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 LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NEW FOR 2017 UPDATE: SHIPS, ITINERARIES, DESTINATIONS

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
NEW FOR 2017 UPDATE: SHIPS, ITINERARIES, DESTINATIONS

NEW SHIPS:

National Geographic Quest, First New Build in Company’s History

On June 26, 2017 Lindblad Expeditions will be launching its first ever new build, National Geographic Quest, currently being built in Seattle. The 100-guest coastal ship will bring guests to the same remote spots the fleet has explored for decades while setting a new standard in comfort and style.  As the primary focus is the world outside, all public spaces are designed for maximum viewing with easy, quick access to decks for inevitable announcements from the bridge of a phenomenal sighting. An outdoor walkway around the entire sun deck will feature an al fresco bar and grill, in addition to the restaurant and a lounge with bar and facilities for presentations. The ship will feature 50 cabins, 22 with balconies, eight that can be configured into four adjoining cabins for families; all category 5 cabins can accommodate a third guest. The ship will be outfitted with a fleet of 24 sea kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and Zodiacs — all of which are geared to get guests out and into the wild, remote places being explored; state-of-the-art expedition technology, including a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), video microscope, and a hydrophone and bow-cam designed for immediate bow deployment to hear and film, for instance, humpback whale vocalizations and see bow-riding dolphins.   

Her inaugural voyage will be on the June 26, 2017 departure of “Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia.”  This 13 day expedition will give the ship a day in the San Juan Islands and a day in the Gulf Islands before heading north through BC and Alaska.   Rates begin at $9,390 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

National Geographic Endeavour ll in Galapagos

The completely transformed Via Australis, renamed the National Geographic Endeavour ll makes her debut in Galapagos in January 2017.  The newest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet, she ship will accommodate 96 guests in 52 outside cabins.  The most family friendly ship in Galapagos, Endeavour ll will feature seven sets of cabins with a connecting door, and six triples, with nine solo cabins for singles.

All new & redesigned: Cabins, forward lounge and bar, restaurant, large library with Mac kiosks, open-air observation deck, underwater gear area and dual Zodiac boarding platform.  She is exceptionally nimble and maneuverable, with great viewing from all public spaces, large windows in cabins and suites, state-of-the-art tools for exploration, and a fast, seamless twin Zodiac loading platform.

Expedition equipment includes nine Zodiacs, including one with a glass-bottom, kayaks and paddle boards, snorkel gear and wet suits for both adults and children, video microscope and underwater video camera.  The ship will also feature a new LEXSpa and fitness center, exercise classes and wellness specialist.

 

NEW ITINERARIES

CUBA

•                     Cuba by Land and Sea: Cultural Heritage and Natural Wonders:  an 11-day people-to-people program aboard the 44-guest Panorama ll that combines extraordinary exchanges with Cubans today that capture the country’s vibrant culture and political history, with exploring Cuba’s remarkable natural history and pristine marine habitats.  The well-curated people-to-people exploration begins with a three-night stay at the historic Hotel Nacional.  The program then takes to the sea for a seven-night voyage that will blend nature, culture and history as it explores Cuba’s southern coast.  Explore the stunning Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) Marine Park*—a crown jewel of the Caribbean, with some of the finest coral reefs in the world. Visit the Bay of Pigs*; explore well-preserved colonial Trinidad and Cienfuegos; and experience the music and cuisine for which the country is rightfully famed. * Pending permission from Cuban officials and subject to change.  The first program departs December 7, 2016, with16 consecutive departures through March 2017. Rates begin at $9,550 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

ALASKA

•                     Wild Alaska Escape:   Six days aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird. The most active adventure offered by Lindblad, this expedition in wild, pristine Alaska was designed for those with limited time, but an unlimited sense of adventure and the opportunity to engage in some challenging activities. On this expedition you will explore the region’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes, and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan.  In Haines the “adventure capital of Alaska,” activities include a three-hour bicycling trip around a stunning glacial lake; half day hikes up a few of the region’s most dramatic mountains or, for the most fit, a trek up Mt. Riley. Others may choose to float down the Chilkat River, through an area rich with native tradition as well as the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world. In the more remote stretches of the voyage, enjoy guided, point-to-point kayak trips with the ship as your moving basecamp.  Or, head out in expedition landing craft to zip around sculpted icebergs, or to land on remote beaches for hikes in dense and dramatic Tongass National Forest. Rates begin at $4,290 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin, with 12 departures beginning May 27 through August 30, 2017.

•                     Big Picture Alaska: an 11 day expedition aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird spanning the full north-south expanse of Alaska’s Inside Passage, with a special focus on photography. The immersive, wide-ranging photo expedition takes Lindblad’s wildly popular week-long expedition and expands it, adding in the striking Misty Fiords at the lowest reaches of Alaska’s inside passage and Haines, “Alaska’s Adventure Capital” in the northernmost corner.  It’s the perfect mix of small-town life and the grand expanse of the wild landscape that surrounds it. Guests will raft though the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve; explore Glacier Bay National Park; search for humpback whales with time in Clarence Strait, a popular feeding area; kayak amid glacial ice, hike the Tongass National Forest and learn about the region’s rich Tlingit heritage – while shooting with the expertise of an industry-leading expedition photography team of National Geographic photographers and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors.  Rates begin at $8,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.  Four departures beginning June 16 through August 5, 2017.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST

·         Exploring British Columbia & The San Juan Islands: 8 days aboard the new 100-guest National Geographic Quest. Discover the powerful wilderness and warm charm of the Pacific Northwest as you explore places like the Strait of Georgia’s rich archipelago where wildlife lingers and larger ships cannot go. Venture to the spectacular San Juan Islands and sail through channels of British Columbia that teem with sea life. Enjoy cuisine that mirrors the region, and discover charming towns and First Nations heritage sites. This one-way voyage between Seattle and Vancouver allows ample time to strike deep into Alert Bay and linger in the verdant, photogenic fjords of British Columbia. Rates begin at $4,990. Four departures on September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2017.

