"National Geographic Endurance", a multi-functional, polar expedition ship with an innovative X-BOW hull, has left CRIST shipyard. It will now sail to the Norwegian shipyard Ulstein Verft, where the finishing works will be done. The final recipient of the ship is Lindblad Expeditions.
The departure is the next step in the construction of the world’s most advanced polar expedition ship - "National Geographic Endurance," named in honour of legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton. A core feature is Ulstein’s signature X-BOW that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas. Fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, she will provide unprecedented access to polar environments. The ship has been designed to access the outside environment from anywhere on the ship. With 75% of the cabins featuring balconies for private viewing; multiple observation decks inside and outside, and new “observation wings,” the surrounding environs will always be accessible. Off-ship exploring will be greatly enhanced with an innovative Zodiac loading system which will allow everyone to get ashore quickly and safely, ensuring quick access to every destination.
The 69 spacious guest cabins and suites will include 12 cabins for solo travellers. The spa and fitness area will include treatment rooms, saunas, a fitness room, a relaxation area and yoga room; and there will be two infinity Jacuzzis for the utmost relaxation in pristine environments. Dining offerings include two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining.The vessels partly equipped hull has been built by CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, and the finishing works will be carried out by Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway. The final recipient of the ship is Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. The newest addition to Lindblad’s fleet is due to launch in Q1 2020. The National Geographic Endurance will safely explore unchartered waters and new latitudes, including Northeast Greenland, remote Jan Mayen island, the Northeast Passage, the rarely visited Western Antarctica, the impressive Ross Sea ice shelf, and more.