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Thursday, February 28, 2019 

Expedition cruise operator Lindblad Expeditions Holdings has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and designer Ulstein to build a new polar vessel, expanding the line’s National Geographic polar fleet to four ships.

The new vessel will be the next phase of Lindblad’s fleet expansion following the launches of new builds National Geographic Quest in July 2017, National Geographic Venture in December 2018 and the scheduled delivery of National Geographic Endurance in Q1 2020.

The ship is scheduled for delivery in Q3 2021. Sister ship to National Geographic Endurance, the polar vessel will be fully stabilised with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, and will feature Ulstein’s signature X-Bow, which is claimed to afford the smoothest, most comfortable ride in all sea behaviour, which results in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions, for reduced environmental impact.

“We are extremely excited to announce this next phase in our growth strategy. National Geographic Endurance, and the unique itineraries that it is able to facilitate given its superlative capabilities, has been met with considerable excitement from both our existing guest community and those new to Lindblad-National Geographic, and we are confident that its sister ship will garner the same level of enthusiasm in the market,” said Sven Lindblad, president and chief executive officer of Lindblad. “These two ships will represent a whole new level of capability in expedition cruising, in terms of the level of comfort they provide guests, the regions and itineraries they are able to travel to and their ability to act as platforms for science in some of the most remote and pristine parts of the world.”

Like its sister ship, the new vessel will accommodate 126 passengers in 69 guest cabins and suites with 75% of the cabins featuring balconies.

 “We are thrilled to announce the build of this exciting new ship,” said Nancy Schumacher, executive VP, travel and 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”, stated 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”.

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