National Geographic Endeavour Dining
Lindblad's environmental commitment extends to the food it serves, and company chefs seek local and fresh products that are grown or caught in an environmentally sustainable method. For instance, a fleet-wide policy prevents the serving of shrimp because of the large amount of marine life killed as a byproduct of shrimp harvesting.
Breakfast and lunch are buffets, usually with four choices of appetizers and entrees, and one dessert. Dinner is served by friendly Filipino waiters off a menu and includes three appetizers, three entrees (one seafood, one meat and one vegetarian) and one dessert. For instance, options on my Antarctic voyage included Ballottine of Argentine Flounder and Salmon, Indian Style Butter Chicken Stew, Penne Pasta in Creamy Blue Mussel Sauce, Roasted Breast of Ostrich, Vegetarian Curry, Vegetarian Laksa with Noodles and Crispy Tofu, and straightforward choices like beef tenderloin. Sample desserts included pannacotta with vanilla and cardamom, or chocolate sponge cake with coconut. Fresh, flavorful breads were baked for each dinner.
All meals are served in the ship's bright and attractive dining room located forward. With no assigned seating, it becomes part of the social fun to sit with new people, or join the naturalists, every day. If you want to get away from everyone, a few tables for two do exist, but most tables are for six or eight.
Tea is held daily in the lounge (but don't expect white gloves and table service), and cocktail hour with hot appetizers precedes the nightly, pre-dinner Recap.
When conditions permit, the ship puts on a special event like fresh crepes in the lounge for tea time or hot dogs and beer on the after decks. While alcoholic drinks are available at reasonable prices, there were numerous opportunities and cocktail hours when drinks were on the house. Hot chocolate (with Baileys or Whiskey) is offered from a Zodiac when out kayaking in cold regions or at special events like swimming in Antarctica, and mulled wine was offered on deck when crossing the Antarctic Circle.