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Friday,  April 19, 2024 11:58 AM 

Lindblad-National Geographic adds fly/cruise itineraries in Antarctica

Lindblad-National Geographic adds fly/cruise itineraries in Antarctica
National Geographic Explorer. (National Geographic)

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has launched two new itineraries that bring flexibility and choice to travellers seeking to experience The White Continent.

Traditionally, Antarctic voyages average 14 days in length, sometimes limiting the ability for guests to experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

But beginning next year, on the recently-refurbished National Geographic Explorer, guests will have more opportunities to explore, with options including an eight-day itinerary that flies round-trip across the Drake Passage and a 10-day itinerary that crosses the Drake Passage by ship with an air return from King George Island.

"No matter how many days they have to invest, helping curious explorers discover the majesty of Antarctica is a joy and a privilege we've been successfully offering for more than 50 years,” said Trey Byus, chief expedition officer, Lindblad Expeditions, in a press release. “We know this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for most guests, so we don't want them to miss a thing. On board our beloved purpose-designed expedition vessel, equipped with tools for immersive exploration—from double kayaks and Zodiacs that make viewing wildlife easy, to our openbridge policy that give guests ready access to our captain and crew and the best view in the house—they won't. Instilling wonder, satisfying curiosity, and providing supreme comfort is what traveling with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is all about.”

This is the first time Lindblad has ever offered a fly/cruise option, and while it’s not new to the industry, it is a big move for a company that first led a non-scientific civilian expedition to Antarctica back in 1966.

The move underscores a commitment to making Antarctica more accessible for younger, time-strapped travellers and families.

“Opening doors for worldwide exploration is the heart of National Geographic Expeditions, and introducing new opportunities for travellers to gain access to incredible places further extends our commitment to storytelling from an up-close perspective,” said Nancy Schumacher, senior vice president and general manager of National Geographic Expeditions.

“Now, the options to take an expedition cruise or fly to Antarctica bring the amazing seventh continent closer as travellers seek to understand this dynamic ecosystem. On our Antarctica expeditions, travellers can learn from the in-depth knowledge of Experts and naturalists, as they illuminate and protect the wonder of the world.”

For the 2024-25 season, the brand will bring some of the world’s most renowned scientists, birders, archaeologists, mountaineers, and researchers onboard to educate guests as they journey through Antarctica.

Throughout 2023-24, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic will also host more than 20 visiting scientists.

While on board, guests on select departures will have the opportunity to aide scientists and to play a vital role in various research projects, assisting with data collection, wildlife spotting, and hands-on research.

There are now seven unique Antarctica itineraries and nearly 50 departures for the 2024-25 season to choose from.

To learn more about Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s new Fly the Drake Passage program, click here

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