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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.
Crystal Ocean Cruises
Bering Sea Wilderness — the Russian High Arctic
Fjord and Tundra National Parks Explorer Cruisetour
Expedition Alaska: Vancouver to Anchorage (Seward)
Nome, Provideniya, Pribil of Islands, Unalaska, Shumagin Islands, Katmai National Park, Kodiak, Seward
Vancouver, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Seward
Vancouver, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Kake, Kayak Island, Seward
*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
On National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, and National Geographic Orion voyages only:
On National Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II only:
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:
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
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
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.
Frequently asked questions
As Lindblad Expeditions is a public company, 50% is owned by Capitol Acquisition Corp. II, 49% is owned by Lindblad Expeditions and 1% goes to a foundation affiliated with Lindblad.
Yes. Cruises with Lindblad Expeditions are known for attracting curious, engaging individuals, and the small ship size makes mingling and getting to know other people even easier. It makes a point to have dining room tables with an odd number of seats, and also has a roommate program that guarantees you’ll pay a per-person double occupancy rate — whether or not it pairs you with a roommate.
Simply put, Lindblad Expeditions is a great place for solo cruisers to enjoy an adventure together.
No. Lindblad Expeditions offers cruises to Egypt — technically the Middle East — but nowhere else on the African continent.
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