San Cristobal Island is Lindblad Endeavour’s Final Stop

A day of contrasts To the west of us, Isabela Island is one of the Galapagos’ youngest islands and among the first we visited. San Cristobal Island, on the other hand, is the eastern most island in the entire archipelago and ranks among the oldest. San Cristobal also is the first island Charles Darwin visited on his Galapagos voyage but, for us, it’s the last stop on our seven-day journey aboard Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour. This morning …

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Lindblad Endeavour Santa Cruz Highlands Tour

A triple header shore lunch Before we set out to find Galapagos tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands, the Lindblad Endeavour has an extended lunch break planned that is surprisingly varied. One stop I did not anticipate: a visit to a still–what we Southern boys would call a moonshine still–and the option to sample its product. Here’s how it happened. From Puerto Ayora, we drive for 30 minutes into the highlands and stop at an old sugar …

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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 a decade ago, in the summer of 2001 as part of its sustainable dining program to help preserve fish stocks world-wide. Lindblad …

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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 she is on call for paid spa services such as massage, reflexology and other spa treatments. One service on the spa menu …

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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 door. The Expedition Leader, the most visible person of the three since this person usually oversees all departures and returns and emcees …

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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 endemic flora and fauna threatened the survival of the land iguanas and giant tortoises, prompting the National Park Service to undertake 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 and flightless cormorants residing in the region. Our first landing of the day is on Fernandina Island, at one of the Galapagos’ …

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Lindblad’s expedition ship calls at Las Bachas, on Santa Cruz island

Journey Log: Day 1 The lifeboat drill is one of the first things that happens on every cruise, and it’s no different on the Lindblad National Geographic Endeavour. Normally, once the drill is over, you stuff your lifejacket away in your cabin and that’s the last you see of it. It doesn’t work that way here, not with repeated Zodiac shuttles to Galapagos landfalls throughout the week, sometimes two and three times a day. Fortunately, these life …

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Tips for packing for a cruise to the Galapagos Islands

What should you bring for your Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour cruise? (Or any other Galapagos cruise?) Suitcase Restrictions Depending on airline, you may be able to take two bags weighing 50 pounds each to Guayaquil or Quito but you can’t take both to the Galapagos. You’re limited to a single 40-pound checked bag to the Galapagos, which means you must pack carefully. Leave any extra bags at your  hotel, which you can pick on when you return. …

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Taking photos in the Galapagos: What works and what doesn’t

Although our blogs are written in present tense, our trip was Oct.7-16. We’re posting afterwards because there simply was no time to write during the cruise. These tips are based on the conditions we encountered. Most of the naturalist-guides on Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour are also expert photographers. Two photography sessions are held on board, one on techniques early in the trip and one on how to share your photos with friends at the end. On the …

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