Lindblad, in partnership with National Geographic, is the leading provider of experience-adventure cruising. Specially designed small ships venture to destinations other lines can only dream of, edging their way into remote locations to access outstanding wildlife and wilderness. Founded by Sven-Olof Lindblad in 1979, the cruise line attracts the best naturalists and environmental experts in the world to lecture, lead shore excursions and generally enhance the voyage. National Geographic photographers regularly join the sailings, along with underwater specialists, a video chronicler and historian. A multitude of technical equipment on board adds to the experience; ships feature Zodiacs, underwater cameras, diving gear and hydrophones. Cosy cabins and tasty sustainable-sourced food suit the well-heeled, educated guests who seek spontaneous stargazing over bingo.
Small-scale ships carry less than 150 passengers, created or re-built to cope with the rigours of inaccessible and sometimes hostile environments. All carry the National Geographic moniker. Polar-expedition vessels have ice-strengthened hulls and every vessel is equipped with a vast array of apparatus and toys to enhance each destination. A further selection of chartered ships completes the fleet.
Itineraries include Arctic, Antarctica, Alaska, Baja California, Amazon, Galapagos, Vietnam & Cambodia and Europe, including Scotland.
Cabins are comfortable and functional with picture window or balcony, climate control, television, environmentally sensitive toiletries and National Geographic Atlas.
Food and Drink
Fresh, local, sustainable food is served in an open-seating arrangement with guests, staff and invited experts dining together. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed.
Ships carry all the best technology and equipment to ensure the maximum experience factor during the voyage. Facilities are geared towards adventure and exploration with a vast range onboard including Zodiacs, snorkelling gear, diving equipment and kayaks.
A holistic approach to wellness is encouraged amongst guests with a fully integrated programme of exercise, fitness and spa therapies. The Bridge is open for visits and many guests choose to spend hours sitting here, enjoying the view and chatting to officers. The library and chart room are also always popular.
The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund supports projects to preserve and protect wilderness locations, local communities, conservation, research and development. These initiatives are carried out on a regional level, targeting areas the cruise line explores, as well globally.
Photos courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions