I accompanied a friend who had taken two previous Lindblad/National Geographic cruises. We both seek experiences that combine education with unique travel experiences that focus on wildlife viewing, This cruise struck that balance. The wild and remote Galapagos archipeligro is striking in its rugged beauty, and it is home to some of the most unusual birds, reptiles and other creatures of the sea and the land in the world... not to mention adorable sea lions that are not at all afraid of humans, providing amazing opportunities for photography. The ship was comfortable and the crew warm and knowledgeable, especially the naturalists, one of whom grew up on the islands. Everyday included hiking and a variety of other activities, including snorkeling, paddle boarding, and zodiac rides, as well excellent tips on nature photography. Evenings offered educational lectures with a wealth of information. The trip included two nights at the Hotel Del Parque, a lovely Relais & Chateau lodging in Guayaquil, Ecuador. This cruise was quite expensive, but it more than delivered. I highly recommend it and would travel with Lindblad/Nat Geo again.