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Lindblad Endeavour Cruise: Puerto Ayora Walking Tour

Your one & only Galapagos shopping stop The stop at Santa Cruz Island by the Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endeavour is an unusually full, busy day. Following our tour of the Darwin Research Station and seeing Lonesome George and Diego, the station’s most famous tortoises, we’re given a little over an hour to tour the […]

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Lindblad Endeavour Takes Us To World’s Rarest Animal

Poor old “Lonesome George” When Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour anchors off Santa Cruz Island, we go ashore for the entire day to spend much of our time with the Galapagos’ iconic giant tortoises. And to meet a world-famous tortoise estimated at 100 years old known as “Lonesome George,” perhaps the last of his race. Of […]

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Cruise Review: Dining on the Lindblad Endeavour

Sustainability guides the dining choices—yum yum! Lindblad Expeditions takes its dedication to conservation seriously, extending it even to the Endeavour’s dining room. Although seafood is a staple on the ship’s menus, you’ll never find a shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp or shrimp of any sort on the ship. Lindblad banned shrimp from its kitchens more than […]

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Lindblad Endeavour’s floating massage offers a view of the sea

One thing I don’t expect to find onboard Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour is a wellness specialist as well as a mini spa. Alexandra Cueva, the wellness specialist for our voyage, puts in a long day, beginning around 6:30 a.m. with a yoga, stretching or water aerobics class just before breakfast. The rest of the day […]

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Lindblad Endeavour arrives at Puerto Egas in the Galapagos Islands

  Everyone who takes a Galapagos cruise usually has a favorite shore landing. Mine comes unexpectedly almost midway through the trip when Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour takes us to Puerto Egas on Isla Santiago (also known as JamesIsland and Isla San Salvador). On our afternoon stop there, everything comes together: the sunlight is gorgeous, we […]

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More About Daily Life On Board Lindblad’s Endeavour

More thoughts and observations about daily life on the Lindblad National Geographic Endeavour to follow-up to a recent post. Kayaking According to Carlos Romero, our expedition leader, Lindblad Expeditions is the only cruise company to offer kayaking, That isn’t surprising since, according to the National Park, most other boats carry only 16 passengers. The kayaks […]

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Life On Board Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour

Who’s In Charge Every Lindblad Endeavour Galapagos cruise has three supervisors: The Captain, who hopefully you won’t see except at social functions. You don’t want to see him in a public area with a megaphone in hand or hear his voice over your cabin speaker during the distress signal while someone is pounding on your […]

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National Geographic Endeavour makes a rare visit to Urbina Bay

Galapagos Journey Log: Day 4 Urbina Bay Hikes, The Long and The Short of Them Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour will spend the entire day at Isabela, largest island in the Galapagos Archipelago. Less than a decade ago, this island was overrun with feral goats and pigs brought in by settlers. Their continued destruction of the […]

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Lindblad Endeavour calls at Fernandina and Isabela islands

Journey Log: Day 3 AM Fernandina Island During the night, Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour crosses the equator to take us into the westernmost section of the Galapagos where the undersea upwelling creates cool water temperatures as low as the mid-50’s F. This cold water provides a rich marine smorgasbord for the sea lions, marine iguanas […]

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Lindblad Endeavour visits North Seymour in the Galapagos

Journey Log: Day 2 Although in the Galapagos the same endemic animals are present year-round, their mating and nesting are seasonal. The one bird I want most to photograph is the male magnificent frigatebird, which in the breeding season looks like it’s swallowed a bright red balloon. The bird inflates its red throat pouch as […]

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