National Geographic Endurance

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National Geographic Endurance current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 65.46419 N / 12.77137 E) cruising en route to STORBORJA. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of National Geographic Endurance

National Geographic Endurance current cruise is 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Longyearbyen. Prices start from USD 20342 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 19 May, 2022 and ends on 02 Jun, 2022.

Date / TimePort
19 May    Departing from Bergen, Norway hotels
20 May    Loen, Norway
20 May    Norwegian fjords cruising
20 May    Loen, Norway
21 May - 23 May    fjord cruising
24 May
24 May    Trollfjord, Norway
25 May    Norwegian fjords cruising
26 May    Tromso, Norway
27 May    Bjornoya-Bear Island, Svalbard Norway
28 May - 01 Jun    Svalbard Islands, Arctic Norway
02 Jun    Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Norway hotels

Specifications of National Geographic Endurance

Year built2021  /  Age: 1
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderCRIST Shipyard (Gdynia, Poland), Ulstein Verft (Ulsteinvik, Norway)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship (Ulstein CX104)
Building costUSD 135 million / EUR 113 million
Engines (power)General Electric (7 MW / 9387 hp)
Speed17 kn / 31 kph / 20 mph
Length (LOA)124 m / 407 ft
Beam (width)21 m / 69 ft
Gross Tonnage12786 gt
Passengers126 - 148
Decks with cabins4
Sister-shipsNat Geo Resolution
Christened byJen Martin and Ana Esteves
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc (via Lindblad Expeditions Holdings LLC)
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises (via LEX Endurance Ltd)

National Geographic Endurance Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 May 19 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Longyearbyen Bergen $20342
2022 May 20 14 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Bergen Longyearbyen $19573
2022 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Land of the Ice Bears An in Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard Cruise Longyearbyen $12220
2022 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Land of the Ice Bears An in Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard Cruise Longyearbyen $11999
2022 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Land of the Ice Bears An in Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard Cruise Longyearbyen $11993
2022 Jun 23 7 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso Longyearbyen $11439
2022 Jun 30 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Exploring the Russian Arctic Franz Josef Land and the Kara Sea Cruise Tromso $27200
2022 Jul 20 23 days, one-way from Tromso to Nome Tromso $39210
2022 Aug 11 24 days, one-way from Nome to Tromso Nome $39201
2022 Aug 11 23 days, one-way from Nome to Tromso Nome $36997
2022 Sep 04 16 days, one-way from Tromso to Heimaey Island Tromso $25750
2022 Sep 21 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Icelands Wild West Coast to East Greenland Cruise Reykjavik $14156
2022 Oct 21 20 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires $26668
2022 Nov 10 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia $30489
2022 Nov 30 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $17103
2022 Dec 10 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $16771
2022 Dec 20 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $19348
2022 Dec 30 32 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Dunedin Ushuaia $52984
2023 Jan 30 29 days, one-way from Dunedin to Ushuaia Dunedin $52998
2023 Mar 15 15 days, round-trip 15 Night Southern Patagonia Glaciers Fjords and Wildlife Cruise Ushuaia $19833

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Review of National Geographic Endurance

The 2020-built/2021-inaugurated MS National Geographic Endurance cruise ship is Lindblad-National Geographic cruise line's first "Ulstein X-Bow" vessel. The boat was scheduled for delivery in January 2020 (maiden voyage in April). Lindblad's Endurance ship was followed by the sistership NatGeo Resolution (scheduled for delivery in 2021-Q4).

The vessel (IMO number 9842554) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311000929) and registered in Nassau.

On November 7, 2017, the shipowner Lindblad Expeditions Holdings and the Norwegian shipbuilding company Ulstein Verft AS signed an agreement to build the new-design (Ulstein CX104) passenger vessel at the price of USD 134,6 million, with 20% due upfront. By the contract, the delivery deadline is January 21, 2020 (potential "accelerated" delivery on November 18, 2019). The deal also included building two more (optional) vessels of the same class/design) to be constructed in subsequent years.

National Geographic Endurance cruise ship (Lindblad)

Nat Geo Endurance has max draft 5,3 m (17 ft) and GT-tonnage/volume 12786 tons.

Decks and Cabins

The Lindblad Endurance ship has 8 decks (6 passenger-accessible, 4 with cabins), 56 standard staterooms, 40 of which are with private balconies / or 75% of all) plus 13 balcony suites.

