National Geographic Endurance completes sea trials

National Geographic Endurance, a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation and the first polar new build for Lindblad Expeditions, has successfully completed the sea trials around Storfjorden, Norway.  


During the trials, made in the entrance of the famous and beautiful Geirangerfjord, the ship was put through a series of exercises which tested engines, azipods, navigation systems and emergency maneuvers.

The first of two new polar vessels ordered for the cruiseline, the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance is fully stabilized with the highest ice class of any purpose-built passenger vessel, and features the distinctive “X-Bow” which will afford the smoothest, most comfortable ride imaginable, in all sea behavior, resulting in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions for reduced environmental impact.

National Geographic Endurance is now back in the shipyard for final outfittings. The delivery is sheduled in next March. She will embark on her maiden voyage, Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light and Epic Ice on April 2, 2020. Other incredible cruises are sheduled for the Arctic region and other remote areas, like the thrilling Northeast Passage.

A beautiful new expedition cruise ships is quite ready to be delivered, adding in the cruising world another beatiful vessel and a long list of unique itineraries. Follow Cruising Journal for more informations and further news.


Gabriele Bassi