National Geographic Endurance will be Lindblad Expeditions' first polar new-build; it is scheduled for delivery in January 2020. It will have a Polar Class 5 rating, which signifies that the ship has the capability to operate in polar environments at any time of year.
There will be 69 cabins onboard; 75 percent of these will have a balcony. Twelve cabins are being designed for solo travelers. The ship will also have one main dining room, an outdoor barbecue and bistro spot; a spa and fitness area with treatment rooms, a sauna, relation area and yoga room; and two infinity Jacuzzis.
Other features that ship will boast: an X-bow design, which provides fuel efficiency and smoother sailing; and expanded fuel and water tanks to provide for extended operations in remote areas.
The ship, which was named in honor of the ship Ernest Shackleton sailed in an attempt to cross Antarctica from sea to sea via the pole, is being built at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland.