National Geographic Endurance

A state-of-the-art polar expedition cruise ship. The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas. The ship has the highest comfort class for guests to ensure a quiet and peaceful environment onboard. ​Due to Polar Class 5, the ship can operate year-round in polar environments.

Vessel type




Built by

Ulstein Verft AS



Owned by

Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic

Yard number


Designed by

Ulstein Design & Solutions AS

Principal dimensions

124.4 m
21 m
Dead weight:
Approx 1,250 tonnes
Draught (max):
Approx 5.3 m
Speed (max):
16.5 kn
260 POB

Note: Subject to selected variant configuration




  • DnV GL +1A, Passenger Ship, ECO, NAUT(AW), Clean Design, BWM(T), Recyclable, COMF-V(1), COMF-C(1), VIBR, Silent(E), BIS, LCS(DC)
The main lounge on the National Geographic Endurance,
The main lounge on the National Geographic Endurance,

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The vessel is named in honour of Ernest Shackleton, Lindblad Expeditions’ most revered explorer.

A core feature is Ulstein’s signature X-BOW® that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions.

The ship has been designed to access the outside environment from anywhere on the ship. With 75% of the cabins featuring balconies for private viewing; multiple observation decks inside and outside, and new “observation wings,” the surrounding environs will always be accessible. Off-ship exploring will be greatly enhanced with an innovative Zodiac loading system which will allow everyone to get ashore quickly and safely, ensuring quick access to every destination.

The 69 spacious guest cabins and suites will include 12 cabins for solo travellers. The spa and fitness area will include treatment rooms, saunas, a fitness room, a relaxation area and yoga room; and there will be two infinity Jacuzzis for the utmost relaxation in pristine environments. Dining offerings include a main restaurant with outstanding views to the surroundings, and an outdoor barbeque and bistro area.

Ship history

November 2017: Ulstein Verft contract announcement

5 January 2018: Steel cutting
17 March 2018: Keel-laying
23 April 2019: Project start-up at Ulstein Verft

According to Lindblad Expeditions, the 'National Geographic Endurance' is a:
"Next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities."

Cabin on the 'National Geographic Endurance', courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions.

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