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Lindblad Expeditions cruise review

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Get up close and personal with dynamic wildlife at remote ports.

Lindblad Expeditions caters to curious travelers looking for nature-intensive experiences in remote, off-the-beaten-path destinations.

But young adults and extreme-sport seekers might get bored with the slo-mo activities — think bird-watching and photography walks — and lack of nightlife.

14 ships

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No

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Target demographic Families, Seniors, Toddlers, Honeymooners, Singles, Young Adults, Kids
Number of ships 14 ships
Contact options Phone, Email
Payment options Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card, Cheque
Deposit required Deposit at checkout
Deposit required No price matching
Food Food included
Drink No free alcohol
Room service No free room service

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If you enjoy spending time walking, hiking, kayaking and scouting wildlife on your vacations, you’ll like that Lindblad Expeditions highlights natural beauty rather than man-made fanfare. Cruises to the Amazon, Galapagos, Antarctica and more can be a wonderful way to see the world in the company of expert guides — without being too extreme. Consider it the cruise version of glamping.

Lindblad Expeditions’ trips are perhaps best for families and relatively active middle-age-to-older travelers who want to see the Arctic without backpacking across the tundra or camping on the ice overnight. You’ll kayak through epic fjords and wave at penguins, but can retire to creature comforts and regionally-sourced food at the end of the day — in a heated cabin.

Where do Lindblad Expeditions cruises depart from?

Pick a port and begin your journey:

  • Amsterdam, Anchorage, Antwerp, Auckland, Barbados, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Copenhagen, Dover, Golfo Dulce, Kampong Cham, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Naples, Oslo, Panama City, Phnom Penh, Quebec, Reykjavik, Santiago, Seward, St. Johns, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Washington D.C.

Lindblad Expeditions destinations

Perhaps best known for its Galapagos and Alaska cruises, Lindblad sails to unique cities, towns, villages and remote regions all around the world. Prepare to ignite your wanderlust:

  • Alaska, Antarctica, Arctic, Asia, British Isles, Caribbean, Galapagos, Mediterranean, Panama Canal, South Pacific

    Lindblad Expeditions’ Alaska cruises

    With a focus on Indigenous culture and regional wildlife, Lindblad Expeditions won Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice 2019 Top Small Ship Cruise Line in Alaska award.

    On a journey lasting anywhere between six to 22 days, you’ll see pods of humpback whales and orcas, plus sea otters, bears, wolves, mountain goats, puffins and more. Every Lindblad Expeditions Alaska cruise has a National Geographic-certified photo instructor on board, so you can come home with some magazine-worthy shots

    How much do Lindblad Expeditions’ Alaska cruises cost?

    Fares vary, depending on the itinerary you choose. Lindblad Expeditions’ Alaska cruises are much pricier than mid-tier competitors like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, yet still typically cheaper than high-end luxury cruises.

    Here, we’ll compare its 12-night Bering Sea Wilderness cruise to a similar 12-night mid-tier Alaska itinerary from Royal Caribbean, and another all-inclusive luxury cruise from Crystal Ocean Cruises.

    Lindblad ExpeditionsRoyal CaribbeanCrystal Ocean Cruises
    VoyageBering Sea Wilderness — the Russian High ArcticFjord and Tundra National Parks Explorer Cruisetour Expedition Alaska: Vancouver to Anchorage (Seward)
    Ports visitedNome, Provideniya, Pribil of Islands, Unalaska, Shumagin Islands, Katmai National Park, Kodiak, SewardVancouver, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Seward Vancouver, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Kake, Kayak Island, Seward
    Per-person price (double occupancy cabin, cheapest option)$8,670$3,355$13,499

    *Prices obtained January 2020 and do not include any sales or promotions — which you’ll often get with Royal Caribbean especially

    What’s included in a Lindblad Expeditions cruise?

    Here’s what your Lindblad Expeditions ticket includes:

    • Food — meals and snacks
    • Non-alcoholic beverages
    • Shore excursions
    • On National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, and National Geographic Orion voyages only:
      • Alcoholic drinks
      • Gratuities
    • On National Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II only:
      • Alcoholic drinks
      • Wi-Fi

    You’ll pay extra for laundry, alcoholic drinks, Wi-Fi and gratuities — except on the ships specified above.

    Pros and cons of Lindblad Expeditions

    Here are some more pros and cons to consider before booking your voyage:

    Pros

    • Onboard experts
    • Partnership with National Geographic
    • Complimentary hands-on activities and shore excursions
    • Regional specialty foods
    • Snorkeling, kayaking and boat excursions included in fare
    • Fully-stocked onboard library
    • Flexible daily itineraries

    Cons

    • Rooms can feel cramped and outdated.
    • Little-to-no onboard entertainment
    • Ships are not accessible for people with disabilities
    • Amenities are limited — don’t expect glitzy fitness centers or fancy spas — though both are present in modest form
    • Fare can be pricey compared to larger mid-tier cruise lines
    • No nightlife

    Are Linbald Expedition cruises good for families?

    Yes. Unlike some competitor niche cruise lines, Lindblad Expeditions encourages family travel. While it doesn’t have official “kids clubs,” on board, it’s known for having impromptu movie nights for youngsters, and has kid-friendly menu options too.

    The best part? Kids under the age of 18 will get you a $500 discount.

    On select Lindblad Expeditions cruises to Alaska and the Galapagos, kids can participate in the the National Geographic Global Explorers program. Led by certified field educators, voyages feature activities and excursions designed specifically for kids.

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