Lindblad Expeditions christens NatGeo Endurance

First of two X-Bow hulled expedition ships celebrated ahead of inaugural cruise

A christening ceremony for Lindblad-Expeditions‘ first purpose-built expedition ship in 50 years was held in Reykjavik, Iceland ahead of the vessel’s inaugural sailing last week. National Geographic Endurance was the first-ever ship to be christened in Reykjavik Harbour.

With a capacity of 126-passengers, National Geographic Endurance embarked on a 19-day voyage of Iceland and Greenland. The Polar PC5 Category A class ship will operate in the waters of the Arctic, Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands, Patagonia, Atlantic Isles, Norway, Northeast Passage and more.

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Named to honour explorer Ernest Shackleton, National Geographic Endurance embodies every innovation and concept Lindblad Expeditions has developed in 50+ years of expedition travel.

Godmothers Jen Martin, Lindblad Expeditions’ Director of Field Staff and Expedition Development, and Ana Esteves, Director of Hotel Operations, also gave a traditional blessing and broke a champagne bottle across the ship’s bow.

Godmothers - Ana Esteves and Jen Martin

Sven Lindblad, Founder and co-chair of the board of Lindblad Expeditions, and Dolf Berle, CEO, presided over the christening, joined by the ship’s Captain, Aaron Wood. The closed ceremony was held exclusively for Lindblad Expeditions guests who enjoyed champagne and canapés dockside while listening to Icelandic musicians before embarking on a 19-day inaugural itinerary exploring Iceland and Greenland.

Lindblad Expeditions is represented in Australia by Adventure World Travel.

Neil Rodgers, Managing Director of Adventure World Travel told LATTE:  “The launch of National Geographic Endurance is the start of a thrilling new chapter in travel – because just like her namesake, Ernest Shackleton, the ship embodies pioneering spirit, innovative thinking and a commitment to discovery as the world moves forward from the pandemic. And now, more than ever, guests are ready to get out there and explore wilderness areas and make their own discoveries.”

A fully stabilised vessel of the highest ice class, National Geographic Endurance features 69 all-balcony cabins and suites, and sports the standout Ulstein-designed X-Bow hull, enabling adventurous travellers to go where few can. The X-Bow design provides a smoother and quieter ride.

The expedition ship was delivered by Ulstein to Lindblad Expeditions in March last year ahead of its expected launch in April, however the global pandemic postponed the vessel’s debut until now.

Meanwhile, Lindblad Expeditions has launched its 2022/23 ReWild brochure featuring 21 new or refreshed expeditions into the most remote, seldom-seem and beautiful corners of the world.

Itineraries are categorised under six different themes including Wildness, Beauty, Isles, Human History, Adventures and Escapes.

Among the brand-new options are the:

  • 8-day Panama & Colombia: Exploring the Caribbean Coastal;
  • 15-day Coastal Japan: Imperial Dynasties & Modern Culture;
  • 9-day Wild Peru Escape: Amazon & Machu Sound;
  • 18-day Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords
  • 20-day Southern Odyssey: New Zealand and the Subantarctic Islands
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