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Lindblad Expeditions currently sails ten vessels for adventure cruising to spectacular regions throughout the world. Ships are comfortable, outfitted with modern amenities, offer top-notch cuisine, and afford privileged travelers both quiet refuge and social interaction.

Delfin II. Carrying only 28 guests in 14 outside suites, this small riverboat looks somewhat ill-equipped on the surface. Once inside, however, guests will realize that the newest technology awaits with air-conditioned suites and dining areas and flat-screen plasma TVs. Wooden hammocks, a 10-person skiff for expeditions, and cuisine made from local ingredients fill out the unique experience. Guests may swim directly from the skiffs using the convenient swim ladder, weather permitting. The ships sail only in the Upper Amazon in Peru.

Jahan. The Jahan offers by far the finest accommodations on the Mekong River. She offers air-conditioned staterooms as well as good food. The maximum capacity is 48 passengers in 24 outside cabins. The ship has both a small spa with choice of massage treatments and gym. The boutique sells local artwork and textiles. DVD and iPod players are available on request.

Lord of the Glens. To tour the British Isles and Scotland in particular, the Lord of the Glens is a compact, yacht-like vessel carrying only 48 passengers. Linking many of Scotland’s picturesque inland lochs, the ship was built specifically to tour the narrow Caledonian waterways and remote islands of the Inner Hebrides. For its small size, it offers spacious cabins, ample open-air viewing areas, two public lounges, and a main dining room where all meals are served. Isolated villages, dramatic castles, and scenic highlands are featured on this ship’s primarily Scottish route.

National Geographic Endeavor. Built in 1996 as a fishing trawler for the North Sea, the National Geographic Endeavour was converted into a cruise ship in 1984 and sails exclusively to the Galapagos. She was refurbished in 1999 and rechristened in 2001. Just 96 passengers enjoy the bright 56 outside cabins and customized excursions among the islands. The ship is fully stabilized, allowing for smooth passage from one island to the next. It carries snorkeling gear, wet suits, kayaks, a fleet of Zodiacs, and a glass-bottom boat. Public areas include a low-key lounge and bar, library, gift shop, fitness center, and swimming pool. Services include a full-time doctor, wellness specialist, and laundry. After a relaxing day of exploration, enjoy the sauna or a massage on a one-of-a-kind floating platform. Internet access is even available.

National Geographic Explorer. This is the newest addition to the Lindblad fleet. Following a 2008 rebuild, the ship carries 148 passengers in 81 outside cabins, is fully stabilized, and designated a 1A-rated Ice-class ship, enabling it to navigate polar passages. Creature comforts include a full-service bar, restaurant, state-of-the-art A/V equipment, library, and glass-enclosed fitness center. Outfitted with kayaks and Zodiacs for shore landings, the Explorer also distinguishes itself with its team of marine experts who operate sophisticated machinery and camera equipment to capture rare images of underwater life. Other popular itineraries for the vessel include the Arctic, Antarctica, Northern Canada, West Africa, and Patagonia.

National Geographic Islander. Air-conditioned and rather private, the National Geographic Islander has only 24 cabins to accommodate 48 guests. Built as a sturdy expedition ship, she is designed to explore the Galápagos and Peru, reaching otherwise inaccessible places due to her small size. With the guidance of trained experts, passengers have access to hydrophones, untippable kayaks, snorkeling gear, underwater video cameras, video microscopes, wet suits, and Zodiac landing craft. A truly Ecuadorian flavor is present on the ship, from dining menu to crew.

National Geographic Sea Bird. The triple-deck National Geographic Sea Bird is one of two twin expedition ships used for North American cruising. It can carry 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Small enough to access narrow waterways like the Columbia and Snake rivers, it’s versatility takes passengers comfortably to explore the Baja coast and Sea of Cortez on more serious adventure cruises, outfitted with untippable kayaks, Zodiacs, and state-of-the-art underwater video and camera equipment. Marine specialists and nature experts seek out local wildlife as part of the cruise’s enrichment program. Refurbished in 2005, the vessel has large covered and partially covered observation decks to view breaching whales, seaside towns, and wondrous natural landscape

National Geographic Sea Lion. Visit the glacial landscape of Alaska on the National Geographic Sea Lion, one of two Lindblad ships that sail in North America. The three-deck twin sister of the Sea Bird was built in 1982. Equipped with the latest technology and trained staff, the ship ensure passengers get an insider’s view of the region and wildlife in a spontaneous and fun manner.

Oceanic Discoverer. With 35 outside cabins and carrying 68 passengers, Oceanic Discoverer explores New Zealand. Launched in 2005, the ship is fully stabilized to make long-duration ocean cruising more comfortable for passengers. Modern features include a large excursion boat big enough to carry all guests at once, laundry service, and even limited Internet access.

Sea Cloud. The historic, three-masted sailing ship built in 1931 by financier E. F. Hutton as a private sailing yacht has all the graceful lines, wooden details, and nautical charm of an antique vessel. The atmosphere on board is informal, with an “open bridge” to see how the vessel is sailed. Itineraries include the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Ionian, and Aegean seas. The intimate 58-passenger ship has only 30 updated cabins and two Owner’s suites kept in their original state. For a special deal in 2013, bar tabs and all crew tips are covered on any Sea Cloud Mediterranean departure with a complimentary night stay at the Electra Palace Hotel in Athens.

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