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A look inside Lindblad's newly delivered National Geographic Endurance

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National Geographic Endurance is sailing — albeit without passengers for now
Lindblad Expeditions posted a video preview of its first polar newbuild, National Geographic Endurance, delivered by Ulstein Verft in March.

If not for the coronavirus pandemic, the ship would have been welcoming passengers aboard inaugural voyages in the Arctic this month.

The video shows National Geographic Endurance's X-Bow, a design patented by Ulstein, for a smoother ride and better seakeeping.

Big bridge

The open bridge has enough room for the entire ship's 126 passengers, according to Capt. Aaron Wood, and at water level the Base Camp houses two sheltered areas to board the Zodiacs.

National Geographic Endurance has roomy accommodations including suites and sleek Scandinavian interiors. Artist Zaria Forman curated a permanent polar art exhibit.

Twin igloos

The Ice Lounge provides 39 flat-screen televisions for presentations. Restaurant 270º is named for its panoramic views, with floor-to ceiling windows. The Sanctuary wellness center offers a yoga studio and infinity Jacuzzis, while twin igloos offer panoramic views and seating on fur-covered daybeds.

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