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Introducing National Geographic Endurance - UnMapped!

Experience the Exhilaration of Discovery in the World's Remote Places aboard a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation - National Geographic Endurance. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, she is designed to navigate polar passages year-round and safely explore uncharted waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Her patented X-BOW® is key to her design, providing powerful wave-slicing action which makes for an extremely smooth ride even in adverse conditions and reduces spray on deck for superior observation. Carrying just 126 guests, she offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

CABINS and SUITES:  National Geographic Endurance comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Cabins are efficiently designed, with sizes ranging from the 140-square-foot Solo Cabin to the 430-square-foot Category 7 Suite. Fifty-three of the 69 cabins, including all 12 of the solo cabins, will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. Comfort and convenience is found in every room With temperature controls and modern baths stocked with botanically inspired products. Cabins and Suites are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs and Wi-Fi connections. 


DINING:  Food served onboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Restaurant Two Seven Zero surrounds superb dining with stellar views, and provides a window on vital expedition team members - our galley staff. The Chef's Table is an innovative approach to private dining. Over the course of each voyage, all guests aboard will be hosted by our Chef. C. Green's, named for Shackelton's cook, offers an early riser breakfast, fresh salads and lighter fare, plus custom grilled selections at lunch and dinner. In addition, daily high tea, hors d'oeuvres at Recap, and BBQs in the Winter Garden provide treats and dining options. When weather conditions allow, lighter fare may be served on the Observation Deck. There is no assigned seating, and the dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you. 

PUBLIC AREAS include an Observation Lounge with bar - library - main lounge with full-service bar - state-of-the-art facilities for films/slideshows and presentations - a photo workshop area - and an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear.

WELLNESS:  The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studiogymtreatment rooms/Spa area, and high- and low-heat saunas with ocean views. Plus indulge in the infinity-style outdoor hot tubs.  A full-time doctor is onboard.  

SPECIAL FEATURES:  An undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler will accompany you throughout the journey.



  • EXPEDITION LANDING CRAFT: Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With 8 of these boats and two loading stations used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer guests off the ship quickly. The expedition landing craft are capable of comfortably carrying 10-12 people and are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat.
  • REMOTELY OPERATED VEHICLE: Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean.
  • KAYAKS: National Geographic Endurance will be equipped with a fleet of kayaks large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity. Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary - many of our guests will have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations.
  • UNDERWATER CAMERA: Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Plant-like crinoids and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment.
  • VIDEO MICROSCOPE: Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. 
  • HYDROPHONE: This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system.
  • ELECTRONIC CHART: An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge.
  • OPEN BRIDGE: You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. The Endurance’s open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit where you can enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers.
  • SNORKELING GEAR and WETSUITS: On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.

In 2020 Endurance embarks on a series of eight inaugural Arctic itineraries. Leave the fast-paced, modern world behind. Embark the new, state-of-the-art National Geographic Endurance for an epic journey from the remote reaches of Iceland to the rugged, ice-sculpted shores of Greenland and the spectacular fjords of Norway. Go ashore in the volcanic Westman Islands, then trace the route of legendary Viking explorer Erik the Red to Greenland’s ice-etched eastern coast, home to the world’s largest fjord system. We’ll chart a course north, seeking out big ice and fascinating Arctic wildlife before cruising to Norway to explore the magical Lofoten Islands and fjords that carve deeply into the country’s wild interior.

National Geographic Endurance
EXPEDITIONS IN: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

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