Lindblad Reveals Details of National Geographic Endurance
Sven Lindblad, CEO & President of Lindblad Expeditions, has unveiled the line's first polar newbuilding – the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance.
The ship, named to honor explorer Ernest Shackleton, is planned for delivery in 2020. She will be fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel. National Geographic Endurance is being built by Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein and will have an X-Bow designed for providing a comfortable ride and high fuel efficiency. The X-Bow also enabling optimal forward and straight down-the-sides sightseeing, so passengers don't need to lean out over the deck rail.
National Geographic Endurance's interior was conceived by Partnership Design in Hamburg. With a total of six guest decks, the ship has over 10,000 square feet of glass.
The ship will feature a suite of Lindblad's signature tools for exploration including a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, an ROV, hydrophones, video microscope and underwater video technology.
In 2020 National Geographic Endurance will embark on a series of eight inaugural Arctic itineraries which include sailing to Svalbard, the Northeast Passage and Greenland.