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Lindblad Expeditions celebrates 50 years in the Galápagos and announce two new ships and expeditions for 2017

January 5, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Lindblad Expeditions is set to celebrate 50 years of travel to the Galápagos Islands in 2017 in addition to launching two new ships and adding new destinations and experiences to the Lindblad adventure portfolio.

This momentous year will celebrate the pioneering voyage of the first organized group of citizen explorers to the Galápagos Islands by Lars-Eric Lindblad in 1967 and emphasise Lindblad’s continued focus on the importance of wildlife and the environment. With an acclaimed expedition team of expert naturalists guiding guests on in-depth itineraries, clients can gather insight on the island’s extraordinary wildlife and unique flora and fauna with up-close encounters to optimise their experience.

2017 will see two new ships added to the fleet with the 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II replacing her predecessor in Galapagos and officially launching in January; as well as the launch of the company’s first ever new build,  National Geographic Quest, which is currently under construction in the Seattle area. The NG Quest will accommodate up to 100 guests and has been designed with over 50 years of expedition heritage. Its first sailing will be on the Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Colombia in June 2017. And in 2018, National Geographic Quest will head to Belize & Guatemala for a unique land and sea expedition to discover Mayan ruins and the seldom seen reefs where guests will snorkel, dive, kayak and paddleboard on the new Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World .

Other new destinations and experiences added for 2017 include  Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland, which sees guests experience Iceland and Greenland by land, air and sea over a nine-day adventure; whilst  Exploring British Columbia and The San Juan Islandsenables guests to discover the powerful wilderness and charm of the Pacific Northwest by venturing to remote islands, sailing through channels and visiting charming towns.

Guests can celebrate the inaugural season of National Geographic Endeavour II with a $500 special savings per guest and a complimentary flight between Guayaquil and Galápagos on all weekly departures Jan. 6-Mar. 31 & Aug. 25-Nov. 17, 2017. Guests can also take advantage of the same offer on select departures aboard both ships throughout 2017, our 50th anniversary year. Book by Dec. 31, 2016. New bookings only; subject to availability.

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