Five Years for National Geographic Explorer

Lindblad Expeditions will mark the fifth anniversary in 2013 of its flagship National Geographic Explorer, the line’s 148 guest state-of-the-art expedition ship, with seven new itineraries that will connect guests to incredible places, cultures, and people around the world – including a pair of special expeditions that combine spectacular destinations and an array of world-renowned special guests to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society in 2013.

National Geographic Explorer Expeditions / Photo © Michael S Nolan

National Geographic Explorer Expeditions / Photo © Michael S Nolan

New Itineraries:

· Celebrating 125 Years of National GeographicEpic South America: One of the most ambitious expeditions Lindblad has ever offered, the 38-day journey will begin in Trinidad and end in Buenos Aires, Argentina visiting eight countries. Guests will have the rare opportunity to explore three legendary rivers—the Orinoco, Amazon and Essequibo. We will voyage the diverse coastlines and visit colonial towns such as Ilhéus and Parati, vibrant cities including Montevideo and Buenos Aires, and exhilarating Rio de Janeiro. Among the journey’s myriad facets: unique riverine and rain forest habitats, virgin beaches, and special access to Fernando de Noronha to explore and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Guests will travel in the company of an equally epic roster of world-renowned experts including Cesar Gaviria, the former President of Colombia, who will discuss the political and economic climate of South America and his extraordinary efforts to protect the world’s oceans; National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence ethobotanist Wade Davis, and Johan Reinhard, who uncovered Incan human sacrificial sites; National Geographic Fellow Thomas Lovejoy; ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar, a world tastemaker and global explorer who will put together performances by some of the continent’s most talented artists; Priscilla Ann Goslin, New York Times bestselling author; and National Geographic photographers Tyrone Turner, Cotton Coulson, and David Wright. Departs September 18, 2013. Rates begin at $34,730 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

· Celebrating 125 Years of National GeographicThe Canadian Maritimes: Guests will return to the roots of exploration on this 8-day journey through eastern Canada and around the island of Newfoundland. The expedition will retrace the routes of the Vikings and European explorers, and features an insider’s look at the home of one of the world’s most famous inventors. Guests will get a rare, up-close view of the region’s maritime history as they sail through The Narrows of St. John’s, Newfoundland and soak in ageless maritime traditions, historic lighthouses, tiny fishing hamlets, ruins of ancient Viking civilizations and the relics of WWII defenses. Wildlife seekers can walk the beach or head out on Zodiac and kayak adventures as expedition experts keep a keen eye out for whales beginning their southerly migration. The region’s trademark cultural melting pot will be on display, from the seaside cafes and shops of the French outposts of Miquelon and Saint Pierre to the distinctly Scottish flavor of the settlement of Cape Breton Island. The expedition will feature its own roster of acclaimed experts, led by National Geographic Chairman Emeritus of the Board Gil Grosvenor (who will host a private lunch on the grounds of his family’s historic home, which once belonged to great-grandfather Alexander Graham Bell, the second president of the National Geographic Society), National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis and Sven Lindblad, founder of Lindblad Expeditions. Departs September 7, 2013. Rates begin at $6,970 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

· The Fabled Lands of the North: Greenland, Baffin Island, Newfoundland & Labrador: Adventure and fables go hand in hand on this 15-day voyage that will navigate from western Greenland’s fjords and the ice floes of Baffin Island to the historic fishing villages of the Canadian Maritimes. Set for departure on August 24, 2013, the adventure will begin in the High Arctic with towering icebergs and massive glaciers, and a watch for polar bears, whales and walruses in their natural habitats. The journey will trace the historic coast of Labrador, where missionaries, fishermen, and whalers settled amid the Inuit, and a thriving community of artisans still remains. Guests will explore historic whaling towns, visit past and present Inuit villages, and follow in the footsteps of the Vikings in an ancient Norse settlement. Travel with former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Canada’s first and only female Prime Minister, who will introduce guests to her country. Rates begin at $13,470 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

· A Circumnavigation of Iceland: This is a rare opportunity to discover a riveting geography in its totality. This multi-faceted expedition creates a cohesive narrative of the amazing geological extremes. Cruise among magnificent icebergs in Jokulsarlon, and spend a day on the Arctic Circle spotting rich birdlife. Kayak into fjords and serene bays, and go hiking on spectacular and remote stretches of the coast.. Explore Europe’s largest ice cap, and discover the lava-sculpted landscapes of the Westman Islands. Soak in hot springs, and see boiling mud pots and the thundering Godafoss Waterfall. Go whale-watching on the shores of Iceland and its surrounding isles. Cap off the adventure with a soak in Reykjavik’s famous Blue Lagoon. Joining the voyage is Andrew Evans, National Geographic travel writer and author of the Bradt Travel Guide: Iceland. Departs July 10, 2013 for 10 days/8 nights on National Geographic Explorer, rates begin at $7,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

