National Geographic Endeavour ll in Galapagos
The completely transformed Via Australis, renamed National Geographic Endeavour ll makes her debut in Galapagos in January 2017. The newest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet will accommodate 96 guests in 52 outside cabins. The most family friendly ship in Galapagos 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. Endeavour II is exceptionally nimble and manoeuvrable, 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, one of them 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 also features new LEXSpa and fitness centre, exercise classes and wellness specialist.
ARCTIC – Three new ICELAND cruises
Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland: 7 day discovery cruise of the true natures of fiery Iceland and icy Greenland. Aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer cruise guests will explore Iceland’s thermal baths and the capital Reykjavík. A plane will take guests over Greenland’s epic ice cap, before the Explorer sails along its ice edge with enormous glaciers that calve some of the largest icebergs on Earth. Lindblad adventurers will also be on the lookout for the legendary Northern Lights and their cascades of color. Departs August 23 & August 27, 2017. Rates begin at AU$8,740 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland: A 14 day cruise aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion taking guestsbeneath the midnight sun and along the route of the Vikings. On Scotland’s outlying isles visitors will 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, Lindblad explorers will see this geologically roiling land, from thundering waterfalls and boiling springs, to islands so young the earth still steams. Departs June 23 and August 14, 2017. Rates begin at AU$17,110 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
Iceland’s Wild West Coast to East Greenland: On this 10 days itinerary, National Geographic Orion sails along a region of endless ice home to the Arctic’s iconic creatures: polar bears, whales, and vast seabird colonies. Aboard the 102-guest vessel, adventurers can explore Iceland’s Westfjord region and venture into the largest fjord system of the world to cruise among magnificent icebergs. Departs August 6, 2017. Rates begin at AU$11,410 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: 9 days aboard the newly refurbished 100-guest National Geographic Quest. Explorers embark on a unique land-and-sea expedition to discover Mayan ruins overgrown with tropical rain forest and incredible, seldom-seen reefs. Guests can snorkel among some of the 65 species of stony coral and 500 species of fish on the Belize Barrier Reef and venture to the ancient Maya ruins of Tikal in dense rain forest and teeming with wildlife. Departures February 8 through March 10, 2018. Rates begin at AU$6,860 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.