A Lindblad-National Geographic expedition is arguably the most exhilarating overseas adventure experience a person can have. Nothing else comes close to approximating its authenticity and all-five-senses engagement. We offer you the world’s ultimate, authentic expedition experience: Discover the planet’s most remarkable places, accompanied by experts able to illuminate all you see, and with cool tools to use to explore up close and personally.
Venture safely to the planet’s wild, remote places
Our cruise ship fleet consists of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, able to safely venture where larger cruise ships cannot. This allows us to offer authentic, up-close experiences in the planet’s wild, remote places and capitals of culture. More than comfortable as your base for exploring, our National Geographic luxury cruise ships are outfitted with cool tools that enable a genuine connection with the places we visit and offer inviting private accommodations, and gracious public spaces for our expedition community to gather.
Experience life aboard the National Geographic Endurance with Lindblad Expeditions. Find out more about our adventure cruises aboard the National Geographic Endurance.
Experience life aboard the National Geographic Resolution with Lindblad Expeditions. Find out more about our adventure cruises aboard the National Geographic Resolution.
National Geographic Venture – Alaska, Baja California
National Geographic Explorer – Arctic, Antarctica, Patagonia
National Geographic Orion – Antarctica, South Pacific, Russian Arctic
National Geographic Endeavour II – Galápagos
National Geographic Islander – Galápagos
National Geographic Sea Bird – Alaska, Baja California, Pacific Northwest
National Geographic Sea Lion – Alaska, Baja California, Pacific Northwest
National Geographic Quest – Alaska, Belize, Costa Rica & Panama, Pacific Northwest
Delfin II – Amazon
Jahan – Vietnam & Cambodia
Lord of the Glens – Scotland
Sea Cloud – Caribbean, Mediterranean
Oberoi Philae – Egypt
The mission statement reads: Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic have joined forces to further inspire the world through expedition travel. Our collaboration in exploration, research, technology, and conservation provides extraordinary travel experiences and disseminates geographic knowledge around the globe.
But the human motives underlying the alliance between the two companies, forged in 2004 are simpler: hero worship, and the human genetic drive to head out in ships and discover new things.
Sven Lindblad regarded his explorer father as a hero, and was enthralled by National Geographic magazine, the Society, and its roster of explorers past and current. At National Geographic, there is simply no one who does not love the idea of exploring the world and knowing its wonders, or having a fleet of ships to do it with. So, the alliance was a natural—and creates a wonderful proposition for today’s travelers.
Now, thanks to our alliance, you can take a National Geographic cruise on a fleet of ships to the planet’s most extraordinary places in the company of world-renowned scientists, naturalists, and researchers, and explore stunning natural environments alongside skilled specialists using state-of-the-art exploration tools.
You may have seen National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen’s fascinating photo essay, Deadly Beauty [National Geographic, November, 2006] or his gorgeous 2009 photography book Polar Obsession, but guests on past Arctic expeditions traveled with him while he was capturing some of his iconic Arctic images.
You may watch America the Wild with Casey Anderson on the National Geographic Channel, but guests on our spring Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness expedition traveled with him, and observed him recording this video.
And the good news for photo enthusiasts is: every expedition aboard National Geographic Explorer is accompanied by a National Geographic photographer.
There are many opportunities ahead to travel with interesting National Geographic and other experts, from field researchers you haven’t heard of yet, to names you know.
So now, whether you’re browsing the latest National Geographic magazine, or remembering a past article that fascinated you, you have the option to literally “live an issue.” To board an expedition ship and head out to explore the world yourself. That’s what National Geographic On Board means for you.
It’s about up-close encounters with beauty, wildness & the seldom-seen
“I had a list. And I got to put BIG checks on it. Within 50 feet of a wild bear: check! Up close to a calving glacier: check! Breaching whales: check!”
People say interesting things about Lindblad expeditions, and because there is a video chronicler on nearly every expedition, we capture many of them. We post these clips (see the Alaska guest clip quoted above here) in our Daily Expedition Reports so you can see what others have to say, as you decide if expedition travel is right for you.
