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14 Night Arctic Cruise from Bergen

14 Night Arctic Cruise from Bergen

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Bergen
  • Day 2
    Bergen
  • Day 3
    Orkney
  • Day 4
    Shetland Islands
  • Day 5
    Faroe Islands
  • Day 6
    Faroe Islands
  • Day 7
    Faroe Islands
  • Day 8
    Djupivogur
  • Day 9
    Grimsey
  • Day 10
    Akureyri
  • Day 11
    Isafjord
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Heimaey
  • Day 13
    Heimaey
  • Day 13
    Reykjavik
  • Day 14
    Reykjavik

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer - Lindblad Expeditions

Pros

Accommodations include balcony cabins and suites

Cons

No hot tubs or pool available

Bottom Line

A sophisticated way to sail expedition-style to destinations like the Arctic


Cruise Reviews

South Georgia and the Falklands are must see destinations for people interested in wildlife and polar regions. I've been to Antarctica and the Arctic more than once, loved all those trips, but South Georgia is in a class by itself, ... Read More
South Georgia and the Falklands are must see destinations for people interested in wildlife and polar regions. I've been to Antarctica and the Arctic more than once, loved all those trips, but South Georgia is in a class by itself, given the quantity and diversity of wildlife to be seen -- five species of penguins, many albatross, countless other species of birds, elephant seals, fur seals, just an amazing experience. The landscapes are jaw dropping as well, and we were lucky with the weather, having many sunny days. Be aware, though, that there are a lot of at sea days in often very rough water. I'd never been seasick in my life, but had the pleasure between Ushuaia and the Falklands.. The wonderful doctor on board sorted me out and I was on prophylactics during the rest of the crossings without problems, but if you're very subject to motion sickness, think twice about this itinerary. As to the expedition ship and staff, good overall, but I've experienced better with other companies, particularly Zegrahm. The ship's crew members were outstanding, a largely Filipino group who were universally friendly, helpful and attentive. My cabin attendant was first rate and I heard nothing but good comments from other passengers on that score. To varying degrees, the officers were visible and engaging and the open bridge is a wonderful element. Wait staff was generally very good. As to food, though billed as fine cuisine, it's not, entrees ranging from all right to truly awful -- dried out fish, uncooked lamb, surprisingly bad. There were some very good things as well, though. Baked goods were very nice and the soups excellent. In any case, you don't to expedition trips for fine food, but the pretense on this ship, given what's actually on offer, I found a bit annoying. Most expedition staff were friendly and informative, but presentations were of mixed quality, some excellent, some lamentably bad. This was a Nat Geo trip, so photography was a major preoccupation and it was cool hearing from photographers working at that level. They were willing to share ideas and help the amateurs making up most of the guests. Equipment was available for loan, which I thought was an nice gesture. Level of expertise is regards the wildlife, geography, history and so on was mixed. Bottom line, it was a great experience and I'd love to go back, but would likely choose a different expedition provider. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my first Lindblad expedition experience, 2019 Epic Patagonia and everyday from the first day arriving in Santiago, Chile was better than the last. There were some things that Lindblad had no control over, like the amazing mild and ... Read More
This was my first Lindblad expedition experience, 2019 Epic Patagonia and everyday from the first day arriving in Santiago, Chile was better than the last. There were some things that Lindblad had no control over, like the amazing mild and sunny weather we experienced on almost all the days of this expedition, and the 5 pumas showing up for their portraits at Torres Del Paine. My solo cabin on board the ship was roomier than some double cabins I’ve experienced on other cruise liners. The hospitality on board was amazing. One thing that stood out from day one was how happy everyone who worked for Lindblad seemed to be. The staff and crew on the ship always smiled and greeted me. The Naturalists, photographers and historians on board treated each and every guest like we were old friends. Overall, my first expedition experience was fantastic. Lindblad has me hook, line and sinker. I am looking forward to my next expedition with them in the very near future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We were on the Circumnavigation of Iceland, July 23-August 3, 2019 and it was a great way to see Iceland, as promised by the Captain. The ship was very comfortable and functional. Our cabin, 305, only had one small porthole, that might ... Read More
