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The ship ordered by Lindblad Expeditions Holdings at the Ulstein shipyard should be delivered in the first quarter of 2020, with an option for following two ships in the coming years.
The ship will have 69 guest cabins and suites, and will include 12 cabins for solo travelers. One of its features is X-BOW®, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency and at the same time improving guest comfort in rough seas, and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions. The vessel's expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas, while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability underway, whether at zero speed when stopped for wildlife observation, or embarking/disembarking the ship.
In addition, it will be designed to access the outside environment from anywhere on the ship, thanks to 75% of the cabins featuring balconies for private viewing, multiple observation decks, and new observation wings. What's more, expedition tools for exploration such as kayaks, cross-country skis, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), hydrophones, a video microscope, underwater video cameras, a helicopter landing platform, will be available.
"We are incredibly excited to be working with Ulstein and their brilliant team of engineers and designers on this state-of-the-art vessel as we continue expansion of our fleet. It is the next step in the long-term growth of the company, and will be the most extraordinary global expedition ship in the world on a multitude of levels," Sven Lindblad, President and CEO, Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, said.
"The launch of this ship will mark the 50th anniversary year of the first-ever purpose-built expedition ship, Lindblad Explorer, which was built by my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, and will set another important milestone in the company's commitment to deliver expedition travel at its best," Sven Lindblad added.