And frankly, why wouldn’t it be?
Adventure expeditions are extraordinary experiences—designed with curious, intelligent people in mind. There are opportunities:
We believe that travelers don’t want to be passive tourists, so our expeditions foster active engagement. Our ships are equipped with tools for exploration—to get you out there for up-close forays, or to let you see deeper into the marine or terrestrial environments surrounding you.
You will see and do things that are cool. Watching killer whales circle a seal on an ice flow, devising hunting strategies before your eyes is cool. As is having a marine biologist with you when it happens. Having a gray whale calf surface alongside your Zodiac is cool. And having the world’s best whale photographer, National Geographic’s Flip Nicklin right there with you, is great too.
A superb expedition team greatly adds to your understanding and appreciation — through dedicated looking to make sure you miss nothing (finding Arctic polar bears against white ice isn’t easy; knowing where whales are congregating takes insider knowledge of Alaska). Providing insightful commentary on all you see. And giving engaging presentations that weave the expedition into a cohesive narrative for you.
Even people who thought they hated group travel have marveled at the rewards of sharing experiences with passionately dedicated experts, inspiring photographers, and like-minded fellow guests.
This is because we don’t conduct our expeditions as “group travel.” You are not herded around, or treated as a collective. You can choose activities daily, and choose which individual of the expedition team you wish to join (our generous staff-to-guest ratio means diversity for you) based on personality or mutual interests.
You will share the experience with genuinely interesting people. The woman to your right shooting carefully composed portraits of an albatross? Her career was White House photographer until she retired at the end of the Clinton administration. The man sharing the deck rail with you, thoughtfully contemplating the volcanic Galápagos landscape? He’s an IMAX director, currently developing a documentary on Alaska.
You can dine with whom you wish. Share a drink with anyone from a naturalist to the guest speaker on board. Hole up in the library with a good book or participate in collective sociability when the mood strikes. Many friendships are sparked aboard Lindblad ships. And families traveling together reaffirm bonds in revitalizing ways.
Whether you’re planning to travel independently, share the experience with your spouse, significant other, friends, or bring the whole clan to celebrate a landmark event, an expedition with us will exceed your expectations, and change the way you see the world. It might even change your life.
Expeditions offer extraordinary experiences for travelers of all ages
An expedition is the perfect way to experience wildness with your family—whether that’s a twosome, nuclear unit or sprawling multi-generational clan. On every expedition we see grandparents, parents, and children sharing activities and creating a bright, collective family memory. Whether you’re 8 or 80, there is joy in discovering the wild together.
Smart fun! Introducing the National Geographic Global Explorers program
The National Geographic Global Explorers program, developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education to help kids develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge of an explorer! Recently launched in Galápagos and rolled out to Alaska during the 2018 season, kids and teens may choose cool activities—from earning an expedition landing craft “driver’s license” to recording wildlife sightings in their region-specific Field Notebook—and benefit from National Geographic certified field educators.
See, learn and do more with experts who know these regions best. Snorkeling among sea lions in Galápagos, paddling tandem kayaks in Alaska’s coves, or breathlessly watching a curious polar bear in the Arctic—these are the experiences you’ll remember. Our daily, shared activities come in a diverse range of interests and fitness levels.
Small ships are ideal for families
Our ships offer the perfect balance of togetherness and space for families to exercise their freedom. Aboard ship, kids can never wander far, but they’re also able to explore their own interests. Reconnect over Zodiac forays, dinner, and nightly Recap. Kid-friendly menu options and impromptu movie nights with pizza are always a hit, too!
Since every expedition sails with a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, and some ships with a National Geographic photographer, you’re guaranteed to go home with top-notch shots!
Family travel savings—kids under 18 get $500 off
We believe that sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. Since we are committed to encouraging families to travel, we invite you to take $500 off the cost of your expedition for each child under the age of 18 traveling.