Of all Nat Geo Endurance staterooms, 12 can be booked as single cabins (studios with single-occupancy rates). Cabin sizes range from 140 ft2 (13 m2) "Solo Cabin" to 430 ft2 (40 m2) "Category 7 Suite". All cabins are outside, with 2 porthole windows (large, non-opening), 1 large window (opening) or 1 step-out balcony. All cabin balconies are accessed via floor-ceiling sliding glass doors.

All the 69 staterooms offer as standard amenities living room (low table, reading chair or sofabed/2-seater couch), phone, writing desk with armchair, USB ports, smart HDTV (Infotainment system - Internet, on-demand movies), Wi-Fi connections, "Command Center" (NatGeo's World Atlas /paper edition, analog clock, barometer, digital tablet with information on the current cruise itinerary and daily scheduled activities/onboard and ashore), twin beds (convertible to double), bedside cabinets, pillows, wall-mounted reading lamps, individually controlled air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom (WC-toilet, glass shower, mirrored single-sink vanity, hairdryer, botanic hair products).

Suites are large-sized, with walk-in closets, multiple USB docking stations, command centers (for electronics, chargers, door locks). The suite balcony is also fitted with a hammock. All Balcony cabins are also with a command center and rain showerheads (in the bathrooms).

Passenger capacity is 148 (max) and 126 (on expedition cruises, in the period April through September). All decks are connected via 2 elevators (passenger lifts) and 3 staircases and have public restrooms.


Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Lindblad Endurance ship provides a total of 7 onboard dining options, including Main Dining Room, Two Seven Zero Restaurant, Chef's Table (small group VIP dining), C. Green's (Lido buffet restaurant), an outdoor BBQ (poolside grill bar), Bistro (Bar and Restaurant) and Winter Garden (outdoor seating).

270-degree Restaurant is the ship's MDR (Main Dining Room) with floor-ceiling windows (for 270-degree panoramic views), single-seating capacity, open-seating (flexible dining), locally-sourced ingredients, fresh produce, healthy and sustainable food choices. The Bistro (Bar and Restaurant on Observation Deck) serves afternoon tea, appetizers (lighter fare) and made-to-order dishes. Barbeques and deck parties are held at the heated outdoor Winter Garden.

National Geographic Endurance cruise ship (Lindblad)

During all MDR meals, the ship's expedition staff (leader, naturalists, guest speakers) join the passengers to provide interesting information and answer questions.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Lindblad Endurance ship has the industry's highest ice-class rating - PC5 (Category A). The patented X-Bow design provides stable navigation in all-weather conditions and increases fuel efficiency. The innovative marine engineering and design (developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS) also improve wildlife viewing capabilities due to the hull's unobstructed downward sightlines.

Passengers can benefit from multiple promenade (walk-out / open-air) deck areas from the Navigation Bridge (Wheelhouse), Observation Lounge and glass railings on Lido Deck. Located on the ship's top deck, these are the best vantage points for photography and nature viewing.

Among the signature public spaces is The Sanctuary (wellness/spa complex) with 2 saunas (high- and low-heat, both with sea views), relaxation room, 2 treatment rooms (for massages), glass-walled Yoga Studio (for classes), photo gear locker.

On Observation Deck (deck 8) is also the aft-located Sun Deck with an outdoor barbeque bar, two Infinity Edge Pools (Jacuzzis/whirlpool hot tubs with glass walls at the stern) and two igloos (with daybeds).

NatGeo-Lindblad new ships (pool deck)

The wellness complex also includes a Fitness Center (gym room on Deck 7). NatGeo Endurance ship has over 10,000 ft2 (930 m2) of floor-ceiling glass windows and doors, Scandinavian-themed interiors, new patented Zodiac launching system (2 loading stations serving ship's fleet of 8 large-capacity Inflatable speedboats/landing craft), expedition equipment (complimentary provided on landings - snowshoes, cross-country skis, sea kayaks), hydrophone, SplashCam (underwater video camera), 2 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs operated by a dedicated undersea specialist), video microscope, helipad (top-deck helicopter landing platform on Helideck), remote control helicopter with camera.

The innovative Zodiac system allows quick and safe transportation to shore destinations inaccessible for the cruise ship. These boats have length 6 m (19 ft), each powered by 4-stroke diesel engines, and with max capacity 12 people. The ROV can reach depths of 305 m (1000 ft) and allows passengers to view undersea areas not accessible even to the most experienced scuba divers. The underwater microphone listens to marine mammals and provides sound transmissions broadcasted in real-time (through the PA system) or recorded for later playback.

