Lindblad Expeditions acquires two Celebrity small ships

Galápagos focus with purchase of Celebrity Xpedition and Celebrity Xploration

Celebrity Xpedition

Lindblad Expeditions is adding two purpose-built Galápagos expedition vessels to the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet. Both vessels are currently operated by Celebrity Cruises.

The first of the two new ships (formerly Celebrity Xpedition) accommodates 48-guests in 24 cabins, including 13 balcony suites. The second vessel (formerly Celebrity Xploration) is a 16-guest, eight-cabin catamaran ideal for small groups and private charters.

Following the closing of the transaction in January 2025, the ships will undergo multi-million-dollar revitalisations. Once complete, the ships will embody the spirit of adventure and extreme comfort, both synonymous with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, and will celebrate the Company’s deep connection to the islands, Ecuador, and its people.

Celebrity Xploration will receive an extensive overhaul before launching under the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet.

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Sven-Olof Lindblad, Founder and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions said: “We recognise and appreciate the immense privilege our Company has to operate and grow our expedition cruise offerings in the Galápagos Islands. By sourcing well-appointed vessels and onboarding the most experienced crew and staff who meet our exacting standards of responsible exploration, we’re able to transport guests from around the world to the iconic archipelago and help them understand the importance of protecting and preserving its wonders and wildlife, as a consequence of their personal experience.”

Bookings will open on the new fleet additions later this month, at which time the names of the two ships will be revealed.

Lindblad Expeditions has offered expedition cruising in the Galápagos since 1967. For years, the company has operated two ships in the region, the state-of-the-art 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II and the 48-guest former mega-yacht turned expedition vessel National Geographic Islander II, on six immersive itineraries across more than 100 departures year-round. The addition of Celebrity Xpedition and Celebrity Xploration will double the size of the Company’s Galápagos fleet.

The Royal Suite aboard Celebrity Xpedition, joining the Lindblad Expeditions-NATGEO fleet in 2025

Lindblad continued: “When my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, led the first international citizen expedition to the Galápagos nearly 60 years ago, I don’t think he ever could have dreamed it would serve as the foundation for ecotourism in the archipelago and would be the catalyst for meaningful, positively impactful connections.

“We look forward to not only bringing more Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests to the islands with the growth of our fleet, but also to having a greater positive social impact supporting conservation, education and the creation of livelihoods.”

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