Linblad’s first polar newbuild completes sea trials

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 19 February 2020


Sea trials of the National Geographic Endurance has been successfully carried out over the weekend. The first polar newbuild for Lindblad Expeditions is returning to Ulstein Verft, for the final construction phase before setting off to explore the Arctic.

The sea trials included exercises of the propulsion and navigation systems and emergency manoeuvres such as a live test of the Safe Return-To-Port requirements. During the sea trial, people from several disciplines in Ulstein such as design, engineering and project management, have worked closely together with the site team and captains of Lindblad Expeditions. In the concluding part of the sea trial, the ship owner crew will have ample time to operate the vessel alone.


The 124m National Geographic Endurance is Lindblad Expeditions first polar newbuild and has been designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions o include the Group’s signature X-Bow configuration. A state-of-the-art polar expedition cruise ship. The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas. The ship has the highest comfort class for guests to ensure a quiet and peaceful environment onboard. ​Due to Polar Class 5, the ship can operate year-round in polar environments.

The ship has been designed to access the outside environment from anywhere on the ship. With 75% of the cabins featuring balconies for private viewing; multiple observation decks inside and outside, and new “observation wings,” the surrounding environs will always be accessible. Off-ship exploring will be greatly enhanced with an innovative Zodiac loading system.

The 69 spacious guest cabins and suites will include 12 cabins for solo travellers. The spa and fitness area will include treatment rooms, saunas, a fitness room, a relaxation area and yoga room; and there will be two infinity Jacuzzis for the utmost relaxation in pristine environments. Dining offerings include a main restaurant with outstanding views to the surroundings, and an outdoor barbeque and bistro area.

The vessel can accommodate 126 passengers, 112 crew and 22 others.

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