Dispatches From National Geographic Resolution's Christening Ceremony
On November 22, 2021, National Geographic Resolution parked in fast ice in the Weddell Sea’s Duse Bay to perform a special inaugural ritual. Gathered alongside the ship, guests, staff, and crew watched as Captain Heidi Norling, Lindblad Expeditions’ first international fleet female captain, christened the brand-new polar vessel. Here’s a taste of what it felt like to be there.
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Guests take in the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic landscape in anticipation of the event.
From the Bridge Deck, Captain Heidi Norling and Captain Martin Graser prepare to kick off the ceremony.
Crew line the forward deck rails to watch Captain Heidi Norling throw the Champagne bottle over the bow.
Success! The bottle smashes against the ship.
National Geographic Resolution Christening Ceremony
Captain Martin Graser joins guests on the ice to make a toast to the newly-christened vessel.
Lindblad Expeditions' Captain Leif Skog, Vice President of Marine Operations; Captain Heidi Norling; Captain Martin Graser; and Nikolaos Doulis, Senior Vice President of New Builds.
National Geographic Resolution's Hotel Manager, Sebastian Guijarro, had bottles of bubbly at the ready.
Guests raise a glass in celebration.
To be the Captain of this ship is really special. It’s a custom-made ship for polar regions. It has so much capability [and] a lot of engine power. We will be able to do things that we have not been able to do before and discover new places that I’m really looking forward to.
Captain Heidi Norling
With a loud blast from the ship’s horn, a bottle of champagne was broken across the bow, and everyone cheered with delight. Glasses clinked, toasts were made, and bright smiles shone all around.