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Lindblad Expeditions acquires another polar expediation ship

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 16 - 2007

National Geographic Endeavour (image courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions)

Lindblad Expeditions acquired its seventh ship, an ice-class polar expedition vessel that will carry approximately 150 passengers.

Lindblad bought the 1982-built Lyngen from Hurtigruten (formely known as Norwegian Coastal Voyage).

The vessel will be renamed National Geographic Explorer and is scheduled to enter service next summer after undergoing extensive renovations.

The National Geographic Explorer will be overhauled to house exploration equipment such as zodiacs, kayaks, hydro-phones, underwater HD cameras and a remote-operated vehicle. Additional enhancement plans include the development of multiple dining venues, a lounge area for educational presentations and a luxury spa.

Lindblad said the ship will be deployed from the Arctic next summer and will sail to Greenland, Iceland, the Canadian Arctic and down the U.S. East Coast before continuing to Antarctica via the West Coast of South America.

Lindblad plans to highlight the eight-month transformation of Lyngen into National Geographic Explorer by posting blog entries and photos from the shipyard on its Website.

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