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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 

The hull of the polar expedition cruise vessel ‘National Geographic Endurance’, the first X-Bow polar vessel to be built by Ulstein, has now arrived at the Ulsteinvik yard for outfitting and completion.

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 early 2020.

Operator Lindblad Expeditions chose the X-Bow hull line solution, developed by Ulstein, for the first polar newbuild in its fleet, based on the design's ability to maintain speed and comfort in areas with potentially harsh weather en route to the remote polar areas. Additionally, it offers passengers an unobstructed view which enables optimal wildlife observations.

The 124.4m Endurance offers space for 126 passengers in 69 guest cabins and suites, including 12 cabins for solo occupancy. It has been designed to the highest comfort class offering guests a quiet and peaceful environment. Facilities onboard include spa and fitness area with treatment rooms, saunas, fitness room,  relaxation area and yoga room, plus two infinity Jacuzzis. Dining offerings include a main restaurant, outdoor barbeque and bistro area.

Lindblad has ordered a second ship, for delivery in 2021. The travel company works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organisations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programmes and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. Educationally orientated voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers.

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