Lindblad Expeditions' CEO and president, Sven Lindblad, unveiled new details about line's 126-guest National Geographic Endurance. The first newbuild polar ship in company’s 50-year history is scheduled to debut in 2020.
Endurance boasts the highest ice class rating - PC5 Category A. The ship also features a patented X-Bow and distinctive profile. According to the shipbuilder, the design provides a smooth ride in all conditions and also increases fuel efficiency.
The ship's X-Bow design improves wildlife viewing, due to the unobstructed downward sight lines. Passengers can benefit from multiple walk-out areas from the Navigation Bridge, Observation Lounge and glass rails on top deck for photography and viewing. Additional public spaces include The Sanctuary spa, glass-walled yoga studio, photo gear locker, and The Den on Observation Deck.
National Geographic Endurance also features more than 10,000 ft2 (929 m2) of glass windows and doors, along with Scandinavian-style interiors inspired by themes of fire and ice.
The ship has a total of 6 passenger decks; 56 standard staterooms (40 of which with balconies) and 13 balcony suites. All 69 cabins have a reading chair or sofa, as well as a “Command Center” with National Geographic Atlas, analog clock, barometer, and digital tablet with daily programme.
Dining options include the main dining room, Restaurant Two Seven Zero, The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, and C.Green’s, offering casual dining. Additionally, passengers can enjoy high tea and hors d’oeuvres at Recap as well as BBQs in ship's heated outdoor Winter Garden.
In addition to its Zodiacs, the ship is equipped with snowshoes, cross-country skis, kayaks, hydrophones, an ROV, underwater video technology and video microscope.
National Geographic Endurance offers a series of 8 inaugural Arctic itineraries, including trips from Norway to Alaska through the Northeast Passage.