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3 Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer Cruise Reviews

The Maritimes cruise was a disappointment. I expect more from Nat Geo/Lindblad. My prior trips were amazing but this one was boring at times. Part of it was the location and part was Lindblad. The Maritimes are pretty barren and sparsely ... Read More
The Maritimes cruise was a disappointment. I expect more from Nat Geo/Lindblad. My prior trips were amazing but this one was boring at times. Part of it was the location and part was Lindblad. The Maritimes are pretty barren and sparsely populated. Small fishing villages are quaint but after a while the whole Cod fish story gets fishy. The highlights were the Viking camps and restored Viking settlement and the field discussion on how the continents separated from Pangea; the guide was awesome. The cruise ship Explorer is very nice and the cabin was also very nice (209). What wasn't special was the food and the almost uninterested naturalists and their presentations. The learning could be much more interesting. Jim Richardson the cruise photographer is an awesome photographer but he also was more interested in taking his own photos instead of interacting with the guests. His photo presentation on the last night; however, was amazing. The cruise expedition Director often gave confusing complex information. The Captain spent way too much time talking and too much time praising a whole lot of cruise employees. Another issue was the guest makeup. The guest makeup of this cruise group seemed to be a lot older than previous trips. There were several people who could barely walk and should not have been on the trip because they made the pace frustrating. Many guests complained about how they impacted the trip. We loved our earlier cruises and tell all our friends about Nat Geo/Lindlad but this trip gets minimal kudos from us as I felt it did not offer much value for the expense. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
For the money, my recent cruise to Greenland and Canadian Arctic was a bit of a let down. First, we were misdirected at the Reykjavík airport and the bus actually left without us! And did the same to at least one other person. The ground ... Read More
For the money, my recent cruise to Greenland and Canadian Arctic was a bit of a let down. First, we were misdirected at the Reykjavík airport and the bus actually left without us! And did the same to at least one other person. The ground tours were ok but very rushed, and they paraded us around Iceland for 6 hours or so after arriving at 6am from a 5-hour flight. The parting lunch was abysmal, and the restaurant was so crowded the food buffet was mostly inaccessible. I finally found a seat and a tour rep asked me to move so a couple could sit together! Then no one had any idea how the luggage would be retrieved by us at the airport going to Greenland, but clearly told us it was solely our own responsibility. Wow. The cruise itself was great, but again, there was a complete lack of organization by the expedition crew. And most, but not all, expedition crew were really very unfriendly and downright arrogant. The leader even rushed me along into the zodiac leaving an island, and I was one of the fast ones. Another one mocked me for not getting out of the way quick enough so he could photograph a site without people in it. Also, why does the staff get to sit in the first-class seats to and from Greenland/Iceland? And on the ship, while everyone occupied the bow area to photograph interesting animals, the best spots were taken by the Nat Geo photographers. They are PAID to be there, while the guests paid for the experience. Surely we should have access to the very front first. Back in Iceland, the same disorganization continued. Where are the bags?, no one knows, come down at 9am to ID your bag, then the story changes. The very high price is supposed to, in part, avoid these types of things. But apparently not. The ship itself was very clean and pleasant. Her crew was excellent. The food was not bad, but gets repetitive after a while. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We took this cruise because we heard how beautiful Chilean Patagonia is. This is a land and sea expedition, We had previously taken a Lindblad expedition and was happy with it, so we were sure this one would also be topnotch. My husband ... Read More
We took this cruise because we heard how beautiful Chilean Patagonia is. This is a land and sea expedition, We had previously taken a Lindblad expedition and was happy with it, so we were sure this one would also be topnotch. My husband and I were really disappointed as were other guests. They accommodated my diet for BLD but not snacks or special functions. Torres del Paine National Park was beautiful & we got to hike every day there. There was communication between Lindblad staff and staff at the hotel regarding my diet. Needless to say it was very frustrating and time consuming to get some food I could eat. .I am a vegan so for the long 11 mile hike all I had to eat was 5 of my bars. The kitchen fixed 2 to go lunches for me, 1 was fish and the other beef. I told them I do not eat either and was told that will have to do!!!! While at the Santiago Grand Hyatt I tried to tell a Lindblad personnel what I would need for the box lunch on the long bus trip. I was cut short and was told that they already knew. Well in the box lunch the only item I could eat was a pear. A plus on this ship was that you could go to the bridge. Us and other persons thought the price for this expedition was expensive for what you received. We spent to many days on board due to weather, entry into Chile or Argentina, changing of pilots etc.I know Lindblad does not have control of this but the price should reflect this. Being and expedition there is not a lot to do on ship. There were many of us who need to do more so we were having a hard time not being able to do much. It also takes a day & a half to get to Torres Del Paine Park. A long day bus ride, then you spend the night at the Remota Hotel, then take the bus to the park. Lots of time driving and on the ship. Some of us need more expedition!! I would not recommend this trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
National Geographic Explorer Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 3.0 N/A
Family 4.0 4.2
Shore Excursions 5.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 5.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.9
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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