Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Resolution left Ulstein’s construction hall last week and is now berthed alongside for final outfit.
The vessel is a sister to National Geographic Endurance, delivered in 2020, and will be handed over to the New York-based expedition cruise line during the final quarter of this year.
Both ships are of CX104 design from Ulstein Design & Solutions AS and have the shipbuilder’s distinctive X-Bow®. This is an important feature, Ulstein said in a statement, giving a powerful wave-slicing action that provides good sea-keeping in rough conditions.
With Polar Class 5 notation, the 126-passenger vessels are able to venture deep into polar waters. The National Geographic Resolution has extra fuel and water tanks enabling longer voyages in remote areas.
Most of the 69 outside-facing cabins have balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that provide spectacular views and plenty of natural light, Ulstein said.
The vessel will now complete the outfitting process, with a particular focus on interior spaces, prior to the start of sea trials.
Second Lindblad cruise vessel commences final outfit