National Geographic Endeavour II
Operated by: Lindblad Expeditions
The National Geographic Endeavour II is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and one of the newest additions to the National Geographic - Lindblad fleet. She is exceptionally nimble and maneuverable, with a shallow draught to get up close, great viewing from all public spaces, large windows in cabins and suites, state-of-the-art tools for exploration, and a fast, seamless twin Zodiac loading platform.This fully stabilised vessel allows for smooth passage between the islands of the Galápagos archipelago. She accommodates 96 guests in 52 outside cabins, including seven sets of connecting cabins, which are ideal for families and friends. Each cabin is outfitted with a window, private facilities, and climate controls. The ship also carries a range of expedition tools, including kayaks, Zodiac landing craft, a glass-bottom Zodiac, and snorkelling gear.
SIZE:25m2 / 270sqftSLEEPS:3
Located midship on the Bridge Deck, Suite C is the largest cabin on the ship featuring two windows, separate sitting area, arm chairs and sofa that can be converted into a single bed. Suites all have twin beds convertible to a queen, extra closet space, writing desk and chair, and larger bathroom.
SIZE:13m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:2
Located on the Bridge Deck, all Category 4 cabins are outside with a large window, two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, and furniture including armchair and desk, nightstands and closet. Cabins 411/413 and 416/418 are interlocking with a connecting door.
SIZE:13m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:2
Located on the Lounge Deck, all Category 3 cabins are outside with a large window, two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, and furniture including armchair and desk, nightstands and closet. Cabins 326 & 328 can accommodate a third person in an upper fold-down murphy bed. Cabins 315/317, 316/318, and 320/322 are interlocking with a connecting door.
SIZE:12m2 / 130sqftSLEEPS:2
Located on the Upper Deck, Category 2 cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, armchair, and a large window. Cabins 224 & 225 can accommodate a third person in an upper fold-down murphy bed. Cabins 226/228 and 227/227 are interlocking with a connecting door.
Single Category 3
SIZE:13m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:1
Designed for single travellers travelling on their own, Single Category 3 cabins are outside with a large window, a queen bed, and furniture including armchair and desk, nightstands and closet. Equal in size and amenities to other Category 3 cabins. Located on the Lounge Deck.
Single Category 2
SIZE:12m2 / 130sqftSLEEPS:1
Designed for single travellers travelling on their own, Single Category 2 cabins are outside with a large window, a queen bed, and furniture including armchair and desk, nightstands and closet. Equal in size and amenities to other Category 2 cabins. Located on the Upper Deck.
Meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. The menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair.
Breakfast is usually served buffet-style in the dining room and consists of a selection of fruit, eggs to order, cereal, yogurts, cheese, and cold meats, and specially prepared daily dishes, plus fresh coffee and tea. An early riser continental breakfast is served in the bistro as well, and many guests choose to take their coffee and morning pastries to the bridge or out on deck.
Lunch is also served buffet-style, with salads and both hot and cold buffet choices available. Depending on the day’s activities, an afternoon tea with cookies, or occasionally, cakes and pastries, is served buffet-style.
Dinners are served in the dining room and feature a combination of buffet and table service. The gracious wait staff is always present to attend your every need.
With the entire expedition team dedicated to delivering the best expedition possible, meal times are always flexible. If a pod of dolphins is sighted shortly before lunch, National Geographic Endeavour II's crew is adept at quickly changing meal times so you don’t miss a moment, and the quality of lunch is uncompromised.
The Endeavour II is fully air-conditioned and includes a partially covered deck with tables and chairs, a sun deck, and a lounge with a full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows, and presentations. Public areas also include a library, a fitness centre, a spa (salon), and a global gallery. A full-time doctor and video chronicler accompany every voyage; and Internet access, laundry service, and a wellness program are also available.
National Geographic Endeavour II is outfitted to connect you with the wildest places in Galápagos.
Snorkeling gear & wetsuits
On the first day of your expedition you’ll be fitted with a mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, and, if you choose, a snorkel buoyancy vest. These are yours to use for the duration of the expedition - so there’s no need to pack and tote your own gear. The 3mm shorty wetsuits allow you to stay in the cool water of Galápagos longer, and protect your skin from the equatorial sun. Guests who own masks with prescription lenses, or prefer to use thicker, full-length wetsuits are welcome to bring their own gear.
Key to the operation is a fleet of Zodiacs, which are used to land on remote islands that would otherwise be inaccessible. With eight of these boats used to transfer everyone off the ship quickly, you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. These sturdy inflatable craft are the same time-tested brand Jacques Cousteau used in his expeditions for over 30 years. They are widely recognised as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat. The Zodiacs are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of carrying 12 to 14 people with ease.
Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards
A fleet of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards allow you to explore scenic shorelines - where you might encounter sea lions, dolphins, and more. The naturalists will help novices with technique, while experts have the opportunity to explore further afield.
Explore the undersea while staying dry aboard the glass-bottom Zodiac. A naturalist is always aboard to identify reef fish and other wildlife.
Your undersea specialist will dive at snorkelling sites, shooting video to share during Recap in Endeavour II’s lounge - it’s when you find out more about the vibrant undersea you’re exploring.
See the tiny flora and fauna that lives in the rich waters surrounding Galápagos. Your naturalist will collect plankton using a special net, and then you’ll be able to view this fascinating microscopic life on the high-definition screens in the lounge as your naturalist explains it.
National Geographic Endeavour II Expeditions
From AUD $8990.00 Per Person
DURATION:10 Days/ 9 Nights REGION:South & Central America SHIP:National Geographic Endeavour II
Aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II a 360º discovery of Darwin's Galapagos Islands awaits. Snorkel, hike, paddleboard, cruise by Zodiac; all with an expert team of naturalists.