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By Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Editor-In-Chief

National Geographic Islander Overview

A true expedition vessel, National Geographic Islander sails the Galapagos Islands year-round. Originally built for the Caribbean, the ship has been sailing in the Galapagos for more than a decade.

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About National Geographic Islander

National Geographic Islander has only 24 cabins, all of which feature windows. Eight cabins, located on the ship's top deck, have glass-enclosed terraces. Each cabin also has two twin beds that can be combined to create a double or queen-sized bed. Two suites are available, and both offer wraparound views from the bow and sides of the ship. Wi-Fi access is available in all cabins.

Sailings include dining (all meals are locally sourced and sustainable, when possible), presentations from naturalists and onboard experts, shore excursions, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits) and access to kayaks. Shore tours often require the use of Zodiac boats for getting from the ship to shore.

The ship features an open bridge, so passengers can visit the bridge and captain any time it won't interfere with the ship's safe navigation. It also has a small lounge where lectures take place as well as more social pursuits, like cocktail hours. Passengers can spend time in National Geographic Islander's small library, which features a limited collection of books.

Fitness onboard takes place in the ship's small fitness center, and an instructor leads daily top-deck stretching sessions. A spa onboard is available for treatments such as massage and facials.

A desk adjacent to reception, called the global market, features products and crafts from local artisans, for purchase.


National Geographic Islander Ship Stats

  • Crew: 32
  • Launched: 1995
  • Decks: 3
  • Passengers: 48
  • Registry: Ecuador
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National Geographic Islander
deboraworth
Sail Date: Dec 2017
We just returned from the trip of a lifetime on the National Geographic Islander (Lindblad), and since there aren’t too many recent reviews of this ship I thought I’d post a detailed one. So please excuse...Read More
National Geographic Islander
Reunionmama
Sail Date: May 2019
We took the 1 week Galapagos trip on the Islander (48 psgr capacity) as a family of 4. This is a relatively new tour for Nat Geo/Lindblad, 2 days shorter than their standard trip to accommodate people with limited...Read More
National Geographic Islander
Windyledge
Sail Date: Mar 2019
This was a family cruise with 6 of us going. Very interested in seeing the ecology of the Islands. Lindblad/National Geographic did not disappoint. In fact, it was so incredible we will never forget! We saw so...Read More
National Geographic Islander
johnquackenbush
Sail Date: Aug 2018
If you are like me, you imagine a cruise is about the closest thing to hell one could imagine for a vacation. But I must say that this trip was anything but hell. It was an amazing experience. First, the...Read More

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