The steel cutting ceremony of Lindblad Expeditions' first polar newbuild was carried out on Friday morning, January 5. The ship (National Geographic Endurance), yard number 312 at Ulstein Verft, is now getting ready for her first expedition cruises in 2020.
The cutting of the first steel marked the production start for the newbuild ship project. The ceremony was supervised by Janusz Stechly at DNV-GL and yard representatives Marek Lewczuk and Ole Osnes Gjerde.
The expedition cruise ship of Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS. The focus is put on safety and comfort. Ship's core feature is its patented X-BOW, providing improved comfort for travelers in rough weather. Expanded water and fuel tanks provide extended operations in remote areas.