Expedition Style Travel – See, Do & Learn More Than Any Other Cruise Can Offer
For nearly 50 years we’ve been revealing the world’s wonders to guests through expedition style travel. We send you “out there,” on nimble expedition cruise ships, accompanied by expert Naturalists and other specialists, including National Geographic Photographers, for life-changing encounters with beauty, wildness and the seldom-seen.
Explore the World’s Best Destinations
Whether you choose to go on a Galapagos cruise, an Alaska cruise, a cruise to Antarctica or any other cruise, you’ll have a more in-depth encounter on an expedition than any passive cruise can offer.
Our expeditions take our guests to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth. They’re places we’ve been going to for decades, yet they continue to surprise and delight us.
Unlike that of a cruise vacation, our philosophy of small ship travel offers a unique way for adventure travelers to explore and care for the world. Our expeditions are active adventures, engaging the mind and body. We explore with Zodiacs, kayaks and on foot, taking our guests to remote beaches and hidden coves, going further and getting closer to nature and wildlife.
The Lindblad Legacy of Respectful Tourism
When Lars-Eric Lindblad set out with the first groups of expedition travelers in the late 1950’s, he was following his passion to discover unknown places and to share the unique cultural and environmental aspects of these places with others. These first adventure travel expeditions led many to define him as the father of “eco-tourism.”
Early expeditions in those days included destinations such as Easter Island, the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon, Papua New Guinea, China and Bhutan — all with the focus of creating experiences that foster an understanding and appreciation of the most remote and pristine places on the globe. In Antarctica, where Lindblad also pioneered expedition travel, the US Geological Survey mapped a cove in Lars-Eric’s name, Lindblad Cove, on Trinity Peninsula.
Sven-Olof Lindblad, Lars’ son, traveled extensively with his father, learning early on the joy and wonder of exploring the pristine corners of the globe. As a young man, Sven spent six years in East Africa photographing elephants and wildlife and assisting filmmakers on a documentary about the destruction of African rainforests. This early and deep exposure to the balance between man’s relationship to natural resources was instrumental in Sven’s efforts over the years, to find ways for his business to help preserve natural resources and get involved in conservation efforts.
In 1979, Sven Lindblad founded Special Expeditions as a division of Lindblad Travel, enabling the company to further its mission of offering innovative and educational travel expeditions that were primarily marine focused. Offerings expanded to Costa Rica, Baja California, and gorgeous Alaska cruises providing travelers with opportunities to explore, with small ship cruises, the islands, coves and open spaces of the sea that reminded Lindblad of the remote and vast expanse of the Serengetti plains. The company’s name was later changed to Lindblad Expeditions.
Today the company is focused on finding creative ways to explore the places already “discovered.” Their growing fleet of small expedition ships, Zodiacs, sea kayaks, onboard Naturalists and underwater cameras are all examples of how Lindblad continually strives to help open the eyes of our guests when it comes to truly exploring. They do this because they believe the more their guests connect with these incredible places, the more they will become a force for preserving and protecting them.
Under the guidance of experienced leaders who have a great respect for natural and cultural environments, Lindblad Expeditions continues to approach expedition travel as a catalyst for making a difference in one’s life, and in the world.
“All the animals and land throughout the planet are held in trust by us. We have no right to destroy or change this heritage so that it becomes unrecognizable. We have a duty to pass the planet along to future generations in as unspoiled a way as possible. This requires intelligence, foresight, understanding and creative effort.