Lindblad Expeditions has announced that National Geographic Resolution, its next-generation expedition ship purpose-built for polar navigation, has successfully completed sea trials in Norway’s Vartdal fjord, the outermost part of the Stor fjord, at the entrance of the iconic Geirangerfjord.

During the three-day trials, the ship was put through a series of exercises which tested engines, azipods, navigation systems and emergency maneuvers.

Sister ship to National Geographic Endurance which launched in Iceland on July 22, 2021, the 126-guest National Geographic Resolution is fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, Lindblad officials said. 

The ship features the distinctive X-Bow, which is designed to afford the smoothest, most comfortable ride imaginable, in all sea behavior, resulting in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions for reduced environmental impact.

Following sea trails National Geographic Resolution returned to the shipyard, Ulstein Verft, for its final outfitting before delivery set in Q4. 

The new passenger vessel will She embark on its maiden voyage — Journey yo Antarctica: the White Continent — on Nov. 7.