Ulstein floats on the X-Bow expedition cruise ship

The expedition cruise ship is placed on the development dock (Photo: Ulstein Group / Per Eide Studio)

Posted on June 10, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. by

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Norwegian Ulstein Verft has launched a new expedition cruise ship continuing the company’s introduction of the unique X-Bow design to the cruise industry. According to the shipyard, the X-bow offers tremendous benefits to exploration cruise ships that sail to some of the world’s most remote destinations.

The 408-foot-long polar-class cruise ship, National geographic resolution, was one of the first to use the X-Bow, which Ulstein also used for a range of commercial vessels adapted to harsh weather conditions. According to the designers, the wave-cutting action of the bow will provide a smoother ride for the ship’s 126 passengers while allowing the cruise ship to navigate difficult expanses of sea, such as Antarctica. It also improves the fuel efficiency of the vessel and reduces spray on deck, allowing superior observation with a closer view of the hull due to the shape.

Construction of the cruise ship, which is under construction for Lindblad Expeditions, began with steel cutting in May 2019 and assembly in September 2019 at CRIST SA in Gdynia, Poland. The construction of the hull and steel frame, along with the installation of the main engines, bow thrusters, stabilizers and major HVAC equipment, were completed in Poland before the vessel was towed to the shipyard. Ulstein in Norway in October 2020. Ulstein is completing all of the ship’s electrical and hotel equipment, which is expected to be delivered later in 2021.

The first of two sister ships, National Geographic Endurance, a sea trial (Lindblad Expeditions)

the National geographic resolution, which is named after explorer James Cook’s favorite ship, was floated out of the building’s lobby on June 8. With a Polar Class 5 (PC5) designation, the ship and its sister ship delivered to Lindblad in February 2020, can travel far into the polar areas and are allowed to begin their polar voyages up to two weeks before other cruise ships. shipping.

To enable the ship to make extended exploration trips to remote areas, the ships are also fitted with enlarged fuel and water tanks. Passengers will be accommodated in 69 exterior cabins, 53 of which will offer private balconies. The ship will also carry a full suite of expedition tools and offer a variety of experience enhancing equipment.

In addition to the two Lindblad expedition cruise ships built by Ulstein in Norway, Sunstone also builds a class of Ulstein-designed, China-built expedition cruise ships that also use the X-Bow.

Before the pandemic interrupted global cruising, the shipping segment was one of the fastest growing segments of the cruise market. Small vessels are expected to gain popularity with travelers again as the shipping market picks up.

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