National Geographic Resolution

126 guests
year built
ice class

The National Geographic Resolution, sister ship to the National Geographic Endurance, is a 126-guest innovative polar expedition ship set to begin sailing in Antarctica and the Arctic in late 2021. The ship’s name honors Capt. James Cook, the legendary explorer who was the first to circumnavigate Antarctica and cross the Antarctic Circle, and the first European to reach Hawaii. While he served as the master of several ships, his favorite was the Resolution. To seal the name, a rare, vintage, commemorative silver coin depicting Capt. Cook on one side and a Hawaiian chieftain on the other, is welded into the ship. It is a Hawaii Sesquicentennial half dollar, struck in 1928 by the United States Bureau of the Mint in honor of the 150th anniversary of Cook’s landing in Hawaii.

Set to begin sailing in late 2021, this educational polar vessel has a specifically designed hull to break through the tough pack ice, increasing the ability to explore these hard-to-reach destinations and making new expeditions possible. Her polar ice class 5 rating allows her to operate during any time of the year in polar environments, vastly expanding the range of exploration in Antarctica and the Arctic. Her ability to venture deeper paired with state-of-the-art educational equipment and highly qualified guides, create an in-depth intellectual and truly exploratory experience.

National Geographic Resolution Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ National Geographic Resolution review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our experts have been aboard nearly every small expedition ship in the polar regions. Please read our National Geographic Resolution review below then contact our small ship cruise experts to compare the National Geographic Resolution with other Antarctica shipssmall cruise ships and polar expedition ships offering Antarctica cruises, Arctic cruises, Chile cruises and Patagonia cruises.

Choose the National Geographic Resolution for a refined, scholarly and pleasant experience aboard a modern, innovative polar vessel with highly intellectual programming and unique polar itineraries that voyage into the depths of the Arctic or Antarctica. The National Geographic Resolution is equipped to be a floating home base in the most faraway places, with many educational tools and topnotch onboard guides trained to the standards of National Geographic. For these, and many other reasons, the National Geographic Resolution is among our top choices for passengers seeking Antarctica luxury cruises.

National Geographic Resolution Design & Sustainability

Designed and built by the Norwegian ship builders Ulstein Group, this ship is leading a new age of polar travel focused on sustainability, efficiency, safety and stability in mind. The Ulstein’s innovative, signature bow—the X-BOW®—creates a vessel with increased agility, security, performance and convenience and incorporates conservation-minded solutions to reduce the ship’s environmental impact.

This hull design also allows for excellent forward and downward viewing from numerous observation decks, including observation wings that extend out from the ship’s sides. Her larger volume displacement in the front of the ship, upturned bow and slender hull design offer higher fuel efficiency, improved performance in waves, increased stability in rough waters, softer entry into waves, reduced acceleration levels, less spray, less slamming and bow impact, and lower vibration. Her zero-steam stabilizers increase stability while anchored/not moving, and her expanded fuel and water tanks allow for longer expeditions to explore farther.

Common Areas Aboard National Geographic Resolution

Across her six guest decks, the Nat Geo Resolution boasts more than 10,000 square feet of glass for prime enclosed viewing. The interior is fitted with Scandinavian design that’s both enjoyable and contemporary. Fire and ice are the motif throughout the ship, reflecting the external surroundings that National Geographic Resolution cruises through. Photographers may enjoy the purpose-designed space for editing and collaboration, as well as access to a photo gear locker filled with photography equipment for guests’ use. This Nat Geo expedition ship takes relaxation and fitness seriously with spa treatments, saunas featuring amazing views, gym equipment, a yoga studio and two infinity-pool Jacuzzis.

Dining Aboard National Geographic Resolution

Resolution features multiple dining options to ensure her guests are nourished well between adventures. From various dining options, polar travelers can enjoy excellent views, early breakfast, private dining, al fresco BBQs (weather permitting), and daily high tea and hors d’oeuvres. Large menus offer an array of options including fresh and lighter fare; custom grilled items; and regionally inspired, sustainable and creative food.

Activities Aboard National Geographic Resolution

The Nat Geo Resolution features fast, painless and secure loading and unloading from its modern-designed Zodiac loading system. Onboard expedition tools include cross-country skis, kayaks, hydrophones, underwater video cameras, a remotely operated vehicle, a video microscope and more options yet to be announced.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard National Geographic Resolution

Cabins feature warmth-inspired decor, offering a comforting respite after a day spent exploring in polar environments. Large windows feature the outdoors while also being equipped with blackout shades to combat the midnight sun when it’s time to sleep. An impressive 75% of the cabins offer balconies and 12 are designed for solo travelers. All 69 cabins have a command center with atlas, barometer, clock, tablet, electrical ports and mirror, and a sofa or reading chair.