New York - With around 20 expedition ships entering the cruise market between 2018 and 2020, over 10 in 2019, travellers are setting sights on destinations that were previously out of reach, some only accessible now by cruise ship. The pace of newbuilding is set to continue this year, with new orders placed over the last few weeks. Lindblad Expeditions has signed an agreement with Ulstein to build a new polar vessel, expanding the line’s National Geographic polar fleet to four ships.
The vessel will be the next phase of Lindblad’s fleet expansion following the launches of newbuilds National Geographic Quest in July 2017, “National Geographic Venture” in December 2018 and the scheduled delivery of National Geographic Endurance in Q1 2020. The new ship is scheduled for delivery in Q3 2021.
Sister ship to “National Geographic Endurance”, the polar vessel will be fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, and will feature Ulstein’s X-Bow.