Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc has recently announced that it has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build a new polar vessel.
The new ship is scheduled for delivery from Ulstein Verft in Q3 2021. The vessel is sister ship to National Geographic Endurance, which is currently under construction.
This state-of-the-art vessel will be the next phase of Lindblad’s fleet expansion following the launches of new builds National Geographic Quest in July 2017, National Geographic Venture in December 2018 and the scheduled delivery of National Geographic Endurance in Q1 2020.
The polar vessel will be fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, and will feature Ulstein’s signature X-BOW®, a unique design that affords the smoothest, most comfortable ride imaginable, in all sea behaviour, which results in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions, for reduced environmental impact.
‘A unique design that affords the smoothest, most comfortable ride imaginable’ “We are extremely excited to announce this next phase in our growth strategy. National Geographic Endurance, and the unique itineraries that it is able to facilitate given its superlative capabilities, has been met with considerable excitement from both our existing guest community and those new to Lindblad-National Geographic, and we are confident that its sister ship will garner the same level of enthusiasm in the market,” said Sven Lindblad, president and chief executive officer of Lindblad.
“These two ships will represent a whole new level of capability in expedition cruising, in terms of the level of comfort they provide guests, the regions and itineraries they are able to travel to and their ability to act as platforms for science in some of the most remote and pristine parts of the world.”