· Along the Viking Trail – From Iceland to Greenland: Follow in the wake of legendary explorers as you discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland. Explore Iceland’s western fjords by Zodiac; kayak among the magnificent icebergs of East Greenland; and hike amid charming northern hamlets. Along the way, get immersed in Nordic history on visits to fascinating Viking sites and settlements with our experts. Explore Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city, and discover the wild western coast of Iceland. Venture to two remarkable sites on the Viking Trail, settled by Erik the Red 500 years before Columbus. Joining the voyage is author and adventurer Tim Severin, one of the last traditional-style explorers. Departs July 18, 2013 for 12 days/10 nights. Rates begin at $9,620 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

Arctic Quest: Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic: Venture deep into the far reaches of the Arctic, where we will trace the rugged fjords of Greenland and navigate the mouth of Canada’s legendary Northwest Passage. Glide between soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, spot polar bears on the pack ice, and watch for a wide variety of whales—from minke and killer whales to the rare narwhal. We will explore Uummannaq, site of Greenland’s impressive mummy find, and visit the historic Inuit village of Sermermiut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get up close to massive glaciers, and hike the wild islands that dot Canada’s northern shores. Joining the voyage is Henning Thing, Ph.D. in arctic wildlife ecology. The 17-day expedition departs July 27 and August 10, 2013. Rates begin at $16,160 per person based on double occupancy.

· A Circumnavigation of the Baltic Sea: Discover the nine countries united by the Baltic Sea, encountering fascinating cultures and histories. Meet former President Lech Walesa in his hometown of Gdansk, Poland. Stroll through the medieval old towns of Lübeck, Riga, and Tallinn, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites; visit the great maritime capital of Stockholm; and explore the tiny islands along the Finnish and Swedish coasts by kayak or on nature walks. View one of the world’s greatest art collections at the Hermitage Museum, explore St. Petersburg’s imperial treasures, including the palace of Catherine the First. Departs on May 10, 2013 for 16 days/14 nights. Rates begin at $13,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

SeaCloud to Sail the Caribbean

· Journey to the home of western civilization aboard the 58-guest, four-masted, 30-sail tall ship, Sea Cloud, one of the most remarkable clipper ships in the world. The 10-day Caribbean itinerary is a celebration of ancient history with extraordinary shore visits and a window on island life. Rates begin at $7,990 per person based on double occupancy.

Expansion of Expedition Photography Initiative:

Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have collaborated further to deliver an exceptional guest experience across the entire fleet. As part of their effort to extend expedition photography into everything they do, starting January 2013, the Lindblad-National Geographic photography initiative will be expanded to insure that every ship (fleet & charter) and every departure will feature a Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor to provide tips for photographers of all levels onboard and on excursions. The unique access to these National Geographic-Certified Photo Instructors as travel companions and photo advisors in one of the world’s most extraordinary locations will help guests take their photography skills to the next level.

Launch of Digital Storytelling – An Exclusive On Board Documentary Film Workshop

Award-winning National Geographic photographer and filmmaker,Cotton Coulson, and Emmy Award filmmaker, David Wright, will offer a shipboard hands-on video workshop, Video the Adventure: Digital Storytelling aboard the November 7, 2013 Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands expedition, and the September 18, 2013 Epic South America voyage.

Limited to 25 guests at $500 per person, the hands-on, in-depth workshop onboard and in the field will help guests develop the skills necessary to capture and convey their adventure in moving terms; learn to edit, and create their own documentary. The unprecedented professional filmmaking workshop, conducted in some of the most cinematic places on the planet, begins before guests embark with a multi-video online tutorial series.

Photography Expeditions

In addition to the expedition photography initiative, there is also a roster of select Photo Expeditions led by Lindblad–National Geographic Certified Photo Instructors, and in most cases, a top National Geographic photographer. Photo Expeditions offer an intensive immersion into photography including coaching in the field that helps guests maximize photo opportunities; photo cruises in Zodiacs & walks ashore devoted to photography; presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography; and inspiring slideshows for everyone to enjoy. Photo Expeditions in 2013 include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica & Panama, and Galapagos. For a complete list of photography expeditions:

Global Perspectives is a program aboard National Geographic Explorer that features guest speakers with relevant global perspectives that voyage with us to be part of the expedition community, to go exploring along with our staff and guests. 

