In 1958, Lars-Eric Lindblad (often considered to be the father of ecotourism), founded Lindblad Travel and pioneered the first non-scientific expeditions to Antarctica and Galápagos, followed by trips to less travelled places like the Amazon, Papua New Guinea, China, and Bhutan. The idea was to cater to travellers who were curious enough to want to explore offbeat destinations, but who were also respectful of nature, their surroundings, the culture and heritage of these places, and of our planet in general. Two decades later, in 1979, Lars-Eric’s son Sven-Olof Lindblad founded Special Expeditions, later renamed Lindblad Expeditions, which specialised in ship-based expedition travel.
In 2004, with decades worth of expertise as pioneers of exploration, Lindblad Expeditions formed an alliance with National Geographic - their common mission is “to inspire people to explore and care about the planet through expedition travel.”
Their fleet of 10 ships includes the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer and the 106-guest National Geographic Orion. They regularly sail on expeditions to explore the Galápagos islands, Antarctica, Alaska, Arctic Norway, Baja California, Costa Rica and Panama, Europe, the Baltics, Vietnam and Cambodia, among other places.
Lindblad is also very family friendly and orientated towards education and raising awareness of environmental and conservation work for the younger generations
- National Geographic Global Explorers program
- Schedules and activities both onboard and off ship are designed with families in mind: enjoy kid-friendly menus, movie night with pizza, a choice of hikes, and more.
- Each voyage sails with an expedition leader and five naturalists; a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10, allowing us more flexibility in offering kayaking, hiking, and expedition landing craft exploration so you can choose among simultaneous activities.
- On two of the new ships, Twelve cabins will connect via internal doorway access allowing families to combine their rooms. Plus, all category 5 suite cabins can accommodate a third person on a convertible sofa bed.
This partnership was recognised by Virtuoso - the international luxury travel network awarded Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic the 2018 Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award (this award honors outstanding leadership and commitment to sustainable tourism principles and practices among Virtuoso Preferred Partners and Hotels).
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s other sustainability efforts include eliminating single-use plastic fleetwide and completing the first stage in their pilot Citizen Science BioBlitz in the Sub-Antarctic - the first ever biodiversity assessment done by citizen science in South Georgia.