Major milestone for first X-BOW® polar vessel at Ulstein Verft


Today, the workers at Ulstein closely followed the hull arrival of the polar expedition cruise vessel ‘National Geographic Endurance’. This is the first X-BOW® polar vessel to be built at the yard. The Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. vessel will now undergo comprehensive outfitting work.

The hull of the 'National Geographic Endurance' arriving at Ulstein Verft.
The hull of the 'National Geographic Endurance' arriving at Ulstein Verft.

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The hull will be transferred to the yard’s dock hall, where insulation work and electrical installations will commence. All major equipment including engines and thrusters will be installed, and later the accommodation work will start. The vessel is planned for delivery in Q1 2020.

The CEO and President of Lindblad Expeditions, Sven Lindblad, was intrigued by the X-BOW® hull line solution, developed by Ulstein, for the first polar newbuild in their fleet. Read the Lindblad story in Sven’s own words.

The X-BOW® was originally created for offshore vessels in the North Sea with the goal of maintaining speed and comfort in some of the world’ s wildest seas. This ability is also found valuable to give a smoother ride through areas with potentially harsh weather to the remote polar areas.

Another aspect with the X-BOW® is the unobstructed view which enables optimal wildlife observations. The design enables forward and straight down-the sides viewing.

The ‘Endurance’ offers much space for the passengers. The vessel measures 124.4 metres and has accommodation for only 126 guests. The 69 spacious guest cabins and suites will include 12 cabins for solo travellers.

The ship’s luxuriously appointed interiors will afford gracious comfort and an unparalleled level of service, with the highest comfort class for guests to ensure a quiet and peaceful environment onboard.

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, an outdoor barbeque and bistro area, and an innovative approach to private dining.

Lindblad Expeditions also has an agreement with Ulstein on the design and construction of a vessel number two, for delivery 2021.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools.

ULSTEIN is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway. ULSTEIN delivers products and services within ship design, shipbuilding and equipment packages to the international market. For more than 100 years they have created tomorrow’s solutions for sustainable marine operations together with their partners. Since its introduction in 2005, more than 100 X-BOW® vessel designs have been delivered from Ulstein Group.

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