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Lindblad Expeditions

4.8 | Excellent
  • 95% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1979
Headquarters
  • New York, NY, United States
Trips
  • 87

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Lindblad Expeditions Reviews & Ratings 95% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 35 Great 0 Average 0 Disappointing 0 Terrible 2
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Tour Reviews

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Recommends

Great way to see Galápagos Islands and Machu Pichu May 2020

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
We booked this tour with Lindblad so we could see both the Galapagos Islands and climb Machu Picchu in one go. It was exhausting but a fantastic trip overall. We went to Machu Picchu first (3 days total), then flew to the Galápagos Islands to board the National Geographic Islander to visit 4 islands. All the hotels and the stateroom on the Islander were premium or luxury class, the food was superb especially on the Islander and our guides were so organized. We’ve taken other Lindblad tours before and they’re all well run. Itineraries are full and busy but that’s what you’re paying for, right? I highly recommend this company and will be traveling with them again on their Egypt tour.
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B

Does Not Recommend

That money wasn't meant for them April 2020

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
They could improve by RETURNING the $6.6 million in CARES ACT money they took, that was SUPPOSED to go to SMALL business so they could keep folks on the payroll during the 'rona shut down.
They are a publicly traded company with a Market value of $264 million.

That money wasn't meant for them.

They are scum.
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G

Does Not Recommend

not giving rightful refunds April 2020

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
You penalized people by not giving rightful refunds- people who cancerled a few weeks if not days before you were mandated to cancel. And you will not refund money as a decent company would. Karma will show you the way. You are a greedy soulless company who took advantage of well meaning people at a time of vulnerability. You shouldn't sleep at night.
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K

Recommends

Each trip has been amazing! April 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have been blessed to be on 5 Linblad cruises in my life so far. (Baja California, Alaska, Galapagos, Costa Rica, French Polynesia/Australia.) Each trip has been amazing! I have dreams of going on Linblad cruises that is how fantastic they each have been. My first trip was when I was 11. On each voyage I have really enjoyed getting to know the staff and crew. These people are super kind and they exhaust all their time to making these trips truly special. Over the years I have grown up on these cruises and each time the staff has met me at my level. As a kid I got to watch movies and eat special dinners on movie night, as a teen I got to learn how to drive a zodiac, and as a young adult I have learned so much from the various talks and lectures. You can not be disappointed on any of these trips. I always hate getting off the boat! These people and places will always be close to my heart! Thank you seems hardly enough!
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R

Recommends

highly ethical and environmentally sustainable company April 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
highly ethical and environmentally sustainable company, experience around the world to exotic places, fabulous guides/staff, long history of being a leader in expedition travel, every trip is a trip of a lifetime.
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M

Recommends

LIndblad was amazing April 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have been on several Lindblad Expeditions, and they are always excellent--great guides, wonderful shore and Zodiac excursions, comfortable cabins, delicious food and drink, tremendously great crew and hotel staff, etc.

I was on the NG Orion when we were ejected from Chile last month because of the COVID-19 precautions. No one on board was sick, but no country wanted us to land.

LIndblad was amazing with its negotiations to find us a port to disembark at and flights to get us home. The expedition did not go as planned, but Lindblad and the NG Orion's guides, staff, and crew continued to treat us wonderfully, even though we were quarantined at sea for several days.

Lindblad must have spent a small fortune on chartering an airplane for the Falklands to Santiago to Miami and then home. We did not have to pay any extra for for our quarantine period, and Lindblad made all the arrangements for flights that were often canceled and needed to be rebooked.

I cannot say enough good things about LIndblad.

The non-passengers had to stay on the ship. I hope they are all healthy and have a place to take the ship. They were even more uncertain than the passengers (though they never let it show). So, I wish for all of them a safe trip home, wherever that may be.
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From Lindblad Expeditions

A Lindblad-National Geographic expedition is arguably the most exhilarating overseas adventure travel  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.

Embark on an in-depth exploration of some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth. They’re places we’ve been going to for decades, and our experience and renowned staff ensure the adventure of a lifetime. These are active adventures, engaging the mind and body. Explore by Zodiac, kayak, or on foot, venture to remote beaches and hidden coves, go farther and get closer to nature, wildlife, and intriguing cultures.

