Designed by Ulstein Design and Solutions, the vessel will be built by Norwegian yard Ulstein Verft.
The shipyard also has options to build two additional vessels for Lindblad Expeditions to the same design.
The new vessel, which will feature 69 guest cabins and various on-board facilities, is scheduled to be delivered by the first quarter of 2020.
Once delivered, the ship will be deployed to carry out exploration cruises in remote polar areas.
“Electrical solutions are more reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible than their mechanical counterparts, as well as better aligned with digitalisation.
“Similarly, Azipod propulsion achieves greater manoeuvrability and improves passenger and crew comfort on-board, while its gearless construction reduces environmental risk.”
The Azipod DO propulsion units are designed to consume 25% less installed power than propulsors of equivalent performance.
They are also capable of allowing the vessel to navigate through sea ice and comply with regulations for operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
A part of the strategy is focused on seven land-based centres coordinating remote equipment analysis, monitoring and diagnostics, as well as predictive maintenance services.