The 126-passenger vessel is the first of the two X-bow polar ships, ordered by the cruise company Lindblad Expeditions. As the designer further commended, the "National Geographic Endurance" is scheduled for delivery in January 2020.

Designed to navigate polar passages year-round, the cruise ship goals to explore Northeast Greenland, remote Jan Mayen island, the Northeast Passage, while it is implemented with Ulstein’s X-Bow keys features which provides fuel efficiency, fewer emissions and easier access deep into polar regions.

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Later this year, the Lindblad Expeditions and Ulstein celebrated the vessel's keel laying at the CRIST shipyard in Poland, where they also officially named the ship. Concluding, according to the company's plans the second polar expedition ship is scheduled for launch in 2021.