Lindblad Expeditions Holdings has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build a new polar vessel with greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions than previous expedition ships.
The new ship will be built to the highest ice class category (PC5 Category A) and will feature Ulstein’s X-BOW concept, which generates a greater displacement volume from the waterline than conventional bulbous bow shapes. The tapered fore ship shape with a different volume distribution as well as sectional angles, results in a wave piercing effect at small wave heights and reduces pitching and bow impact loads in bigger seas.
The latest addition expands the line’s National Geographic polar fleet to four ships. The vessel will accommodate 126 passengers once delivered in Q3 2021.
“We are thrilled to announce the build of this exciting new ship,” said Nancy Schumacher, executive vice president, travel & tour operations, National Geographic Partners. “This is yet another example of our ongoing success and continued expansion of the National Geographic-Lindblad partnership.
“We are very pleased that Lindblad, a global leader within expedition cruises, again has chosen Ulstein as designer and builder of their new expedition cruise vessel. We see this as a sign of confidence in all our employees,” commented Gunvor Ulstein, CEO, Ulstein Group. “We have learned to know Lindblad as a highly competent and experienced customer and we look forward to continuing our good and constructive cooperation.”