Lindblad Expeditions Launches National Geographic Endeavour II

In 2017 Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic celebrates the 50th anniversary of taking the first citizen explorers to the Galapagos.  In addition, Lindblad launches a brand-new ship, the National Geographic Endeavour II.  Lindblad Expeditions is an award-winning company receiving Travel + Leisure’s “Best Small Ship Cruise Line for Families” multiple times.  Their newest ship, the Endeavour II is especially suited for families with multiple adjoining rooms and accommodates 96 total guests.  The Endeavour II is also focused on the outside world with great views from all public spaces.   To celebrate the launch of its newest ship, Lindblad Expeditions is offering free round-trip airfare to Galapagos for the inaugural National Geographic Endeavour II season.  Continue reading for more details below.

National Geographic Endeavour II

National Geographic Endeavour II, photo by Branko Ivelic, courtesy Lindblad Expeditions

From Lindblad Expedition’s Press Release

Lindblad Expedition’s newest addition to their fleet, the 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II, made its maiden voyage on Saturday, December 3, 2016 – one month ahead of schedule. The first voyage is the 17-Day Epic Galápagos Photography Expedition.

Before making its way to Galapagos, National Geographic Endeavour II was celebrated in Guayaquil with a traditional Ecuadorian religious blessing. Sven Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, hosted the celebration and onboard festivities, where he welcomed his special guests – members of the ship’s crew and their families.

“A ship is a ship. It is a piece of hardware, it does its job, and it is an important one. But it is not nearly as important as the people who run the ship, who provide the experience for the guests,” Lindblad stated in his toast.

The newest and most family-friendly ship in Galapagos, National Geographic Endeavour II embodies decades of knowledge about the unique Galapagos environment. The ship offers the choice of suites on two decks, double cabins with beds that can be configured as two twins or a queen, seven sets of connecting cabins for families and friends, triple cabins, and dedicated solo cabins, which are equal in size and amenities to the doubles. The ship’s shallow draft affords up close and 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.

To celebrate the ship’s inaugural and the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Lars-Eric Lindblad’s pioneering voyage to Galapagos, Lindblad is offering guests on National Geographic Endeavour II free roundtrip air from Miami to Galápagos on all departures January 6 – March 31, 2017, a savings of $1,300 per guest. Throughout 2017 free air will also be offered on select departures on National Geographic Endeavour II and the 48-guest National Geographic Islander. The offers cover both international air from Miami to Guayaquil, and the flight from Guayaquil to Galapagos.

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Adult Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) hunting fish underwater in the Galapagos Island Group, Ecuador. This is the only species of penguin in the northern hemisphere and is endemic to the Galapagos Island archipeligo, Ecuador only. Photo by Michael S. Nolan, courtesy Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic


The free air offer is applicable to new bookings only and is subject to availability. For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348).

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.