Lindblad Expeditions has announced plans to build two new 100-passenger ships.
The new ships will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 and will feature 50 cabins, 22 of which will feature a balcony.
The company CEO, Sven Lindblad, said: “These new ships mark an exciting step in the long-term growth of the company, and enables us to capitalize on the substantial demand for our expeditions. With our significant resources we can continue to deliver on our promise of expedition travel at its best, and we can now expand our unique offerings in the Americas where there is most demand.”
The expedition line, which has a partnership with National Geographic and owns six ships, offers voyages to Antarctica, Alaska, the Amazon and the Galapagos, with a focus on nature and wildlife.
The new ships will feature a large sun deck with al fresco bar and grill, a restaurant, lounge bar, and a dedicated room for lectures and presentations. Unlike most other expedition ships, they will host a fitness room and spa.
The ships will also be more technologically advanced than most other vessels, containing a video microscope, a hydrophone and bow-cam designed to hear and film humpback whale vocalizations and see bow-riding dolphins.
The new ships will be build in Washington and are to be U.S. registered.