Lindblad Expeditions Holdings has ordered a second polar expedition cruise ship at Norway’s Ulstein Verft.
A sister ship to the National Geographic Endurance, which is due for delivery in the first quarter of 2020, the fully stabilised vessel will be built to the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) with capacity for 126 passengers in 69 cabins.
The latest order will bring Lindblad’s polar expedition fleet to four vessels. In partnership with National Geographic, the company already operates the National Geographic Quest, delivered in July 2017, and National Geographic Venture, commissioned in December last year. The new vessel is due for delivery in the third quarter of 2021.
“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,” commented Sven Lindblad, the cruise company’s president and CEO. “We are confident that its sister ship will garner the same level of enthusiasm in the market.”