National Geographic Endurance Completes Sea Trials

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 17, 2020

Image: Bennett Goldberg (Lindblad Expeditions)

Image: Bennett Goldberg (Lindblad Expeditions)

Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endurance successfully completed its first sea trials in Storfjorden, the entrance to Norway’s Geirangerfjord.

The next-generation expedition ship is a purpose-built for polar navigation and the first polar new build for Lindblad Expeditions.

During the trials, the ship was put through a series of exercises which tested engines, azipods, navigation systems and emergency maneuvers.

The first of two new polar vessels for the line, the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance is fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, and features the distinctive X-Bow which will afford the smoothest, most comfortable ride imaginable, in all sea behavior, resulting in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions for reduced environmental impact.

National Geographic Endurance is back in the shipyard currently undergoing final outfitting before delivery set in March.  

She will embark on her maiden voyage, Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light and Epic Ice on April 2, 2020 followed by a series of  expeditions exploring areas both familiar and new, presenting unprecedented opportunities to explore further, including the Northeast Passage.

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