Some Global Perspective Guests for 2013 departures:

· Ed Larson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science. Antarctica, February 5

· Gregory Anderson, National Geographic Society Fellow, linguist and leading authority on endangered languages. Founder and co-research leader of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, he works to document, preserve, and revitalize threatened languages. Cape Town to Morocco, March 18

· Lech Walesa, former President of Poland. Baltics, May 10

· Don Walsh, oceanographer, ocean engineer, retired Navy Captain. Holds a record for the deepest manned dive in human history with his co-pilot. Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, November 7 departure; Antarctica, November 27 departure; Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard, May 24 departure; Arctic Ice Bears, June 7.

· Jared Diamond, Pulitzer prizewinning author & National Geographic Explorer in Residence. Arctic Ice Bears, June 21

· Casey Anderson, bear expert and host of Nat Geo Wild’s program, America the Wild. Arctic Ice Bears, June 28

· Andrew Evans, contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler as well as National Geographic’s “Digital Nomad.” Circumnavigation of Iceland, July 10

· Tim Severin, Explorer, Historian, Author and Filmmaker; has literally travelled the legendary routes of myth and established maritime and exploration historic facts. From Iceland to Greenland, July 18

· Capt. Alfred McLaren, retired Navy submariner, has explored beneath the Arctic ice on numerous expeditions, the last as commander of his own sub. After retiring from the Navy he earned a Ph.D. in polar studies with a focus on the Arctic’s role in climate change. President of the American Polar Society & Honorary Director and President Emeritus of the Explorers Club. Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic, July 27

· Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada. Fabled Lands of the North, August 25

· Stuart Pimm Conservation biologist, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University. Patagonia, October 22

· Peter Hillary, son of the first man to summit Mount Everest, he has summited the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, established a new overland route to the South Pole on an 84-day trek, and is the sole survivor of a storm that claimed seven of his K2 climbing team. Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands, Nov. 7 & Antarctica Nov. 27

· John Evans, Member of an historic 10-member expedition in 1966, sponsored in part by the National Geographic Society, which became the first to summit the highest point in Antarctica. Antarctica, Dec 17 & Dec 27

Other Special Guests

· Taylor Edwards: Conservation biologist and part of the team that conducted the public testing for National Geographic’s Genographic Project, his background includes a combination of wildlife ecology and molecular biology. A reptile and amphibian aficionado, he considers the Amazon Basin his biggest inspiration in his efforts to preserve the world’s biodiversity. Upper Amazon, November 9 & 16, 2013

· Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs: Historian and author of The Lewis and Clark Companion and Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off. A renowned expert on the Corps of Discovery, she literally grew up on the Corps’ trail, traveling with her father and fellow Lewis and Clark expert, the late Stephen Ambrose. Stephenie is also president of the newly formed Lewis and Clark Trust. Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes, September 13, 2013

· Barton Seaver: Chef, author, and National Geographic Fellow, he is on a mission to restore our relationships with the ocean, the land and with each other—through dinner. . He believes food is a crucial way we can connect with the ecosystems, people and cultures of our world. Seaver explores these themes through healthful, planet-friendly recipes in his first book, For Cod & Country, and as host of both the National Geographic Web series Cook-Wise and the three-part Ovation TV series In Search of Food. Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes, October 14, 2013

Special Offers for 2013

· Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness: Book by March 31, 2013 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on select May 2013 departures.

· Alaska And British Columbia Photography Expedition: Book by March 31, 2013 for free one-way air from Alaska to Seattle plus a $500 B&H Photo/Video Gear Certificate per person on the April 30 and May 1, 2013 departures.

· Journey To Antarctica: The White Continent: Book by March 31, 2013 to save on select 2013 departures (Nov. 27 & Dec. 7, 2013) for complimentary airfare (based on round-trip economy group flights Miami/Buenos Aires.) New bookings only; not combinable with other offers.

· Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falklands: Book by March 31, 2013 for complimentary airfare on the Nov. 7, 2013 departure (based on round-trip economy group flights Miami/Buenos Aires.) New bookings only; not combinable with other offers.

· Fabled Lands Of The North: Greenland, Baffin Island, Newfoundland & Labrador: Book by March 31, 2013 to receive Complimentary Charter Airfare from Ottawa to Kangerlussuaq (A value of $1,200 per person). New bookings only.

· Costa Rica And The Panama Canal: Book now to receive a complimentary 3-day Monteverde extension on select 2013 departures. Call for details. New bookings only.

· Upper Amazon Aboard The Delfin II: Book by March 31, 2013 and receive a $500 air credit on select 2013 Upper Amazon departures; or combine a select 2013 Upper Amazon expedition with Galapagos or Machu Picchu and receive a $1,000 air credit. Subject to availability, new bookings only.

· Mediterranean 2013: Travel aboard Sea Cloud on any 2013 Mediterranean departure and we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew. Also, enjoy a complimentary night stay at the Electra Palace Hotel in Athens.

Information source: Lindblad Expeditions / National Geographic

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