The new expedition ship for Lindblad - National Geographic Endurance, has successfully completed its first sea trials in Storfjorden (the entrance of Geirangerfjord). During the sea trials, the vessel was put through a series of exercises that tested engines, azipods, emergency maneuvers, and navigation systems.
The first of two new polar ships for Londblad, the 126-passenger NatGeo Endurance is fully stabilized with the highest ice class of any purpose-built passenger ship (PC5 Category A) and boasts the distinctive X-Bow which is expected to afford the smoothest and most comfortable ride imaginable resulting in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions.
National Geographic Endurance is back in the yard currently undergoing final outfitting prior to delivery set in March. The vessel will embark on her maiden voyage, "Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light and Epic Ice" on April 2.