Ulstein launched X-BOW polar vessel for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings

Ulstein launched X-BOW polar vessel for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings
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The first X-BOW® polar vessel for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., was launched into her right element on Saturday 7 December 2019. ​Due to Polar Class 5 (PC5), the ship can venture far into polar areas. The X-BOW® secures a comfortable transit for her 126 passengers across harsh stretches of sea.

The National Geographic Endurance is the first of two vessels of the CX104 design from Ulstein for construction at Ulstein Verft, Norway. The yard is situated at 62 degrees north, just four degrees south of the Polar Circle, and at the edge of one of the world’s toughest oceans, the North Sea.

The maritime expertise in this region stretches back to the Viking era. The vessel’s patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides a smooth ride in adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. This makes the vessel perfectly suited for adventures to far-away places.

That’s one of the reasons why the vessel has been named after the polar hero, Ernest Shackleton’s, favourite vessel, the Endurance. The Endurance and her crew endured the toughest of polar expeditions. The modern, next-generation, National Geographic Endurance, is purpose-built for polar navigation and will provide far more comfort for those onboard.

A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code Category A vessel, she is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities. The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas. 

The National Geographic Endurance comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Most cabins will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light.

The vessel will undergo finalising work prior to her delivery in 2020.