A New All-Suite Ship with the Spirit and Soul of a Private Yacht
August 2022 | By Lindblad Expeditions | 12 minute read |
The all-suite National Geographic Islander II was built to immerse guests in the wonder of the Galápagos like never before. Accommodating just 48 passengers in 26 suites, guests will have unprecedented access to the expedition tools and team of experts they need to delve into these enchanting isles.
For more than 50 years, Lindblad Expeditions has been perfecting Galápagos exploration with the same spirit of adventure and responsible tourism that has been a part of our rich heritage for generations.
Since Lars-Eric Lindblad founded our organization in 1958 as a means for curious travelers to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth with unspoiled nature and diverse cultures, Lindblad has introduced thousands of travelers to the unrivaled beauty of the Galápagos, plus dozens of other polar and temperate regions. In 2004, Lindblad partnered with National Geographic to offer an even wider range of expedition travel that has amplified the quality of our ships and staff.
The recipe for the perfect Lindblad-National Geographic expedition has two primary ingredients. The first is a veteran expedition team that knows the region inside and out. With an expedition leader, naturalists, marine biologists, historians, and undersea specialists at their side, guests will experience each locale through the lens of our experts’ wisdom, experience, and passion.
The second, equally important ingredient is our intimately scaled expedition ships. Their small, nimble size allows us to venture safely where larger cruise ships can’t, to provide our guests with the most authentic, up-close encounters imaginable. Plus, with flexible itineraries and the ability to change course at a moment’s notice, each Lindblad-National Geographic expedition is truly unique.
Here are some of the profound ways our guests can experience the Galápagos aboard the National Geographic Islander II:
- Visit the world’s most awe-inspiring islands.
- Experience up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife, including blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, iguanas, and a host of dazzling marine life.
- Gain valuable knowledge from our veteran expedition teams who enhance every voyage with decades of expertise.
- Build a sense of community with a small group of travelers and reconnect with family and friends, forging life-long bonds from shared experiences.
- Create lasting memories of your bucket-list adventure.
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Sleek and elegant, the all-suite National Geographic Islander II is committed to expedition excellence, sailing year-round in the Galápagos. With 26 large suites accommodating just 48 passengers, and 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio, a spacious and temperature-controlled marina, and ample indoor/outdoor spaces, each guest has the freedom and tools they need to make meaningful connections to the world around them. Plus, it’s all happening in a setting of supreme comfort with hallmark attentive service by our dedicated crew.
Contributing to the fully immersive Ecuadorian experience on board are locally sourced and sustainable farm-to-table and ocean-to-table culinary ingredients, as well as artisan spa elements and handcrafted textiles, art, and décor—all regionally created.
National Geographic Islander II’s 26 spacious suites are decorated with local flair and allow guests to feel connected to their destination in comfort and style. Guests can unwind after a long day of exploration with organic bathroom amenities designed exclusively for our ships, then climb into luxuriously soft 600-thread-count bedding. Plus, each suite is equipped with satellite television, ample closets, a sofa and comfortable seating, coffee and tea, and a mini fridge that’s been fully stocked to each guest’s preferences.
Our four larger Islander Suites, named after the four populated islands, feature the same top-of-the-line amenities as our standard suites. Each has a separate living area including double the space for relaxing, walk-in closets, full-sized bathtubs, and glassed-in rain showers. Plus, each suite is beautifully decorated with specially commissioned art inspired by the suite’s name.
Onboard National Geographic Islander II, every meal features casual, non-assigned seating—served with a view. The Patio Café gives guests the option of indoor/outdoor seating to enjoy the splendor of the Galápagos al fresco; the grill on the Observation Deck allows guests to completely immerse themselves in their surroundings with 360° views; and the Yacht Club Restaurant is available for elegant indoor dining.
Menus are designed in partnership with Ecuadorian chefs and the onboard team to honor local cuisine and traditional meals. Each plate is crafted with local, sustainable, and fresh farm-to-table ingredients. Plant-based menus, cocktails, and zero-proof cocktails are also available in dining areas, and all-day beverage stations are set up in the library. Wine, beer, and alcoholic beverages are included (except some premium brands).
During each voyage, guests can also expect special culinary events such as a festive BBQ on deck, wine tastings, and chocolate sampling.
National Geographic Islander II carries a full suite of expedition tools so guests can explore the Galápagos and all its wonders up close. Plus, with a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio, a member of our expedition team is always available to enhance your experience even more.
- Glass Bottom Zodiac and a fleet of Zodiacs—Our newly outfitted marina has all the gear and storage our vessel needs, so guests never miss a magical moment. Explore the vibrant undersea of the Galápagos without getting wet in the glass bottom Zodiac. Or don your shorty wetsuit and snorkel gear in the marina for an undersea adventure in the Galápagos Marine Reserve. Where else can you swim with iguanas and penguins?
- Kayaks and Standup Paddleboards—Enjoy individual exploration with these versatile tools.
- Science Hub—Partner with a naturalist to explore science equipment and learn more about the local flora, fauna, and abundant undersea ecosystems.
- Observation Deck—Take advantage of the views from the fitness center or indulge in a sauna, all on the Observation Deck.
- Plunge Pool—Stay close to home with a nice relaxing soak in our open-air plunge pool.
- Spa—A dedicated treatment room includes an MLX Quartz table and locally sourced elements for total relaxation. Sample Ecuadorian massage treatments including a compressed warm herb treatment, rose therapy, or coffee scrubs and facials.
- Wellness—Enjoy Andean meditation sessions, stretch classes, hot-cold therapy, sauna, and fitness center.
- Photography Program—Join a photo walk with certified photo instructors or review your images in our new interactive center in the Science Hub.
- Open Bridge—Enter the Bridge at any time of day to meet our Captain and officers and learn about navigation.
Join a naturalist presentation, explore the library, or share a drink with fellow passengers in the Cove lounge. Each guest has the flexibility to tailor their expedition experience to their preferences to make it as personally fulfilling as possible.
There’s no better way for families to re-establish bonds than by sharing a wild adventure. And there's no better place to do it than onboard National Geographic Islander II. Guests have the freedom to connect wherever and whenever they please—over a morning cup of coffee on the Observation Deck, commuting to a wild shoreline aboard a Zodiac, or snorkeling among the most vibrant schools of fish they’ve ever seen.
An expedition, with its mix of new daily sights, wildlife, undersea wonders, and activities for every age and fitness level, is the ideal way to unite old and young in shared experiences everyone will find collectively exhilarating. Spending time in nature encourages curiosity and relaxes the mind and body—plus, it’s super fun.
Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, the unique National Geographic Global Explorers program helps kids and teens under 18 get more out of exploring and have more fun. On every Galápagos expedition, kids and teens choose cool activities, from earning a Zodiac “driver’s license” to recording wildlife sightings in their Field Notebook. Each activity is designed to help them see and do more while exercising some measure of independence within the safe confines of the ship. Plus, our staff is specially trained to work with kids of every age, leading rollicking tromps through the forests and along shores where kids have so much fun, they don’t even realize how much they’re learning.
Life onboard National Geographic Islander II is remarkable. Being in the wild doesn’t mean renouncing comfort, luxurious amenities, or superb food. Our hotel team will learn your personal preferences from day one. Regardless of how often you’re in your suite, it will be immaculate when you return. Our chefs and their galley teams produce cuisine full of interest and discovery, highlighting the rich flavors of the Galápagos with ingredients that are local and/or sustainably produced or caught.
Introducing the New All-Suite National Geographic Islander II
The new all-suite, 48-guest National Geographic Islander II provides an authentic expedition experience into the wonders of the Galápagos.