On Tuesday, April 23, the workers at Ulstein shipyard closely followed the hull arrival of the new polar expedition cruise ship National Geographic Endurance. It is the first X-BOW polar ship to be constructed at the yard.
The Lindblad Expeditions vessel is now due to undergo comprehensive outfitting work. Its hull will be transferred to the dock hall, where electrical installations and insulation work will commence. Major equipment like engines and thrusters will all be installed, and the accommodation work will later start. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in Q1 2020.
Sven Lindblad, CEO & President of Lindblad Expeditions, was interested in the X-BOW hull line solution, created by Ulstein, for the fleet's first polar newbuild. The X-BOW was originally constructed for offshore ships in the North Sea with the goal of maintaining comfort and speed in some of the wildest seas. This ability is found valuable to provide a smoother ride through areas with harsh weather and the remote polar areas.
National Geographic Endurance offers much space for her 126 passengers. The ship measures 124.4 meters and offers 69 spacious cabins and suites, of which 12 cabins are for solo travelers. The spa and fitness area includes treatment rooms, saunas, a relaxation area, a yoga room, and a fitness room. There are also 2 infinity Jacuzzis available for relaxation. Dining offerings consist of the main restaurant with great views to the surroundings, as well as an outdoor barbeque and bistro area.
Lindblad Expeditions has an agreement with Ulstein on the construction and design of ship number two, due for delivery in 2021.