Lindblad’s X-Bow Expedition cruise ship sets sail on maiden voyage



Endurance at its baptism in Reykjavik (Lindblad)

Posted on July 26, 2021 at 11:22 PM by

The maritime executive

The new polar cruise ship specially designed by Lindblad Expedition, the National Geographic Endurance, embarked on her first shopping trip after a christening ceremony in Reykjavik. The event was the first of its kind for an international ship in the city’s port. The christening was chaired by not one but two sponsors, Lindblad’s director of field staff, Jen Martin, and director of hotel operations, Ana Esteves.

National Geographic Endurance is a 126-passenger expedition cruise ship built to IACS Polar Class 5 Category A (year-round operation in medium first-year ice) specifications. This is roughly equivalent to the specifications of the South African icebreaker Needles II, and it does Endurance the most rugged passenger ship in service today. She has an X-Bow hull, a feature which is desirable for low slam on sustained gear passages in heavy weather. Given its small-scale and rugged design, it was possible for two non-cruise shipyards – CRIST in Poland, who built the hull, and Ulstein, who made the interiors and final equipment – to complete its construction.

Its maiden voyage will be a 19-day tour of Iceland and Greenland, with the option of disembarking passengers on the shores of Greenland. Fares start at $ 22,000 per person, or just over $ 1,100 per person per day, about seven times the cruise industry average for large ships.

the Endurance cannot hold the title of the highest ice class passenger ship for long. by Ponant Commander Charcot, a true icebreaker built to the PC2 standard, recently completed its Arctic ice trials and is back in port near Andalsnes, Norway. It is the only vessel of any type built to the PC2 polar class, indicating year-round operation in moderate multi-year ice. The majority of recently built government research icebreakers are designed to less demanding standards (PC3 or PC4).



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