Following months in the dock hall at Ulstein Verft (in Ulsteinvik, Norway), the 126-guest expedition cruise ship for Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic Resolution, was docked out on June 8, 2021.
Specially designed for polar waters, the newbuild is scheduled for delivery in Q4.
NatGeo Resolution is a sistership to National Geographic Endurance, delivered last year. With the Polar Class 5, the vessels are able to go far into polar areas. This enables Lindblad Expeditions to start their polar travels up to 2 weeks ahead of the other expedition cruise ships.
Both Resolution and Endurance are X-BOW ships of the CX104 design from Ulstein Design & Solutions AS.
The X-BOW is a key element in the ships with powerful wave-slicing action providing a smooth ride across harsh stretches of sea and securing a comfortable transit for 126 passengers. The vessel has 69 outside cabins, most of which feature balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors.
NatGeo Resolution iwas named to honor Captain James Cook who was the first to circumnavigate Antarctica, cross the Antarctic Circle, as well as the first European to reach Hawaii. While he captained a number of ships, his favorite was MS Resolution.
NatGeo Resolution is a safe platform for polar exploration, purpose-built for polar navigation. Her expanded fuel and water tanks provide extended operations in remote regions. A fully stabilized and highly strengthened ice-class "Polar Code Category A" passenger vessel, she is designed to sail polar passages year-round, while providing exceptional comfort. The boat will carry a full suite of expedition tools and offer experience-enhancing amenities.
After her launch, the ship will undergo finalizing work at the shipyard, where the interior part is the most comprehensive before the sea trial period commences.