The ship's custom-designed floating marina platform is used to deploy sea kayaks at any location. A dedicated undersea specialist operates the underwater camera and dive often during the cruise. He uses cold-water gear to show HD quality real-time images of deep-water marine life and environment. The NatGeo naturalists on the ship use its video microscope (80x magnification) to explain to passengers all elements of the marine ecosystems. The real-time images are displayed on the Ice Lounge's TVs. The Ice Lounge features a state-of-the-art audio-video system and 39x LCDTVs for presentations, and an electronic chart displaying the current ship position, course and cruising speed.

NatGeo-Lindblad new ships (Ice Lounge)

In warm waters is offered snorkeling, with snorkeling gear (masks, snorkels, fins, wetsuits) complimentary provided to all passengers for the duration of the voyage.

The cruise ship also has a Library (reading lounge), Internet Cafe, Main Lounge (with full-service Bar), 24-hour beverage station (coffee, tea, water, juices), state-of-the-art conference facilities (for travel-themed documentary films, port talks, slideshows, media presentations), photo workshop, laundry rooms, Base Camp/mudroom (expedition base with expedition gear lockers and two sheltered locations for swift Zodiac boarding).

The "open bridge" policy allows 24-hour access (depending on weather conditions) to the Wheelhouse and the Captain or the officers on duty. The ship has Infirmary (with a full-time doctor) and dedicated expedition staff, including an undersea specialist, NatGeo photographer, NatGeo certified photo instructor, and a video chronicler.

With NatGeo Endurance Lindblad opened "CHANGE" - the first-at-sea permanent art installation (paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, videos) curated by Zaria Forman (1982-born American artist). By the CHANGE program, throughout the ship are exhibited artworks (from various international artists) themed on the polar region's beauty and vulnerability.


For 2020, Lindblad scheduled for Endurance a series of 8 "Inaugural Cruise" itineraries in the Arctic, including a Northeast Passage voyage from Norway to Alaska. These itineraries were themed as:

  • 11-day "Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light and Epic Ice" (April 2020, priced from USD 11600 to 45980.
  • 9-day "Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Isles" (May 2020, priced from USD 7970 to 31060.
  • 10-day "Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard and Northern Fjords" (May 2020, priced from USD 10290 to 40640.
  • 17-day "Coastal Wonders of Norway, Faroe Islands and Iceland" (June 2020, priced from USD 17160 to 67800.
  • 17-day "Arctic Exploration: A Voyage to Iceland, East Greenland, and Norway" (July 2020, priced from USD 17160 to 67800.
  • 26-day repositioning cruise "Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska" (July-August 2020, priced from USD 34750 to 137560.
  • 20-day "East Greenland: Wild Shores of the High Arctic" (August 2020, priced from USD 23870 to 94320.

Two itineraries (departures December 27, 2020, and the reverse on January 26, 2021) were themed "Epic Antarctica" and visiting 4 wilderness regions between Antarctic Peninsula, Ross Sea's ice shelf and New Zealand's sub-Antarctic Islands. The 34-day voyage was priced from AUD 61,000 pp.

National Geographic Endurance cruise ship (Lindblad)

However, due to the Coronavirus crisis, the new boat's entire 2020 program was canceled, including the rescheduled for November 9 (2020) 20-day Maiden Voyage from Ushuaia Argentina to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands.

Lindblad's Endurance ship was planned to start operations in 2021 (Inaugural Cruise date March 14) with a 30-day Transatlantic repositioning crossing ("Atlantic Isles Discovery From the Falklands to Madeira Cruise") leaving from Ushuaia to Funchal (Madeira Island, Portugal). However, the Maiden Voyage was again rescheduled - first for May 5th then for July 21st.

  • canceled/May 5, 2021 (7-day "Land of the Ice Bears - In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard Cruise" itinerary) with prices from USD 11760 (EUR 9765/GBP 8435) per person with double occupancy.
  • new/July 21, 2021 (19-day "Iceland and Greenland" itinerary) roundtrip from Reykjavik Iceland. The maiden Voyage's experience was themed on the region's coastal scenery (fjord cruising, landings, waterfalls) and wildlife (puffins, polar bears, walruses, whales). Prices started at USD 22190 (EUR 18570) per person with double occupancy.
  • The new ship's schedule in 2021 continued with 2x 13-day "Iceland and Greenland: Wild Coasts and Icy Shores" voyages (departure dates August 7 and 18) also roundtrips from Reykjavik with prices from USD 13350 (EUR 11170) pp.

