Both vessels were purpose built by the Ulstein Verft shipyard on behalf of Lindblad Expeditions, a leading provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel.
The two cruise ships, christened ‘National Geographic Endurance’ and ‘National Geographic Resolution’ were designed for expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Both vessels are based on the revolutionary X-BOW hull concept. Instead of rising with the waves and then dropping with colossal force, the X-BOW distributes the force more evenly across the hull’s surface – enabling the ship to remain more stable and use less fuel.
“These regions can often be desolate, with high winds, harsh weather conditions and big temperature fluctuations. This in turn sets tough requirements for stable ventilation and cooling systems,” says Vidar Hungnes, Ulstein’s Discipline Leader – HVAC, Production.