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5 Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Endeavour II Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

As a scientist and biologist, I wanted to explore the Galapagos Islands for myself to witness the uniqueness of species that motivated Charles Darwin to advance his factual theories on evolution and natural selection. The National ... Read More
As a scientist and biologist, I wanted to explore the Galapagos Islands for myself to witness the uniqueness of species that motivated Charles Darwin to advance his factual theories on evolution and natural selection. The National Geographic team aboard the Endeavor II gave us an exceptionally motivating expedition of the most unique location on our planet. The experience was enhanced by the warm, friendly, motivated and well-informed staff, especially the expedition leader, Carlos, who was also a comedian. There was no shortage of excellent Ecuadorian food and snacks and drinks. There was even time for early morning stretching on the observation deck and a work out in the gym. One of the most exciting experiences on board was meeting so many new people for the first time. The Lounge and Dining Room were large and cozy enough to make this possible. The frequent visits by zodiacs to the different islands highlighting the unique species was breathtaking to say the least. I've never seen so many beautiful creatures in my life. There's no doubt that I will do this expedition again, soon. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
One of our goals was to go to the Galapagos Islands and this experiential trip did not disappoint. You'll find scenery and wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. We were pleasantly surprised with the friendliness of the ... Read More
One of our goals was to go to the Galapagos Islands and this experiential trip did not disappoint. You'll find scenery and wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. We were pleasantly surprised with the friendliness of the crew. Many greeted us by name, even without our name badges on. The crew is quite talented which provided an additional layer of fun. They even made us a special cake for our honeymoon/anniversary complete with song and other festivities. We've been on other cruises, however, make no mistake, this is an expedition versus a traditional cruise. There are at multiple outings each day and you don't want to miss any of them. One of the other unique aspects to this particular expedition is every staff member on the ship was Ecuadorian. The Naturalists were locally trained experts who internalized the nuances of the area throughout their entire lives and were able to pass on that knowledge to us-the interlopers. We were so happy with this experience, our first with National Geographic, we plan on taking another adventure in the next year or so. One word of advice I'd give to serious photographers is you may want to stick with specific photo expeditions versus a general expedition. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Wanted to do something very special for our 25 th wedding anniversary . Nature and evolution in front of your eyes, absolutely amazing. All guides were so knowledgeable, in many fields, Geology, Biology ,Ornothology, and more, all ... Read More
Wanted to do something very special for our 25 th wedding anniversary . Nature and evolution in front of your eyes, absolutely amazing. All guides were so knowledgeable, in many fields, Geology, Biology ,Ornothology, and more, all expeditions were very well organized , mostly by Zodiacs wet or dry landing. Even though I am somewhat handicapped, knee replacements, I managed it well. Every day was a new adventure, we met very many nice people and made new friends. Tour of City Coaquil was very interesting. Ecuador is a very interesting country. Enjoyed some of their dance and music. One day we had Ecuadorion food, very good. Impressed by their effort to help the environment. We had Coca Cola without corn syrup, tasted great. Also air service to the Galápagos was great. We flew Avianca to and from the Galápagos Surprised to see so many other airlines to service the islands. Weather their was always comfortable 70s temperature even on the equator . People who live there are very lucky. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I visited the Galapagos Islands in Oct. of 2012 and it was and awesome trip. I've always wanted to go back. This year, I decided to take my two adult daughters on a cruise. the stars aligned and the July -Aug cruise fell into place ... Read More
I visited the Galapagos Islands in Oct. of 2012 and it was and awesome trip. I've always wanted to go back. This year, I decided to take my two adult daughters on a cruise. the stars aligned and the July -Aug cruise fell into place for all of us time wise. The girls had a fantastic, jaw-dropping time and said it was best vacation ever. We shared a cabin for 3, which tho lacking in enough storage drawers, was comfortable and sufficient for the little time we spent there. The food was amazing, lots of choices and specialty foods. One of my daughters is vegan and I eat gluten free. Every meal and snack time, there were dishes especially prepared for both of us. There were others with dietary requirements and all were personally taken care of. Service was A-One. Excursions were amazing and led by very experienced Naturalists. The atmosphere is casual..no dressy dinner clothes needed. The ports were an adventure every excursion with lots of wildlife..flora and fauna to see and experience, like snorkeling among sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, penguins and tropical fish. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The Lindblad/National Geographic team on the boat was superb. The 7 naturalists (all certified by the Galapagos Nationa Park) were incredibly well trained and knowledgeable the wildlife, the ecosystems, and local history and culture. Two ... Read More
The Lindblad/National Geographic team on the boat was superb. The 7 naturalists (all certified by the Galapagos Nationa Park) were incredibly well trained and knowledgeable the wildlife, the ecosystems, and local history and culture. Two of them also served as photography advisors and videographers. All of the passengers were encouraged to share some of their best shots and the videographer share his work. We also had the opportunity to learn more about the life of Charles Darwin, watch an extensive documentary from National Geographic, visit a local school training children to become naturalists, etc. Each day we spent time visiting one or two islands with vastly diverse species of wildlife, ecosystems, and recreation opportunities. The meals were well prepared using very healthy foods (except the desserts) and the dining room staff was excellent. The other crew members, from the ship captain's team to the cooks, housekeepers, etc. were also very supportive. All of the logistics arrangements were very well handled. We met many interesting fellow passengers with whom we spent field trips, group meals and many hours of fascinating informal conversations. It became a small community of fellow nature enthusiasts within hours of boarding the vessel and stayed that way until we departed at the airport eight days later. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
National Geographic Endeavour II Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.8
Entertainment 3.5 4.4
Public Rooms 4.5 4.9
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.8
Family 4.0 4.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 5.0
Enrichment 5.0 5.0
Service 4.5 5.0
Value For Money 5.0 4.8

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