Eventually, the Maiden Voyage was rescheduled for July 22, 2021, following the ship's naming ceremony in Reykjavik Iceland. The 19-day special itinerary (themed "National Geographic Endurance Inaugural: Iceland and Greenland") featured coastal and fjord cruising (including Westfjords), with numerous landings ashore. Prices started from USD 22190 (EUR 18850 / GBP 16140) per person with double occupancy (Category 1 cabin).

Followed two 13-day roundtrips ("Iceland and Greenland: Wild Coasts and Icy Shores" departing from Reykjavik in August (7th and 18th), with prices from USD 13350 (EUR 11340 / GBP 9710) pp.

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The shipbuilding contract between Lindblad Expeditions and Ulstein Verft was signed on November 7, 2017. On January 5, 2018, was the first vessel's steel-cutting ceremony (Ulstein yard/hull number 312) held at CRIST Shipyard (Gdynia Poland). On March 17, 2018, was the keel-laying ceremony, during which was also officially announced boat's name. The ceremony was attended by Sven Lindblad (company's President and CEO) and included the traditional coin-laying. During the ceremony was welded a commemorative silver coin - etched with the ship's name flanked by a penguin and polar bear (signifying planet's both poles) and etched with "To Explore and Understand the World".

On March 9, 2018, the shipbuilder Ulstein contracted ABB Group to deliver cruise ships' automation, propulsion, powerplant and digital equipment. The order was secured in early-April 2019. The package (including two Azipod DO thrusters per vessel) is fully integrated with ABB Ability System 800xA (safety/control) 24/7 connected to ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center (global network for remote real-time monitoring and support/diagnostics and predictive maintenance).

On April 23, 2019, the vessel's hull arrived at Ulstein Verft for outfitting (insulation works, electrical installations, engines, propulsion units). The hull and part of the superstructure were assembled at CRIST Shipyard (Poland) and towed to Norway by two tugboats. The Ulstein-CX104 ship was launched (floated out from drydock) on December 7, 2019.


The vessel's name honors the sailing ship Endurance (1912-built, 3-masted barquentine) in which the British polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922) started the Imperial Transantarctic Expedition (aka "Endurance Expedition", 1914-1917). Unfortunately, in November 1915, while navigating in the Weddell Sea, the sailing ship crushed into ice and sank off Antarctic Peninsula.

After completion, the vessel was towed from Poland to the Ulstein shipyard in Ulsteinvik (Hareidlandet Island, Norway) for outfitting. Boat's namesake is the 1992-built MS Sea Endurance (owned by Noble Caledonia).

In late-June 2019, Lindblad announced the polar-themed art exhibition on NatGeo Endurance ship called CHANGE. The shipwide art installation is a permanent exhibit curated by Zaria Forman - a US artist best-known for her hyper-realistic, large-scale pastel drawings of landscapes and remote locations. The collection incorporates a huge collection of art pieces (drawings, paintings, photographs, glass sculptures) made by 35+ artists and assembled throughout the cruise ship (in all public spaces plus 12 suites) and is also themed by deck.

NatGeo Endurance ship's christening ceremony was held on July 22, 2021, dockside in Reykjavik Harbor, Iceland. The naming ceremony was a closed event (exclusively for Lindblad's customers) and presided by the boat's two godmothers - Jen Martin (Lindblad's Director of Field Staff and Expedition Development) and Ana Esteves (Lindblad's Hotel Operations Director). Also present were Sven Lindblad (company's Founder) and Dolf Berle (company's CEO). The ship's Master was Captain Aaron Wood. The special event featured champagne and canapes service and live Icelandic music performances. Followed the 19-day Maiden Voyage (Reykjavik roundtrip) to destinations in Iceland and Greenland.


National Geographic Endurance ship technology

The ship design features Ulstein's patented X-BOW providing fuel efficiency and significantly improved stability in rough weather. The larger fuel and water tanks allow extended navigation in remote destinations. The hull is ice-strengthened and its higher ice-class allows access to territories deep into the polar regions. Modern stabilizers ensure stability at zero speed (when the ship makes a full stop for wildlife viewing or for landings/passenger embarkation and disembarkation).

The propulsion system is based on two Azipod DO units (produced by ABB 360-degree azimuthing thrusters, power output 3,5 MW each), which require 1/4 less power in comparison to units of equivalent performance. "ABB Ability" systems are also part of the equipment. "System 800xA" (distributed control and electrical control) further improves fuel efficiency and safety. This advanced marine technology integrates the power-propulsion-management systems into one platform, enabling the crew and land-based teams to monitor all the data needed for ship's optimal performance. ABB's Collaborative Operations System provides a real-time connection between the cruise ship and ABB Collaborative Operations Center experts who monitor 24/7 onboard technologies' performances. This feature is of utmost importance as the boat operates in remote polar areas. ABB Group has 7x land-based support centers that coordinate remote marine equipment analysis, monitoring, diagnostics, as well as predictive maintenance services. Company's "Electric-Digital-Connected" concept reduces on-call engineer services (up to 70%) and docking costs (up to 50%).

