After months out of sight in the dock hall at Ulstein Verft, Norway, the 126-passenger expedition cruise vessel National Geographic Resolution for Lindblad Expeditions was docked out this week. Specially designed for polar waters, the vessel is scheduled for delivery in Q4.
The Covid-19 pandemic has slowed down the world-wide cruising industry, but the expedition cruise companies are now reactivating operations. Having vessels with a moderate number of passengers, in combination with large public spaces, is a winning combination in these times, and the travellers are eager to return to cruising. The new ship deliveries are in high demand among passengers.
The polar vessel National Geographic Resolution is sister vessel to the National Geographic Endurance, delivered in 2020. They are of the CX104 design and feature the designer’s signature X-Bow. With Polar Class 5 (PC5), the vessels can go far into polar areas, and this enables Lindblad to start their polar travels up to two weeks ahead of the other expedition cruise vessels.
The X-BOW is a key element in the vessels; its powerful wave-slicing action provides a smooth ride across harsh stretches of sea, securing a comfortable transit for her 126 passengers. It also reduces spray on deck and allows for superior observation with closer view to the hull due to the shape.
The vessel holds 69 outside-facing cabins, most of which will feature balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light.
National Geographic Resolution was named to honour the legendary explorer James Cook. Captain Cook was the first to circumnavigate Antarctica, cross the Antarctic Circle, and the first European to reach Hawaii. While he captained several ships in his career, his favourite was the HMS Resolution of which he said, “She is “the ship of my choice”, the fittest for service of any I have seen”.
The 2021 version of the Resolution is a state-of-the-art and safe platform for polar exploration. She is purpose-built for polar navigation. The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas. A fully stabilised, 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 will carry a full suite of expedition tools and offer a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.
After her launch, the vessel will undergo finalising work at the shipyard before her sea trial period commences.