Lindblad Expeditions celebrated the launch of its second polar expedition vessel, National Geographic Resolution, on its inaugural voyage to “Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands.” Under Antarctica’s clear blue skies and parked on fast ice in the Weddell Sea’s Duse Bay, guests walked on to the ice to cheer on Captain Heidi Norling as she christened the 126-guest National Geographic Resolution.
The occasion marked a major milestone for Lindblad Expeditions as the second polar expedition ship in the company’s history—and their second vessel to launch in 2021. Both are in Antarctica for the season. “Seeing both of our new ships together in Ushuaia was very touching,” said Sven Lindblad, founder and co-chair of the Board, who recently completed the inaugural Antarctica voyage of National Geographic Endurance.
Named to honor the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle in 1773—navigated by Captain James Cook—National Geographic Resolution is fully stabilized and features the patented X-Bow technology, ensuring a smooth, comfortable ride in all kinds of conditions, allowing guests to cruise deeper into the polar regions. The ship’s interiors showcase Scandinavian style.
“There is over 1,000 years of combined team expertise that go into a moment like this,” said Dolf Berle, CEO, Lindblad Expeditions.
Following its season in Antarctica, National Geographic Resolution will mark its debut in Europe this spring. The ship will navigate from Portugal to France and Scotland to Norway. After a summer in the Arctic, National Geographic Resolution will return to Antarctica via Japan and the East China Sea, and the remote Pacific Islands.