National Geographic Expedition Cruise Vessel ‘Resolution’ Hits The Water

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After months out of sight in the dock hall at Ulstein Verft, Norway, the 126-passenger expedition cruise vessel ‘National Geographic Resolution’ for Lindblad Expeditions was docked out on 8th June 2021. Specially designed for polar waters, the vessel is scheduled for delivery in Q4, says in article published on ulstein website.

Polar Vessel

The polar vessel ‘National Geographic Resolution’ is sister vessel to the ‘National Geographic Endurance’, delivered in 2020. With the Polar Class 5 (PC5), the vessels are able to go far into polar areas, and this enables Lindblad to start their polar travels up to two weeks ahead of the other expedition cruise vessels.

Both are X-BOW vessels of the CX104 design from Ulstein Design & Solutions AS.

X-BOW vessels

The X-BOW is a key element in the vessels; its powerful wave-slicing action provides a smooth ride across harsh stretches of sea, securing a comfortable transit for her 126 passengers. This makes the vessel perfectly suited for adventures to far-away places.It also reduces spray on deck and allows for superior observation with a closer view of the hull due to the shape.

The vessel holds 69 outside-facing cabins, most of which will feature balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light.

Why it’s name is National Geographic Resolution?

The ‘National Geographic Resolution’ was named to honour the legendary explorer James Cook. Captain Cook was the first to circumnavigate Antarctica, cross the Antarctic Circle, and the first European to reach Hawaii. While he captained several ships in his career, his favourite was the ‘MS Resolution’.

2021 version Resolution

The 2021 version of the ‘Resolution’ is a state-of-the-art and safe platform for polar exploration. She is purpose-built for polar navigation. The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas. ​A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code Category A vessel, she is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. She will carry a full suite of expedition tools and offer a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

Summary

  • ‘National Geographic Resolution’ for Lindblad Expeditions was docked out on 8th June 2021. 
  • With the Polar Class 5 (PC5), the vessels are able to go far into polar areas, and this enables Lindblad to start their polar travels.
  • The X-BOW is a key element in the vessels; its powerful wave-slicing action provides a smooth ride across harsh stretches of sea.
  • The ‘National Geographic Resolution’ was named to honour the legendary explorer James Cook.
  • The 2021 version of the ‘Resolution’ is a state-of-the-art and safe platform for polar exploration.

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Source: ulstein.com

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