EUROPE 

•                     England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales: A Circumnavigation: 19 days aboard the148-guest National Geographic Explorer.  Embark on a holistic circumnavigation that encompasses Britain, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Discover the wild, rugged, seldom-seen islands of the west, as well as stately Edinburgh, historic Portsmouth and Lindisfarne, and dramatic Iona and Staffa. Walk through Stone Age village ruins 5,000-years-old, examine the history of WWII up-close, Zodiac cruise beneath the towering Cliffs of Moher, and hoist a pint or two with spirited natives in cozy pubs throughout the land. You’ll explore ancient sites in moody landscapes to learn about culture and history in lands that have been continuously inhabited since Stone Age times. Departs April 29, 2017.  Rates begin at $18,380 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
 

•                     Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea: 14 days aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion. Explore eight countries united by the Baltic Sea, discover their intertwined histories, and encounter fascinating cultures. Delve deeper through dramatic water approaches, foray into character-filled villages and island stops for quiet walks. Wander along the medieval walled city of Visby, explore dazzling St. Petersburg over two days, dine on local specialties and enjoy private musical performances—or have a deck party in the tranquil Swedish Archipelago. Enjoy ample choices and avenues for exploration in each of the cities. And explore from a privileged vantage point—going by ship allows us to sail routes of the old Hanseatic League, in the paths of early traders and nobles, and it lets us enter the cities as they were meant to be—by sea. Departs May 21 and June 3, 2017.  Rates begin at $14,840 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

ARCTIC

•                     Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland: 9 days aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer. Discover the true natures of fiery Iceland and icy Greenland on a wide-ranging adventure in a compact timeframe. Over just nine days you’ll soak in the heat of Iceland’s thermal baths, choose to take a cooking class or try horseback-riding on an Icelandic horse, and explore the cool urban capital of Reykjavík. See Greenland’s epic ice cap that covers 80% of the country by air, then sail along its ice edge with glaciers that can stretch over 100 miles and calve some of the largest icebergs on Earth. Venture into Greenland’s long fjords choked with massive bergs and call at small communities to meet the hardy inhabitants. And we will be on the lookout for the legendary Northern Lights and their cascades of color. Departs August 22 & August 26, 2017.  Rates begin at $6,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
 

•                     Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland: 14 days aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion. Sail beneath the midnight sun, overseas steeped in Norse mythology, and along the route of the boldest Vikings who ventured west. Meet the welcoming islanders who call the scenic Faroes home—Danes by nationality and Vikings by blood. See the graves of their Viking ancestors and explore their tiny towns of turf-roofed homes. On Scotland’s outlying isles you’ll discover a 5,000-year-old village and see the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar.  And in the west, on a near circumnavigation of Iceland, see this geologically roiling land just as the Vikings must have, from thundering waterfalls and boiling springs, to islands so young the earth still steams. Departs June 22 and August 13, 2017. Rates begin at $13,690 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

•                     Iceland’s Wild West Coast to East Greenland: 10 days aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion. Sail the route of early Viking explorers and discover a region of epic ice home to the Arctic’s iconic creatures: polar bears, whales, and vast seabird colonies. Actively explore Iceland’s Westfjord region: hike through valleys awash in wild orchids, wild thyme, and woolly willow; make your way over layers of basalt visibly cracked and carved in the last ice age. Ice permitting, venture into the largest fjord system in the world to cruise among magnificent icebergs and visit the welcoming communities where people live close to their ancestral traditions. Follow in the wake of the 10th-century Viking explorers, learning of their bold, history-making expeditions. Departs August 5, 2017.  Rates begin at $9,130 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

AMAZON

•                     Photo Expeditions on the Upper Amazon: 10 days aboard the 28-guest Delphin ll. Voyage to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s rain forest on a highly immersive photo expedition with National Geographic photographer Jonathan Irish and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors. Improve your photo skills while you skim past massive lily pads, peer up at towering ceiba trees, and witness glorious sunsets on the still waters of the Amazon River basin. Slip through an intricate network of jungle waterways in a skiff or kayak, spotting various types of bird species, as well as caimans, tamarins, and sloths. Take advantage of talks, presentations, and slideshows. Jonathan launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program, and specializes in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures abroad. He has photographed on all seven continents. Departs March 18 and March 25, 2017.  Rates begin at $6,690 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin. 
 

And New for 2018…

BELIZE

•                     Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World: 8 days aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Quest. Embark on a unique land-and-sea expedition to discover Mayan ruins overgrown with tropical rain forest and incredible, seldom-seen reefs. Snorkel among some of the 65 species of stony coral and 500 species of fish on the Belize Barrier Reef. Then venture to the ancient Maya ruins of Tikal to explore the stories and archaeological sites of these stone temples swathed in rain forest and teeming with wildlife. Departures February 8 through March 10, 2018.  Rates begin at $5,490 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

Information source: LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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