National Geographic Endeavour II
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National Geographic Endeavour II: Memorable sailings to the Galapagos
National Geographic Endeavour II launched in December 2016, carrying 96 passengers on expeditions to the Galápagos Islands. The former Via Australis underwent a $10 million makeover in fall 2016 as the newest member of the National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions fleet. She adds to the sailings offered by National Geographic Endeavour.
The expedition ship is designed to be exceptionally quiet and maneuverable, enabling an enriching Galápagos experience with great viewing from all public spaces, state-of-the-art tools for exploration, and a fast Zodiac loading platform. National Geographic Endeavour II features spacious lounges, modern cabins and top-flight dining. National Geographic Endeavour II is a classic maritime vessel with an expedition-style ambience.
Endeavour II has a shallow draft 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. The ship navigates the Galápagos archipelago outfitted with a range of expedition equipment — including kayaks, Zodiac landing craft, a glass-bottom Zodiac and snorkeling gear — all suited for exploring the wildlife-rich Ecuadorian isles.
The fully stabilized vessel accommodates 96 guests in 53 outside cabins, each outfitted with a window, private facilities and climate controls.
Who will like sailing on Endeavour II
National Geographic Endeavour II caters to a sociable mix of families, friends, couples and solo travelers.
Where National Geographic Endeavour II sails
National Geographic Endeavour II calls on the Galápagos archipelago. Each voyage includes a National Geographic expert on the Galapagos, so your experience will be enriched through interactions with the onboard naturalist.
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 center, a spa and a global gallery. A full-time doctor and video chronicler will accompany every voyage; and Internet access, laundry service and a wellness program will be available.
Meals will be served in a single seating with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. The menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair. The ship's Ecuadorian captain and officers welcome guests to the bridge to accord with an “Open Bridge” policy.
Accommodating 96 guests in 52 cabins and suites, the ship offers the choice of suites on two decks, double cabins with beds that can be configured as two twins or a queen, seven sets of connecting cabins for families and friends, triple cabins, and dedicated solo cabins, which are equal in size and amenities to the doubles.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Lars-Eric Lindblad’s pioneering voyage to the Galapagos with the first organized group of citizen explorers. As part of Lindblad's 50th anniversary celebration, enjoy free round-trip airfare to Galapagos for the inaugural National Geographic ll season on all weekly departures aboard National Geographic Endeavour II January 6 to March 31, 2017 from Miami.
Throughout 2017 free air will also be offered on select departures on National Geographic Endeavour ll.
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