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A Luxurious Adventure with National Geographic’s New Expedition Cruise To The Antarctic
The spirit of adventure is in many of us. Some opt to visit different countries. Some opt to explore historical sites. Some prefer to go to places less trodden. An expedition cruise to the Antarctic certainly makes for an interesting adventure.
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National Geographic is best known for expeditions, adventures, and education. Needless to say, when National Geographic decides to open its doors and invite the general public on its expeditions, many would want to go. The allure of travelling with one of the world’s most famous adventure brands is in itself a strong calling. While there are a number of expeditions available, the expedition cruise to the Antarctic is new.
All National Geographic ships are owned, staffed and operated by Lindblad Expeditions. The newest addition to National Geographic’s fleet is the National Geographic Resolution, a sister ship to the National Geographic Endurance. The 126 guest state-of-the-art expedition vessel (National Geographic Resolution) was named to honour the second voyage of the legendary Captain James Cook.
[ Services on-board includes a full-time doctor, highly qualified guides, a National Geographic photographer… ]
Designed and built by the Norwegian ship builders Ulstein Group, National Geographic Resolution is a fully-stabilized vessel of the highest ice class, or Category A vessels (PC5 Category A). Her hull is specifically designed to break through tough ice. This enables the National Geographic Resolution to bring adventurous guests deeper into the Antarctic and the Arctic, to places few can get to. Her patented X-Bow® guarantees the smoothest and most comfortable ride in most kinds of conditions. Another plus is a much quieter ride.
The patented X-Bow®, its like an upside-down bow. The X-Bow® is made to slice through ice. Both National Geographic Endurance and Resolution uses the X-Bow® hull.
The National Geographic Resolution has sixty-nine spacious outward facing cabins fitted with large windows or balconies. This allows guests to be constantly connected to the world outside. All rooms come with private bathrooms, individual climate control, Wi-Fi, and an expedition command center with tablets and USB/mobile device docking. These expedition tools helps guests with the exploration.
Large cabins with large windows, glass doors, and balconies with place to sit at and relax while taking in the views.
The ship’s facilities include a gym, yoga studio, infinity style hot tubs, saunas with ocean views, and a spa for guest to kip fit and to relax. To chill and dine there is an internet café, a lounge with bar, and two restaurants that serves regionally sourced cuisines. For intimate dining there is a chefs table for small groups. Other facilities are a library, state-of-the-art facilities for films (also slideshows and presentations), a photo workshop area, etc.
The sauna and gymnasium are some of the facilities available on board.
Being away from civilization and being on an adventurous expedition, certain services will be awesome and important to have. Should there be a need of a medical emergency a full-time doctor is available. Highly qualified guides are available to take guests on mini expeditions.
Photography and videos are important on expeditions. Hence the services of a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler are available. Other services include a wellness specialist, and laundry service.
The restaurant and lounge.
Sailing on a ship in only part of the experience. No expedition is complete without getting off the ship and experiencing the place itself. The National Geographic Resolution carries a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing crafts, kayaks, snowshoes, and cross-country skis; essential items for getting to land and start exploring.
The National Geographic Resolution will start taking guests on expeditions to the Antarctic beginning with its first trip on 17th November 2021. The 24-days cruise will sail through the Antarctica, South Georgia, and then the Falklands. Guests will be able to trace the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s fateful journey in 1914, from $25,890 per person (does not include flight).
Visiting the area on a Zodiac.
Other than tracing Sir Ernest Shackleton’s fateful journey, guests will get to see the three distinct regions, with possibility to cross-country ski and walk with snowshoe across the frozen sea ice (conditions permitting). The area is home to vast colonies of penguins and guests get to create incredible images with them with the help of National Geographic photographers.
For further information, visit Lindblad Expeditions
*Photos courtesy of National Geographic, Lindblad Expeditions, Ulstein Group, Ralph Lee Hopkins, Øivind Haug, and Oclin.
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