The Danish company VMS Group (General Electric's sales agent for Denmark) delivered the ship's all four General Electric marine diesel engines (models L250 and V250) produced by GE Transportation. The new GE engines integrate an upgraded control system, 2-stage turbocharging, high-pressure common rail injection and advanced scrubber system (EGR / exhaust gas recirculation). The advanced marine engine technology eliminates the need for SCR-equipment (Selective Catalytic System). It saves onboard space, releases load and tank capacities and also saves the costs associated with the equipment's purchase, installation, and maintenance. Skipping SCR, monitoring and dosing equipment (urea tanks) saves up to 75% onboard space and also reduces the shipbuilding time and cost.

Inaugural cruise 2021

Due to the Coronavirus crisis and the ongoing international travel uncertainties, Lindblad canceled the NatGeo Endurance ship's entire planned for 2020 program. The Maiden Voyage was rescheduled for 2021 - first for March 14, then for May 5, May 26, and eventually for June 9. The Inaugural Cruise (14-day Arctic Norway from Bergen to Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard Norway) was priced from USD 19565 (EUR 16175 / GBP 14055) per person with double occupancy.

The 30-day "Atlantic Isles Discovery From the Falklands to Madeira Cruise" (Transatlantic crossing from South America to Europe / March 14 - April 13, 2021) from Ushuaia to Funchal Madeira had to visit the Falkland Islands (UK), South Georgia Island (UK), Inaccessible Island and St Helena UK (Tristan da Cunha, St Helena Island, Ascension Island), Cape Verde (Sao Tiago, Fogo), Spain's Canary Islands (Santa Cruz de la Palma, La Gomera) and Funchal (Madeira Island). The maiden voyage had to end with a flight to Lisbon and a hotel stay (at Altis Avenida Hotel or similar). Prices started from USD 25350 per person with double occupancy.

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2020 (CANCELED)

Next are listed the scheduled for 2020 (and canceled) voyages in South America. Prices are in USD per person with double occupancy.

20-day "Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Fly-Cruise" ($28600 pp)

Date / TimePort
09 NovDeparting from Ushuaia, Argentina
11 Nov - 16 NovAntarctic Peninsula
19 Nov - 23 NovSouth Georgia Island, British Antarctica
26 Nov - 27 NovFalkland Islands, Islas Malvinas
29 NovArriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina
29 Novflight to Ushuaia

20-day "Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise"

Date / TimePort
29 NovDeparting from Ushuaia
01 Dec - 02 DecFalkland Islands, Islas Malvinas
05 Dec - 09 DecSouth Georgia Island, British Antarctica
12 Dec - 16 DecAntarctic Peninsula
19 DecArriving in Ushuaia

10-day "Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise ($18000 pp)

Date / TimePort
19 DecDeparting from Ushuaia
20 DecDrake Passage
21 Dec - 26 DecAntarctic Peninsula
29 DecArriving in Ushuaia

32-day "Ushuaia to Dunedin Cruise" ($48810)

Date / TimePort
29 DecDeparting from Ushuaia
30 DecDrake Passage
31 Dec - 11 JanAntarctic Peninsula
24 Jan - 25 JanMacquarie Island, Tasmania Australia
27 JanEnderby Island, New Zealand
29 JanSnares Islands, New Zealand
30 JanArriving in Port Chalmers-Dunedin, New Zealand

(2021) 15-day "Night Southern Patagonia Glaciers, Fjords and Wildlife Cruise" ($19450 pp)

Date / TimePort
27 FebDeparting from Ushuaia
28 Feb - 02 MarChilean Fjords, Patagonia
03 MarPuerto Natales, Chile
04 Mar - 05 MarChilean Fjords
05 MarPuerto Natales
06 Marcoastal cruising
07 MarMagdalena Island, Chile
07 MarPunta Arenas, Chile Antarctica
08 MarIsla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, Chile Antarctica
09 MarChilean Fjords
10 MarCape Horn, Chile Antarctica
11 Mar - 13 MarStaten Island, Isla de Los Estados, Argentina
14 MarArriving in Ushuaia


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