If you’ve ever felt that a 7-day cruise just wasn’t enough time at sea, you can now spend more than a month exploring the world. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic now offers “Epic Voyages”. This is a series of eight extended cruises ranging in duration from 18 to 38 days.
The itineraries range from New Zealand to Indonesia and have been carefully crafted using Lindblad Expeditions’ more than 50 years of experience in remote, wild and fascinating locations. Guests will experience seldom-seen and seldom-explored destinations that feel like exploring years past.
Perhaps the most surprising and meaningful part of this epic adventure does not take place in the wild, but on board. “Given enough time,” says founder and co-CEO Sven Lindblad, “you’re not just a guest, you’re someone everyone gets to know.”
The longest journey
The longest of the epic voyages is a 38-day transatlantic voyage on National Geographic researcher. The ship departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and makes voyages to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, Cape Verde and St. Helena.
There is something for everyone, from explorers to history buffs. There will be lectures by an expert team of naturalists, historians and photographers. You can enjoy wellness programs and spa treatments, gourmet restaurants and wine tasting.
Experience nature and culture with excursions like snorkeling in the waters of Ascension Island, where one of the world’s largest colonies of endangered green sea turtles lay eggs. On the island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, you can see rockhopper penguins and albatrosses and meet the 250 people who live there. You’ll visit the king penguin colonies of South Georgia, where tens of thousands congregate on a single beach. In Cape Verde, learn about the 18th-century Atlantic slave trade and stroll through an old town that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This cruise departs on March 7, 2023.
18 to 22 day epic journeys
The 18-day cruise from New Zealand to Melanesia with National Geographic Orion follows in the entourage of Captain Cook. You’ll explore the history of intrepid explorers, convicts and traders while discovering coral reefs and lagoons. Set sail in December 2022, February and October 2023 and January 2024.
Two 19-day cruises include South Georgia and the Falkland Islands aboard National Geographic resolution or persistence and the Tales of the Pacific cruise from Easter Island to Tahiti.
The legendary Melanesia cruise leads from New Guinea to the Sepik River and the Solomon Islands. As New Guinea is one of the least explored places on earth, you have a unique opportunity to explore all parts of the eastern half of the island nation.
A 21-day cruise on National Geographic Orion explores Indonesia and sails from Bali to Raja Ampat and Papua New Guinea. You will see Komodo dragons in the wild and take part in welcome ceremonies in the remote villages along the way.
Set sail on a 22-day Southern Odyssey voyage from New Zealand and through the sub-Antarctic islands. In Fiordland National Park you will encounter towering peaks and countless waterfalls where you will spend 2 days exploring Milford and Dusky Sounds. The ship departs in December 2022 and in January, November and December 2023.
24- to 27-day epic journeys
There are two 24-day epic journeys. The first is wild South America: The Guianas to Brazil. Sail through five countries, two legendary rivers and places few people have ever seen, including the rare opportunity to explore unspoiled Fernando de Noronha, a UNESCO site. The ship departs in September 2023 and 2024.
The second, Wild Coasts of Argentina, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands lets you experience Argentina’s rugged and less explored East Coast. Seek out remote ports, wildlife estuaries and the waters of the UNESCO-listed Peninsula Valdés. Set sail on this adventure on October 19, 2022.
Set sail on a 27-day cruise across the remote Pacific Islands to explore some of the world’s most remote tropical islands, from the archipelago of Palau to the idyllic shores of Tahiti. You’ll encounter notable cultures, including the Chamorros of Guam and the handful of people descended from the first English settlers on Palmerston Island. This ship departs on October 11, 2023.
The cost of an epic cruise
Prices for the cruises range from $15,160 for the 18-day cruise to $28,010 for the 38-day cruise. Some offer special offers like flight credit, bar tabs, traveling with friends or family, and a fourth guest traveling for free.
About Lindblad Expeditions
Lindblad Expeditions has been touring some of the most amazing places on earth for 50 years – 40 regions in all. It began when Lars-Eric Lindblad chartered a ship and brought the first non-scientific travelers to Antarctica. A year later, in 1967, he did it again in Galápagos. He believed that educated people, seeing things with their own eyes, would be a powerful force in preserving the places they visited. Since 1979, his son Sven-Olof Lindblad has continued to build on his legacy, building the most advanced fleet of expedition ships in the world. The company is also 100 percent carbon neutral and has raised millions of dollars for on-site projects in the locations the ships are exploring.
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