Lind­blad grows fleet

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

LIND­BLAD Ex­pe­di­tions has inked a deal with Nor­we­gian ship­builder Ul­stein for an ex­pe­di­tion ves­sel, due for de­liv­ery in the first quar­ter of 2020.

The ship will be the line’s first polar new-build in its fleet and the agree­ment in­cludes the op­tion for two ad­di­tional ships to be de­liv­ered in sub­se­quent years.

It will be built in Ul­stein­vik, Nor­way, and be de­signed as “the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­di­tion plat­form with a fo­cus on safety and com­fort, as well as in­cor­po­rat­ing in­no­va­tive sus­tain­abil­ity so­lu­tions to re­duce its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact,” ac­cord­ing to Lind­blad.

The ship will fea­ture Ul­stein’s X-BOW, which works to im­prove guest com­fort in rough seas, a very high ice-class, ex­panded fuel and wa­ter tanks for ex­tended op­er­a­tions in re­mote ar­eas and zero-speed sta­b­lis­ers.

There will be 69 cab­ins and suites, in­clud­ing 12 for solo trav­ellers and 75% of cab­ins will fea­ture bal­conies.

The ship will of­fer new “ob­ser­va­tion wings,” and be equipped with a Zo­diac load­ing sys­tem al­low­ing pax to get ashore quickly and safely, a he­li­copter land­ing plat­form, a re­motely op­er­ated ve­hi­cle, un­der­wa­ter video cam­era and more.

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