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Sail Date: February 2019
Getting close to Grey Whales - touching them! Our main - primary - virtually only - objective was to get into the San Ignacio Lagoon (Unesco Site) to get up close and TOUCH the whales - as you advertise EVERYWHERE. It did NOT happen. ... Read More
Getting close to Grey Whales - touching them! Our main - primary - virtually only - objective was to get into the San Ignacio Lagoon (Unesco Site) to get up close and TOUCH the whales - as you advertise EVERYWHERE. It did NOT happen. Extremely disappointing. Supposedly the weather (wind) did not permit it. However, on land trip in La Paz a couple on the shuttle into town took a trip with a different company and were able to get into the Lagoon apparently the SAME day we were not able to get there. WHY? It appeared the Captain was either too cautious or wanted to move things along or (as apparently there were) problems with the ship (e.g. water pressure and a crew member had to be taken off the ship due to illness). Over $10,000 to sale around, visit towns (nothing exciting), and beaches (just ok) - but not do what we went to do. Somehow, based on the Itinerary, we missed an entire day - apparently just sailing around. I doubt seriously that we will take another Expedition with Lindblad. Four of us took the Galapagos trip with Lindblad (my husband and I were in Cabin 401) and it was great. We did everything and more on that trip. We should be refunded for this trip! BTW - The Extension was very good - they (not Lindblad) did a great job. Also, the Expedition Leader did not handle communicating logistics well - we learned things only because people asked questions, which wasted time when he could have given information to start with. REALLY REALLY DISAPPOINTED!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Everything that was described to us as to what our activities would be on this trip never happened!! We were on the ship for 9 days and only left the ship for a total of about 9 hours and that was for a couple of hikes, one whale watching ... Read More
Everything that was described to us as to what our activities would be on this trip never happened!! We were on the ship for 9 days and only left the ship for a total of about 9 hours and that was for a couple of hikes, one whale watching and a barbecue on shore. The weather was not great so all of the off the ship activities which were snorkeling, more hiking, kayaking, swimming with sea lions and more whale watching were all canceled but unfortunately they had no back up plans. They finally felt so bad for us so they took us to a piece of land which was a dirt road with broken glass all over it so that we could stretch our legs! There was no on board entertainment or activities...so if you were not off the ship for an activity there was absolutely nothing to do. It also appeared that the crew except for a few were new at their job and did not engage with us even on our time off the ship. The few times we were off the ship there was no clear direction nor concern for the guests. There was also only one launch area working for the zodiacs which made it a long process to get on and off the ship. We were told that they were missing a part for the other launch area so it was unusable. This ship and crew were not ready for this expedition. The dining room service was very good and the food was above average. Unfortunately that’s all we did on this trip was wait for the next meal to be served. We were so disappointed on this trip after having such a wonderful experience going to Antarctica with the same company. It is understandable that you can not control the weather but there should have been some kind of alternate plan in place. Stay away from this trip...it is a waste of time and lots of money! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
Baja cruise out of La Paz : The opportunity to do a variety of activities - hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, birdwatching, yoga and photography. We especially enjoyed the photography talks and walks - it was an unexpected bonus. Three ... Read More
Baja cruise out of La Paz : The opportunity to do a variety of activities - hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, birdwatching, yoga and photography. We especially enjoyed the photography talks and walks - it was an unexpected bonus. Three small criticisms: One involved a hike on day 3 that was not well - researched. The natural history guide dismissed our interest in birds. We were disappointed in not having a beach BBQ. This was highly touted in the brochure. This was planned for the final night - but was cancelled due to windy conditions. Instead, we had dinner on board - which sadly was similar fare as other nights. There was no BBQ! Finally, we were headed to bird rocks by zodiac and the guide decided to take a long (fruitless) detour to find some dolphins that were sited. It was a fast, wet, rough ride. The leader did this without consulting the traveller's on the boat. This limited our time remaining for birdwatching which was very disappointing. Read Less
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