Under Antarctica’s skies and parked on fast ice in the Duse Bay (Weddell Sea), guests walked onto the ice to cheer on Captain Heidi Norling as she christened the 126-passenger National Geographic Resolution.
As she tossed the bottle, Captain Norling said:
“I wish this ship calm winds, fair seas, and great adventures. May everyone who sails with her be blessed."
Following remarks from Captain Martin Graser, passengers, staff, and crew members celebrated with a champagne toast in the time-honored tradition – with Adelie and gentoo penguins close by.
The occasion marked a milestone for Lindblad Expeditions as the second polar newbuild in the company’s history and their 2nd vessel to launch in 2021. Both ships are in Antarctica for the season. Sven Lindblad, Founder and Co-Chair of the Board, who has just completed the inaugural Antarctica cruise of National Geographic Endurance, said that seeing both of their new ships together in Ushuaia had been very touching.
Named to honor the first vessel to cross the Antarctic Circle back in 1773 which was navigated by Captain James Cook, NatGeo Resolution is fully stabilized and boasts the patented X-Bow technology guaranteeing the most comfortable and smoothest ride in all kinds of conditions. Her stylish interiors are Scandinavian inflected and provide the highest level of comfort.
Following her cruise season in Antarctica, National Geographic Resolution is scheduled to debut in Europe this spring. The ship will sail from Portugal to France and Scotland to Norway. After a summer in the Arctic, she will return to Antarctica via Japan and the East China Sea, as well as the Pacific Islands.