The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Alliance

Inspiring people to explore and care about the planet

For 125 years, National Geographic has enabled people to explore the world through its magazines and, more recently, its television programs and website. There is perhaps no greater organization on the planet focused on sharing what makes the world around us so extraordinary. Each month over 300 million people engage with National Geographic in some way to learn a little more about the planet.

Expedition heritage
Starting with Lars-Eric Lindblad over 50 years ago, Lindblad Expeditions has been taking people out into the world to explore the most remote and interesting places on the planet as active, engaged explorers. Many of Lars-Eric’s pioneering expeditions—Galápagos, Papua New Guinea, and China, to name a few—were inspired by the pages of National Geographic. In fact, one of the first things you see upon arriving at Lindblad Expeditions’ New York office is a shelf containing a collection of National Geographic magazines dating back to the 1950’s.

To put it simply, both Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic share a heritage and a passion for exploration. Our two organizations exist to bring travelers (arm-chair or actual) to remote, untrammeled, fascinating places on the planet, and provide them with an unprecedented platform and unrivalled expertise to better appreciate the geography they’re exploring.

An experience a world apart
Our shared tradition creates a guest experience unlike any other in the world of travel. Travel with Lindblad-National Geographic cruises and you share the adventure with writers, photographers and filmmakers from National Geographic, and the exceptional Lindblad expedition leaders, naturalists and captains—guides, teachers, and engaging companions, dedicated to sharing the world’s wonders with curious, intelligent travelers.    

Partners in exploration: Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic

Formed in 2004, the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance encompasses these key elements:

  • A fleet of five expedition ships that carry the National Geographic name. These ships often act as a platform for National Geographic experts including photographers, writers, field researchers and film crews to visit field sites with guests in tow. Our ships have also hosted forums around current events and world issues, and carried teachers of geography and other subjects on adventures of a lifetime.
  • Every departure aboard a National Geographic-flagged ship provides the services of a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor. Our instructors are veteran naturalists and talented photographers, who have completed a certification program created and taught by members of both organizations. These instructors are there to help photo enthusiasts of all skill levels better understand their cameras, and take the best photos of their lives.
  • With the help and support of our guests, the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Joint Fund for conservation and research raises some $750,000 per year to support projects ranging from scholarships for students in the Galapagos Islands, to purchasing tags for scientists studying killer whales in the waters surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula.

“Inspiring people to explore and
care about the planet”

The mission of the Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic alliance, simply stated above, is the natural extension of our respective passions to show people and teach them about the wonders of our fragile world. 


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