Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is preparing to ramp up its presence in Alaska for the 2021 summer, introducing the National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion to its existing operations later this month.
The 62-passenger sister ships will add a further 13 departures from 25 June 2021 through to August.
Options will include the 6-day Wild Alaska Escape between Juneau and Ketchikan and its Wild Alaska Escape from Sitka to Juneau that take in the region’s wildlife and landscapes in an action-packed week-long journey. Guests will hike through forests of towering trees, kayak long routes deep into glacially carved fjords, with opportunities for active adventure from their base ship.
Lindblad previously revealed it would resume expeditions in Alaska aboard the 100-passenger National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture on 5 and 6 June respectively.
Lindblad Expeditions is also reactivating National Geographic Explorer for a series of voyages in Iceland in a month’s time.
The 148-passenger polar vessel will operate two alternating itineraries, Wild Island Escape and A Circumnavigation of Iceland.
The Iceland season will kick off on 7 July 2021 with the 6-day Wild Iceland Escape, a compact adventure to the remote fjords and volcanic isles along the country’s western coast.
The other option is an 11-day Circumnavigation of Iceland that will showcase the magnitude of the country’s geological manifestations: glaciers, geysers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and lava-scapes. Set to begin departures on 11 July 2021, the expedition will voyage Iceland’s wild western coast; Grimsey in the north; the rarely visited rugged east coast; and the Westman islands in the south, among the planet’s youngest archipelagos.
Both itineraries will provide guests opportunities for active adventure via Zodiac cruise, kayak, hikes, and walks daily, led by a team of naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, Lindblad certified photo instructors and an undersea specialist.
Additionally, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has commenced voyages in the Galapagos aboard the 96-passenger National Geographic Endeavour II.
All Lindblad’s guests 16 years of age and over will be required to be vaccinated prior to travelling onboard and have negative COVID-19 tests, daily guest temperature checks, and thorough cleaning protocols.