First cruise ship of 2023
From Port of Jersey
20th April 2023
Jersey’s first cruise ship of 2023 is due to arrive in St Aubin’s Bay tomorrow (Friday 21 April).
The National Geographic Resolution was built in 2021 as a polar expedition cruise ship and is part of Lindblad Expeditions fleet. She will be visiting Jersey as part of an eight-day trip from Bordeaux to Dublin. The ship carries up to 126 passengers and they will have the option of taking a tour around Jersey while the ship is anchored in St Aubin’s Bay.
This is the first time the NG Resolution has been to Jersey, and this means a maritime tradition will be upheld through an exchange of plaques between the ship, on its first visit to the Island, and Ports of Jersey. The plaques will be exchanged on this occasion between the ship’s captain and Pierre Chays, one of Ports of Jersey’s pilots.
Pierre said: “It is great to uphold these maritime traditions and I’m looking forward to welcoming the ship into Jersey’s harbour for the first time. Hopefully she will return to the Island in the years to come, when she isn’t on her polar expeditions.”
The ‘National Geographic Resolution’ was named to honour the legendary explorer James Cook. Captain Cook was the first to circumnavigate Antarctica, cross the Antarctic Circle, and the first European to reach Hawaii. While he captained several ships in his career, his favourite was the ‘MS Resolution’.
When the NG Resolution leaves Jersey, she will continue to Guernsey before heading to Cornwall, Wales and then Dublin.
Twelve cruise ships are due to arrive in Jersey waters over the summer months.