On the 7th of December, 2019, the first X-BOW® polar vessel was launched for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., into her right element. Using the Polar Class 5 (PC5) the ships will be able to reach the far polar areas. The X-BOW® can offer a comfortable journey to 126 passengers across harsh stretches of sea.
The National Geographic Endurance is the first of the two CX104 design vessels by Ulstein that is being constructed at Ulstein Verft, Norway. The yard is located 62 degrees north, four degrees south of the Polar Circle and at the edge of the North Sea which is one of the toughest oceans in the world.
The patented X-BOW® is the major part of the design of the vessel. The powerful wave slicing action offers a smooth ride even in the most toughest conditions and also decreases spray on deck for better observation.
The vessel has been named after the favorite vessel of the polar hero Ernest Shackleton, the Endurance. The most difficult polar expeditions were covered by the Endurance and her crew.
The modern, next-generation, National Geographic Endurance has been built for polar navigation and will offer more comfortable experience for the guests on board.
It is a fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code Category A vessel that has been designed in such a way that it can navigate through polar passages throughout the year and can securely discover unchartered waters. A complete suite of expedition tools is carried by it and a range of experience enhancing facilities are also provided. The extended fuel and water tanks of the ship helps in offering broader operations in remote regions.
The National Geographic Endurance has the capacity to accommodate 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Most of the cabins will have small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors which will bring in the great views and a lot of natural light.