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KEEL LAID FOR SECOND ULSTEIN-DESIGN LINDBLAD POLAR CRUISE NEWBUILD

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings and Ulstein Group have celebrated the keel laying of Lindblad’s second polar newbuild at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland.

The occasion served as the official naming ceremony of the vessel. National Geographic Resolution was named to honour the legendary explorer James Cook. Capt 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 MS Resolution.

The newbuild is sister ship to the National Geographic Endurance which is being finalised at Ulstein Verft. The 126-guest Polar Class 5 Category A vessel will feature Ulstein’s X-Bow, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into Polar Regions. The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilisers will ensure stability, whether at zero speed or full steam ahead.

Lindblad Expeditions works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet, producing innovative marine expedition programmes to promote conservation and sustainable tourism. Ulstein Group developed the ship design for the Lindblad duo and is responsible for the completion and delivery of the vessels from its yard, Ulstein Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway.

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