Lindblad: Looking at More Newbuilds or Acquisitions of Cruise Ships

The National Geographic Endurance under construction in Norway

With robust demand, Lindblad Expeditions is not done expanding its expedition and adventure cruising portfolio as the company has confirmed it is looking at additional newbuilds and acquisitions of existing cruise vessels, according to Sven-Olof Lindblad, president and CEO, speaking on the company’s first quarter earnings call on Thursday.

Lindblad introduced two U.S-flagged coastal ships in 2018 and 2019 in the National Geographic Quest and Venture. Both of those ships will operate in the Alaska cruise market this summer.

A new blue-water polar expedition ship, built to Polar Class 5 specifications, was delivered in 2020 as the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance joined the fleet from Ulstein in Norway. The ship has yet to see paying guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A sister vessel, the 126-guest National Geographic Resolution, joins the fleet in the third quarter this year.

Both newbuilds will operate in Antarctica for the 2021-2022 cruise season.

Cruise Industry News Email Alerts

 

Email Newsletter

Get the latest breaking cruise news. Sign up.

Cruise Ship Orderbook

77 Ships | 177,102 Berths | $50 Billion | View

New 2022 Executive Guide

Cruise Industry News Executive Guide

Highlights:

All Operators

All the Contacts

Fleet Listings

New Brands

Full Coverage

Order Today

2022 Drydock Report

2022 Drydock and Refurb Report

Highlights:

Mkt. Overview

All The Trends

100+ Pages

PDF Download

Refit Schedule

Order Today