Lindblad’s Galapagos program refined

Cruise line expands ties with National Geographic into new frontiers

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Lindblad Expeditions has launched its 2019 Galápagos brochure detailing six in-depth, diverse itineraries through the South American island chain as well as explorations to Peru, tropical Andes and the Amazon.

One of the new expeditions to the market is the Wild Galápagos Escape, which is a shorter itinerary for 2019 and packs a ton of activities into one exhilarating week to discover the wonders and wildlife of this magical place, with departures on Saturday and Thursday. Set aboard the newly refurbished 48-guest National Geographic Islander, the expedition features five days in the archipelago exploring the islands and multiple adventures each day on land and under the sea.

Guests will enjoy the full Lindblad-National Geographic Galápagos cruise experience on these expeditions, with tools to enhance the guests experience such as a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, plus undersea video technology.

For families, Lindblad Expeditions allows children to have fun with cool activities in the Galápagos. Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, the program is designed to help kids and teens develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge of an explorer, undertaking activities while being guided by a National Geographic-certified field educator.

Also new for 2019, travellers can enjoy complimentary bar tab and Wi-Fi on all 2019 departures on the National Geographic Islander or National Geographic Endeavour II.*

To coincide with the launch of the new brochure, travellers can receive $500 special savings offer, plus free return flights from Guayaquil to Galápagos when booking before 31 October 2018.*

Agents can call the dedicated team on 1300 363 055, or order brochures at adventureworld.com.au/brochures.

National Geographic partnership expansion

In regards to Lindblad’s long-standing tie-up with with National Geographic, in the addition of the Canada and Latin America markets to the existing agreement covering the United States, Australia and New Zealand, Lindblad and National Geographic has further deepened the company’s long-term strategic partnership, with the businesses to collectively investing to further accelerate growth in these geographies.

The expanded collaboration with National Geographic provides an opportunity for Lindblad and National Geographic to leverage the strong brand position National Geographic holds in Canada and key Latin American markets, while at the same time building upon Lindblad’s long-established leadership position in the United States expedition travel market.

Due to the accelerating demand for high quality and authentic expedition travel, and the expanded agreement with National Geographic, Lindblad’s Board of Directors recently approved the build of an additional blue water vessel to explore the world’s most unique and remote locations. This state-of-the-art vessel, which is anticipated to be delivered in 2021, will be the next step in the Company’s fleet expansion following the launch of the National Geographic Quest in July 2017, the addition of the National Geographic Venture to the fleet in December 2018 and the delivery of the National Geographic Endurance in the first quarter of 2020.

Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said “Lindblad has been a pioneer in expedition travel for 50 years. By extending our successful partnership with National Geographic, energising new markets and expanding our fleet, we are taking the next steps in our long-term growth strategy.

“Our experience and track record in delivering unparalleled experiences in the world’s most amazing locations ideally positions us to capitalise on the explosive growth in high quality adventure travel.”

Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners said the collaboration with Lindblad “goes far beyond business, into education, conservation and storytelling through expedition travel. We know collectively that our partnership’s goal is to consistently grow the number of people who explore our world and that’s why we’re so excited to expand our partnership to include the Canadian and Latin American markets.”

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