Cuba Expedition Team

Share the adventure with dedicated experts


Over the 50 years of our expedition history, the quality of our veteran staff, and their companionship is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. Together with National Geographic, there are no better Cuba tour guides anywhere.

The team composition
Every people-to-people Cuba expedition includes a veteran expedition leader and a team of three staff members deeply knowledgeable about the history, cultures, and wilderness of Cuba. You’ll travel with a naturalist/photo instructor and two cultural specialists or historians. Their dedication and passion for the region is a key to your experience.

More specialties and personalities
You are always part of a small group, with a ratio of one team member to every 11 guests. Our excellent staff-to-guest ratio ensures a healthy diversity of specialties and personalities. You are never directed into groups. You’re free to gravitate to the naturalists whose interests mirror your own. Our team is dedicated to making each day of your expedition uniquely yours, and deeply rewarding.

Featured Cuba Team Members

  • Berit Solstad

    Naturalist
    Berit grew up on the rocky shores of Marblehead, Massachusetts. In the tidal cove behind her family’s home she found horseshoe crabs, eels, and feeding frenzies of fishes and birds. Low tides exposed clam flats, crabs, mussels, and snails. She explored this marine environment through changing tides and seasons, nurturing a love of natural history and marine biology.

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  • Emma Ridley

    Expedition Leader
    Born of a Scottish father and English mother, Emma enjoyed an international upbringing because of her father’s job as a foreign correspondent.  Although her family eventually settled in Rome, Emma's schooling was conducted in French, having started her studies in Brussels, Belgium and finishing at the Lycée Français de Rome in 1988.

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  • Fabio Amador

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Fabio (Fe) Amador is a Senior Program Officer for the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program, which is dedicated to funding exploratory research around the world. He has traveled and worked extensively throughout Latin America and is presently collaborating with research projects in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Peru, El Salvador, and Madagascar. He has also traveled regularly to Cuba over the past five years on educational and scientific missions for National Geographic. As a trained archaeologist, his interest in Taino Indian culture (which spanned the Greater Antilles, including Cuba) is focused on the sacred landscape and the use of caves for ritual activity. In his role at National Geographic, Fabio uses imaging and visualization technologies to provide new ways of capturing data and to document the experience of conducting research and exploration. His initiative in supporting worldwide research has resulted in a workshop titled The Art of Communicating Science. This capacity building initiative is aimed at students, scholars, explorers, government agencies, and stewards of the cultural and natural patrimony, so that they can be trained in how to develop, design and use imaging technology to document, protect, and communicate the importance of their heritage through exploration, discovery, and storytelling. Fe's continued effort in communicating science has allowed him to use photography, cinematography, and other multimedia tools to reach large audiences through his public lectures at universities, presentations at international scientific and professional symposia, publications in scholarly journals and on National Geographic’s Explorers Journal and NatGeo News Watch online blogs.

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  • Jeff Phillippe

    Expedition Leader
    Jeff was raised in upstate New York and completed his B.A. in geography at Middlebury College in Vermont.  He attained his master’s degree in water resource science at Oregon State University where his research focused on glacier hydrology in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. He spent most of his 20's teaching Earth sciences and geography at the secondary and university level, while taking his summers off to lead wilderness and climbing expeditions throughout the continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada.

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