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Lindblad Expeditions christens National Geographic Resolution in Antarctica

Lindblad Expeditions has celebrated the launch of their second new polar vessel, National Geographic Resolution, on her inaugural voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

Lindblad Expeditions has celebrated the launch of their second new polar vessel, National Geographic Resolution, on her 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 onto the ice to cheer on Captain Heidi Norling as she christened the 126-guest National Geographic Resolution.

“I wish this ship calm winds, fair seas, and great adventures. May everyone who sails with her be blessed,” remarked Captain Norling as she tossed the bottle.

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National Geographic Resolution Christening in Antarctica. Image: Ralph Lee Hopkins

Following some remarks from Captain Martin Graser, guests, staff, and crew celebrated with a Champagne toast in the time-honoured tradition – with Adélie and gentoo penguins watching close by.  

The occasion marked a major milestone for Lindblad Expeditions as the second polar new build in the company’s history – and their second vessel to launch in 2021.

Both are in Antarctica for the season.

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National Geographic Resolution Christening in Antarctica. Image: Ralph Lee Hopkins

“Seeing both of our new ships together in Ushuaia was very touching,” noted Sven Lindblad, Founder and Co-Chair of the Board, who just completed the inaugural Antarctica voyage of National Geographic Endurance

“They are extraordinary ships.  We had very high expectations when we were building them — and their performance has far exceed them.” 

Named to honour the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle in 1773 – navigated by the legendary Captain James Cook – Lindblad Expeditions says National Geographic Resolution is fully stabilised and features the patented X-Bow® technology guaranteeing the smoothest, most comfortable voyage in all kinds of conditions, and will enable guests to go where few have or can deeper into the polar regions.

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National Geographic Resolution Christening in Antarctica. Image: Ralph Lee Hopkins

“There is over 1,000 years of combined team expertise that go into a moment like this, and what an amazing team it is.” noted Dolf Berle, CEO, Lindblad Expeditions.  

“We are so proud of everyone that worked tirelessly to create this extraordinary ship.”  

Following her season in AntarcticaNational Geographic Resolution will make her debut in Europe in 2022.

She will navigate from Portugal to France and Scotland to Norway in style.

After spending the European summer in the ArcticNational Geographic Resolution will return to Antarctica via Japan and the East China Sea, and the remote Pacific Islands.