We were on the Circumnavigation of Iceland, July 23-August 3, 2019 and it was a great way to see Iceland, as promised by the Captain. The ship was very comfortable and functional. Our cabin, 305, only had one small porthole, that might have been claustrophobic, but we spent little time there and the porthole made it easy to darken the cabin when it was still light at midnight. The cabin is also located near the anchor, so we knew when the ship was docking but it was never disturbing. The cabin was generously sized, especially the bathroom and shower - more so than other larger ships we have sailed. The exploration programs were accompanied with a naturalist, whether a hike on land, a ride in a zodiac right up to cliffs of nesting puffins or into a pod of whales or a bike ride on an abandoned road. There were always choices from strenuous to relaxed that allowed you to really see the geology and wildlife. The ship stopped at a different location every day. If we were traveling to a location over a morning or afternoon there were special presentations on Iceland and its politics and facets of the nature we would see. This voyage also included a National Geographic photographer who spoke several times - they even did a session on iPhone photography that appealed to me!! The trip was heavy on people with big cameras and big lenses but friendly and welcoming to all. It is a tradition on Lindblad cruises to meet every evening before dinner to recap the days adventures with a cocktail, photos, videos and short presentations from the naturalists and other experts on board. On this voyage, there were also music programs introducing traditional and current Icelandic music on board and on shore, including an on-board 'festival' one evening that offered the chance to listen to 3 different local performers. The presentations by the botanist on board were a big hit - who knew tiny plants could be so amusing. With the exception of an optional day trip to horseback ride, every excursion was included in the price. The hotel staff was friendly and efficient. The dining was excellent - lots of local dishes but a spectrum of choices for everyone. It was a buffet for breakfast and lunch and open seating for dinner. Smoked and pickled fish caught off the ship that morning, local lamb from the ubiquitous Iceland sheep; one day was Thai and Vietnamese, another day mostly Italian. My husband raved about the beef. I tried several of the vegetarian entrees offered each evening because they were so interesting. I know that Iceland struggles with vegetables but on this ship we had a bounty. A big plus was having the bar tab included - this is not a crowd that cruises to drink heavily, but how nice to have a pre-dinner cocktail, wine with dinner and sometimes an after dinner drink without fussing with invoices and deciding who was going to pay that evening. This voyage marked my first brush with sea-sickness - I can have trouble with cars and buses but usually not ships. Several days, the ship encountered rough water due to a storm system. The ship is proportionally smaller than the big ships (156 passengers) and it makes a difference. One afternoon it felt like being at the top of a roller coaster over and over - (that’s when I suffered:) I ended up taking Dramamine for several days. That managed the situation but for the future on a ship of this size I will be more pro-active. The ship’s captain did his best to steer the ship to avoid the worst of the weather and I know one day our location was chosen to get us into a fjord and out of the rougher seas. On the other hand, the weather on land was great and made many things much more enjoyable - very little rain, clouds and sun and moderately cool temps (45-62 degrees, but often windy). We didn't use our warmest clothes, but we were happy we had windproof/waterproof layers. If you are interested in really seeing and learning the culture, music, geography and nature and avoiding crowds at the most popular spots, this is a great choice. We went tiny places and privately owned places that are difficult to reach along with small cities that could not handle crowds. Getting to the ship was easy - we were met by Lindblad at the airport and transferred to a local hotel where a day room and lunch were available after our overnight flight. There was a city tour, museum visit and then we were transferred to board the ship late afternoon ( a very smooth process). We met a number of passengers who had arrived a day or two early and joined up with the group for lunch. Disembarkation was also easy - if you didn't have an early flight departure, there were final excursions that morning and lunch included. We stayed an extra night in Reykjavik and wish we had asked and known earlier which hotel was Lindblad's drop-off for those staying over (the info showed up in final documents we got a couple weeks before departure) - we would have stayed at that hotel rather than having to manage luggage transfer to a taxi and a trip to another hotel. Next time, we will know to ask about the departure hotel early. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
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