Lindblad Expeditions has announced that it has signed an agreement with Norway’s Ulstein to build a new 138-passenger expedition vessel.
The contract price is $134.6 million and delivery is planned for January 21, 2020, with the potential for an early delivery as soon as November 18, 2019.
The order has been placed with Ulstein’s Ulsteinvik shipyard in Norway together with an option for two more ships to be delivered in subsequent years.
A core feature of the new ship’s design is Ulstein’s unique X-Bow, which provides fuel efficiency and significantly improved guest comfort in rough seas, as well as a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions.
This bow form has already proven itself reliable on dozens of existing non-passenger ships.
The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas, while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability while standing still for wildlife observation or embarking/disembarking operations.
The delivery of this ship will mark the 50th anniversary of the first-ever purpose-built expedition ship, the 96-berth Lindblad Explorer, ordered by Lars-Eric Lindblad in 1969.