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National Geographic Endurance features Ulstein's patented X-Bow design

National Geographic Endurance completes first sea trials

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

The ship was put through a series of exercises testing its engines, Azipods, navigation systems and emergency maneuvers.

PC5 Category A

The first of two new polar vessels for the line, the 126-passenger National Geographic Endurance is is built to PC5 Category A standard and is fully stabilized.

It features the distinctive X-Bow, a patented Ulstein design, for a smoother ride and better seakeeping, which should result in greater fuel efficiency/reduced emissions.

National Geographic Endurance has returned to Ulstein Verft for final outfitting prior to scheduled delivery in March.

Northeast Passage

The maiden voyage, ‘Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light and Epic Ice,’ is set to embark April 2, followed by a series of expeditions exploring areas both familiar and new to Lindblad.

Among the new: the Northeast Passage, with sailings on July 16 from Tromsø, Norway, to Nome, Alaska, and the reverse route on Aug. 9.

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