In 1979, Sven Lindblad founded Special Expeditions as a division of Lindblad Travel, enabling the company to further its mission of offering innovative and educational travel expeditions that were primarily marine focused. Offerings expanded to Costa Rica, Baja California, and Alaska providing travelers with opportunities to explore, on small ship cruises, the islands, coves, and open spaces of the sea that reminded Lindblad of the remote and vast expanse of the Serengeti plains. The company’s name was later changed to Lindblad Expeditions.

The National Geographic alliance

In 2004, Lindblad Expeditions embarked on one of the travel industry’s most important partnerships when it joined forces with National Geographic to further inspire the world through expedition travel.

Today with offices in New York City and Seattle, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic operates its own fleet of 10 ship, six owned and four leased, offering life-changing adventures on all seven continents. Sven Lindblad and his team continue to pioneer innovative ways to connect with the places already “discovered”— the first to introduce kayaking to the Arctic, Antarctica, and Galápagos; the only one to offer kayaking on the Upper Amazon; the first to reveal the wonders below the ocean with an unmatched undersea program; the first to offer an unparalleled photography initiative with a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on each expedition and a National Geographic photographer aboard every departure of National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion.

Twentieth and twenty-first century explorers respectively, Lars-Eric and Sven Lindblad have exposed countless people to the wonders of the world, fostering generations of committed citizens who care about the future of our planet. It’s in the genes.

Our Fleet

Our fleet consists of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, able to safely venture where larger cruise ships cannot, allowing 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, they 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.

Family and Multi-Generational Travel

An expedition is the perfect means to travel and experience the wild world with your family—whether it's nuclear or multi-generational—to share an adventure and create lasting, magical memories. On every expedition we see grandparents, parents, and children connecting—sharing shipboard life, sharing activities, sharing the discoveries, and creating a bright, collective family memory. There is something about being in the wild, miles from the rituals of day-to-day life that brings out the vibrant, youthful side of family members of all ages.

Expedition Photography

There is simply nothing like Expedition Photography anywhere else in travel. Born of our expedition heritage, our exclusive program provides three key benefits:

--National Geographic photographers aboard every departure of National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion, and select departures fleet-wide.

--A Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor aboard every ship in our fleet.

--Plus highly immersive Photo Expeditions, designed by photographers for photographers.

Associations:

Alaska Whale Foundation, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, Blue Ocean Institute, Charles Darwin Research Station/Charles Darwin Foundation, Children & Nature Network, Google Education, International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators

Awards:

2014

--Top Small Ship Cruise Lines: Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers' Choice Awards

--Top 20 Small Cruise Ships in the World: National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour - Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers' Poll

2013

--2013 Global Vision Award for Leadership: Travel + Leisure

--Top Small Cruise Ships in the World: #2 National Geographic Explorer, #3 National Geographic Endeavour - Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers' Poll

--Top Cruise Lines: Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers' Poll

--Best for Adventure: 2013 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

--2013 Readers’ Choice Awards – Top 25 Cruise Lines: Condé Nast Traveler

--2013 Sustainable Tourism Leadership - Supplier Award: Virtuoso

--2013 World Savers “Doing it All” Award: Condé Nast Traveler

--Top Small Ship Cruise Lines: Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards

--Best Adventure Cruise Lines 2012/2013: Prow’s Edge Cruise Magazine

--2013 Gold List Cruise Lines: Condé Nast Traveler

8 days
Group Tour
Comfort (4*)
Physical :
From: $ 5,690

Highlights

  • See daybreak over the ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled Sun Gate, with only a handful of visitors
  • Discover Cusco’s array of cultural influences and explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca with a National Geographic expert
  • Explore the massive stone Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo
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Highlights

  • Sail deep into the fjords and narrow, wildlife-rich channels
  • Encounter abundant and varied wildlife; spend time observing them
  • Enjoy privileged access to Haida Gwaii, the ancestral home of the Haida people, which contains Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Shoot with and learn from a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor
  • Experience the surprisingly colorful undersea through video shot by our undersea specialist on every expedition
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