Take a look inside the National Geographic Endurance, a new Arctic cruise ship that’s designed to explore polar waters and where reservations are available starting in June

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National Geographic Endurance is an arctic cruise ship. Courtesy of Oclin
  • Adventure cruise company Lindblad Expeditions has developed a cruise ship to take guests on a journey across Arctic waters.
  • From the shape of the ship to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the National Geographic Endurance was designed for optimal arctic and ocean viewing. The ship is owned and operated by Lindblad.
  • National Geographic Endurance was scheduled to be unveiled in March, but the opening was postponed to later in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Lindblad Expeditions, an adventure cruise company, has engineered a ship to travel arctic territory. The ship boasts perks like massive glass windows, a yoga studio, and an eco-friendly design. It is owned and operated by Lindblad.

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Onboard the National Geographic Endurance. Courtesy of Oclin

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The ship, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, took two years to make and can accommodate 126 guests. Some trip itineraries include Svalbard, which is between Norway and the North Pole, and East Greenland, which is west of Svalbard.

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A fireplace inside National Geographic Endurance. Courtesy of Oclin

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With fire and ice decor theme, the ship has six guest decks and over 10,000 square feet of glass windows for arctic views.

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The Ice Lounge in National Geographic Endurance. Courtesy of Oclin

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This is the Ice Lounge, complete with 39 TV sets.

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National Geographic Endurance’s Ice Lounge. Courtesy of Oclin

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The ship’s dining room, called Restaurant 270º, has floor-to-ceiling windows that make for panoramic views.

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Restaurant 270º onboard the National Geographic Endurance. Courtesy of Oclin

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All of the cabins feature a “Command Centre,” which includes a National Geographic Atlas, barometer, analogue clock, digital tablet with daily programming, and several ports for charging devices.

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A suite onboard the National Geographic Endurance. Courtesy of Oclin

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The suites have walk-in closets and large windows.

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A suite closet onboard the National Geographic Endurance. Courtesy of Oclin

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The ship has a wellness studio called the Sanctuary.

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The Sanctuary onboard the National Geographic Endurance. Courtesy of Oclin

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The ship is home to two saunas, one high heat and one low heat, respectively — and fittingly — named Sauna Tropic and Sauna Nordic.

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Sauna Tropic onboard the National Geographic Endurance. Courtesy of Oclin

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The ship also comes with a glass-walled yoga studio.

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The yoga studio onboard the National Geographic Endurance. Courtesy of Oclin

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The National Geographic Endurance was engineered to explore polar areas and take longer-than-usual trips. It has a PC5 Category A ice class which means the ship can operate in the Arctic year-round with medium-sized floating ice surrounding it

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The National Geographic Endurance cruise ship. Courtesy of Oclin

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The ship’s X-Bow, which is the uniquely-shaped design of the front of the ship, makes for a smoother and greener ride. It has greater fuel efficiency and fewer carbon emissions, and it makes it easy to see wildlife with unobstructed straight-down views of the ocean.

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The National Geographic Endurance cruise ship’s X-Bow. Courtesy of Oclin

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The ship’s unveiling was scheduled for March, but it was postponed to later in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Reservations are available for expeditions in June.

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The National Geographic Endurance cruise ship. Courtesy of Oclin

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