Lindblad Firms Up Option for Second Polar Vessel, Q3 2021 Delivery

National Geographic Endurance

Lindblad Expeditions announced today that it has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build a new polar vessel, expanding the line's National Geographic polar fleet to four ships, according to a press release. 

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 new ship is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2021. Sister ship to National Geographic Endurance, the polar vessel will be fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel.

"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."

Like its sister ship, the new vessel will accommodate 126 passengers in 69 spacious guest cabins and suites, and is being designed to connect guests to their environment and be the ultimate platform for exploration. 

"We are thrilled to announce the build of this exciting new ship," said Nancy Schumacher, executive vice president, travel & tour operations, National Geographic Partners. "This is yet another example of our ongoing success and continued expansion of the National Geographic-Lindblad partnership."

"­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­We are very pleased that Lindblad, a global leader within expedition cruises, again has chosen Ulstein as designer and builder of their new expedition cruise vessel. We see this as a sign of confidence in all our employees," stated Gunvor Ulstein, CEO at Ulstein Group. "We have learned to know Lindblad as a highly competent and experienced customer and we look forward to continuing our good and constructive cooperation."

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