Want to trade in casinos and gold by the inch for 6:30am wakeup calls and shipboard forums on climate change? Then look no further than Lindblad Expeditions, which for the past few years has been operating cruises in partnership with the National Geographic Society, offering a more international, professional product than any of its small-ship competitors. The company attracts passengers who want to see, learn, and do as much as possible: You may find yourself kayaking along Alaska's intertidal zone, hiking deep into old growth forest near running salmon streams, or simply admiring the scenery while the ship's captain adjusts the itinerary to follow breaching whales. Some activities even start before breakfast. Throughout it all, flexibility and spontaneity are key, and high-caliber expedition leaders and guest scientists and photographers work hard to make the experience fresh and exciting. Significantly, they ensure that you come away having learned a lot, and just as importantly, having had lots of fun, too.
Lindblad Expeditions is the most adventure- and learning-oriented of the small-ship lines, offering itineraries that stay far away from the big ports, concentrating instead on wilderness and wildlife.
Sails to: Alaska, Columbia and Snake rivers, Sea of Cortez/Baja, Central America (plus Europe, Arctic Norway, Antarctica, South America, Galapagos, Nile River, Mediterranean, and New Zealand).
Address: 96 Morton St., New York, NY 10014
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