NEW YORK — A new polar expedition ship will soon make its way to Lindblad’s fleet, bringing the company’s total number of polar vessels to four.
The Board of Directors of Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., has authorized the building of the new ship, which is scheduled for delivery in 2021. This will mark the next phase of Lindblad’s fleet expansion following the launch of the National Geographic Quest in July 2017, the addition of the National Geographic Venture in December 2018, and the delivery of the National Geographic Endurance in Q1 2020.
According to the company, demand for “high quality and authentic expedition travel” continues to increase, both through market expansion as well as from sustained investment in its marketing and sales infrastructure.
In addition to the new ship, Lindblad will have three other polar vessels: National Geographic Explorer and the National Geographic Orion, both currently in operation, and the National Geographic Endurance, coming in early 2020.
On how the new vessel will contribute to the company’s expansion, Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This is the next step of our long-term growth strategy to capitalize on the expanding demand for high quality adventure travel. By marrying additional capacity with a dedicated and growing loyal customer base and fifty years of experience, we will be able to build upon our proven track record of delivering unparalleled expeditions to the world’s most remarkable destinations.”