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Thursday, June 10, 2021 

After months out of sight in the dock hall at Ulstein Verft, Norway, the 126-passenger expedition cruise vessel ‘National Geographic Resolution’ for Lindblad Expeditions has been docked out, on time for scheduled delivery in Q4 2021.

After a Covid-induced slowdown, the cruise industry is beginning to reactivate. Having vessels with a moderate number of passengers, in combination with large public spaces, is a winning combination in these times, and the travellers are eager to return to cruising. The new ship deliveries are in high demand among passengers.

The polar vessel National Geographic Resolution is sister to the National Geographic Endurance, delivered in 2020. With Polar Class 5 (PC5), the vessels are able to go far into polar areas, and this enables Lindblad to start polar travels up to two weeks ahead of the other expedition cruise vessels.

Both are X-Bow vessels of the CX104 design from Ulstein Design & Solutions. The X-Bow is a key element in the vessels; its wave-slicing action provides a smooth ride across harsh stretches of sea, securing a comfortable transit. This makes the vessel well suited for remote locations, while reducing spray on deck and allowing for superior observation with a closer view of the hull due to the shape. The vessel holds 69 outside-facing cabins, most of which will feature balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors.

The National Geographic Resolution was named to honour explorer Capt James Cook, 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 Resolution.

The 2021 version of Resolution is purpose-built for polar navigation. The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas. A fully stabilised, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code Category A vessel, she is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore uncharted waters, while providing high comfort. She will carry a full suite of expedition tools and offer a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

After her launch, the vessel will undergo finalising work at the shipyard before her sea trial period commences.

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