A few years ago, Linblad Expeditions announced plans to add at least two new ships to their line up during an investor meeting and finally we’re seeing those ships and others come to life for the line!
“These new vessels, which will be 100-passenger, U.S.-flagged ships, will allow us to capitalize on the strong demand for our expeditions with routes similar to existing ones where demand is in excess of our capacity,” President and CEO Sven-Olof Lindblad said.
This exciting news has been rather quiet due to the outpouring of interest in Crystal Cruise lines announcement that they were expanding ocean, yachts, river and air! But it’s another important milestone in the cruising industry, as these luxury expeditions are growing the overall interest in cruising for every age.
Founded by Sven-Olof Lindblad in 1979, Lindblad Expeditions has earned a reputation for creating eye-opening expeditions to out-of-the-way places. Operating a fleet of small expedition ships that nose into ports where cruise ships cannot go, the company prides itself on providing adventurous travelers with original and authentic experiences.
Important components to all of Lindblad’s cruises, the company’s on-board expedition leaders and naturalists (all experts in their field) have a passion for helping travelers uncover — and interpret — the mysteries of nature and history. Lindblad emphasizes responsible tourism and has been the recipient of many environmental awards.
National Geographic Quest
Wrapping up a year of inaugural voyages this new expedition ship has already cruised the cold Alaskan waters and the warm water of the Panama Canal.
Quest comfortably accommodates 100 guests, making her larger than the 62 guest Sea Bird and Sea Lion, but she has the same shallow draft depth, allowing them to navigate the same inner reaches and provide the same intimate experiences of the charismatic regions we explore.
Twin expedition craft landing platforms allow you to rapidly get on and off the ship to take advantage of wildlife sightings and to ensure we maximize our time off the ship exploring.
Planned for sailing in 2020, the state-of-the-art polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact.
A core feature is Ulstein’s signature X-BOW®, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions.
“The launch of this ship will mark the 50th anniversary year of the first-ever purpose-built expedition ship, Lindblad Explorer, which was built by my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, and will set another important milestone in the company’s commitment to deliver expedition travel at its best,” said Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad.
National Geographic Partnership
Linblad has a long time National Geographic partnership, which will only be enhanced by continuing to upgrade their offerings with new vessels. They’ve brought expedition travel into the 21st century, navigating distant, unspoiled territory without sacrificing comfort.
All of their expedition ships feature comfortable cabins, a lounge, a library, and wellness services so that you can unwind after an active day.
Chefs on board create delicious meals that reflect the cuisine of the places you’re visiting using fresh, local, and organic ingredients. On board each ship, you’ll find Zodiac landing craft, sea kayaks, and snorkeling gear, as well as specially designed tools that allow for more extensive exploration.
The hallmark of expeditions with Lindblad is the team of experts that accompanies every trip—seasoned naturalists, undersea specialists, and researchers who share their knowledge and insights with our travelers and bring each destination to life.
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