Lindblad buys two Galapagos expedition ships

2024-06-14T23:01:44+00:00 June 14th, 2024|Ships|

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings has added two purpose-built Galápagos expedition vessels to its Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic fleet.

The first of the two new ships is a 48-guest configuration vessel, ‘Celebrity Xpedition’, which features two dining venues and 24 outward-facing cabins, including 13 balcony suites. Later this month, bookings will open for cabin sales and the names of the two ship will be revealed.

The second vessel is the 16-guest, eight-cabin catamaran ‘Celebrity Xploration’, which is claimed to be perfect for family vacations, affinity groups, and private charters, the company said.

“We recognise and appreciate the immense privilege our company has to operate and grow our expedition cruise offerings in the Galápagos Islands,” said Sven-Olof Lindblad, Founder and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions.

“By sourcing well-appointed vessels and on boarding the most experienced crew and staff who meet our exacting standards of responsible exploration, we’re able to transport guests from around the world to the iconic archipelago and help them understand the importance of protecting and preserving its wonders and wildlife, as a consequence of their personal experience.”

“When my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, led the first international citizen expedition to the Galápagos nearly 60 years ago, I don’t think he ever could have dreamed it would serve as the foundation for eco-tourism in the archipelago and would be the catalyst for meaningful, positively impactful connections.

“We look forward to not only bringing more Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic guests to the islands with the growth of our fleet, but also to having a greater positive social impact supporting conservation, education and the creation of livelihoods,” he said.

Following the closing of the transaction in January, 2025, the ships will undergo multi-million-dollar upgrades.

“For decades, Lindblad Expeditions has set the standards for sustainable tourism in Galápagos and been an extraordinary friend and supporter to the Charles Darwin Foundation and the greater conservation community in the islands,” said Rakan Zahawi, Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation.

“Together with community leaders, farmers, scientists and researchers, as well as Ecuadorians from Galápagos and the continent, Lindblad Expeditions has helped to uplift local communities and safeguard the archipelago’s precious species and habitats.

We are grateful for their continued commitment to protecting, promoting, and preserving our home, while showcasing its beauty to responsible travellers,” he said.