How a-BOAT this! Luxury Gdynia ship prepares to make a splash as it heads for final touch up ahead of maiden voyage
Vaunted to be one of the most innovative passenger ships ever to be built, the National Geographic Resolution is due to arrive in Norway tomorrow for the final stage of work after being towed from Gdynia on Friday.
Purposefully designed for Polar cruises, the Ice Class PC5 vessel has been built for Lindblad Expeditions, a firm specializing in far-flung destinations such as Antarctica, the Russian far east, Alaska and the Galapagos Islands.
Measuring 125 metres in length, and accommodating 126 passengers, the sister ship of the National Geographic Endurance has been christened such in reference to Captain Cook’s ship of choice, the HMS Resolution; among Cook’s numerous accomplishments, in 1773 he became one of the first people to successfully cross the Antarctic Circle by boat.
In contrast to the original Resolution, the Gdynia-built craft will not, however, be short on luxuries. Featuring a yoga studio, spa, saunas with ocean views, two infinity hot tubs and a lounge with panoramic views, the vessel will also tout sixty-nine luxury cabins, among them a number of 40 sq/m suites.
Furthermore, passengers will have access to equipment such as kayaks, cross-country skis, Zodiac landing craft, underwater video cameras and remote-controlled vehicles.
Set to attract nature enthusiasts, guests will also be able to enjoy environmental lectures led by scientists and researchers and make use of a custom-designed photo editing studio.
Beyond the wealth of its leisure offer, the state-of-the-art ship has made a splash for harnessing an array of cutting edge technologies that will enable it to operate all year round.
Defined by its Ulstein X-Bow, this feature has been specifically introduced to maximize fuel efficiency whilst also slicing waves to ensure smooth sailing even in the most inclement conditions.
The bow’s design should simultaneously result in a reduction in noise and vibrations while also lessening the chance of ice forming on the decks as a result of ocean spray.
Meanwhile, expanded fuel and water tanks will allow for extended journeys to remote, hard-to-access locations.
Executed by the Crist shipyard in Gdynia, the initial construction of the hull will now be followed by final finishing touches and fit-out in the Norwegian Ulstein shipyard before the vessel enters service next year.
Established in 1990 by two friends, the Crist shipyard and shipbuilding firm has become one of the world leaders in the manufacture of specialized boats and maritime structures.
Keen proponents of eco solutions, recent years have seen the firm become particularly active in the construction and servicing of offshore wind farms.