which ensures fuel efficiency while improving passenger comfort in rough seas; as well as a very high ice class for accessing deep into polar regions.
The expanded water and fuel tanks provide extended operations in the most remote areas, while zero-speed stabilizers ensure stability, whether at zero speed for wildlife observation, or for embarking/disembarking the cruise ship.
The 69 cabins and suites will include 12 solo cabins. 75% of all accommodations will have balconies. The spa & fitness area will feature a fitness room, relaxation area, yoga room, treatment rooms, saunas and two infinity Jacuzzis. Dining venues will include a main restaurant with great views to the surroundings, as well as an outdoor barbeque and bistro.
Off-ship exploring will be enhanced with innovative Zodiac loading system. The ship's expedition tools for exploration will include cross-country skis, kayaks, hydrophones, underwater video cameras, remotely operated vehicle (ROV), video microscope, helicopter landing platform, and even more to be announced soon.