South American West Coast
South American West Coast FAQs
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Our ships are equipped with satellite communications for e-mail and Internet access, and telephone and fax, for which charges apply. E-mail access is available 24 hours a day through the purchase of pre-paid Internet access cards onboard, however, since it is satellite access and we explore remote locations, sometimes we are without a signal to connect. Once purchased, the Internet cards can be used to access the Internet on your personal device in your cabin using an Ethernet cable or at select wireless access points on board, or at the Internet kiosks. Internet cards are available in the following increments: a. Internet Gold Card, 250 minutes, US$100.00 b. Internet Silver Card, 100 minutes, US$55.00 c. Internet White Card, 30 minutes, US$22.00. On Explorer, all items are charged in USD. Please inquire about costs in Australian dollars.
All gratuities ashore are included in your expedition cost. Gratuities to crew aboard ship are at your discretion. Your expedition leader will offer a tipping guideline, usually between US$8 and US$14 per person in your group per day. The guideline will be based on number of guests and crew on your expedition. Please inquire about costs in Australian dollars.
On Board Public Areas A choice of public areas is available for all guests aboard Explorer. Some areas, such as the restaurant, are listed here, but there is more information about meals in the “Dining” section below.
On Explorer, public areas include the restaurant, bistro bar, chart room, global gallery, library, lounge, Internet café, mudroom with lockers for expedition gear, fitness center, sauna, spa, and observation lounge.
Heating & Air Conditioning The ship is fully climate controlled, either heated or air conditioned, depending on the outside temperature.
Windows There are grand view windows in the restaurant, libraries, fitness center, lounge, and observation lounge connecting you to the outdoors.
Library Explorer features an on-board library with an extensive selection of books pertaining to the region.
Photo Kiosk For those interested in downloading digital photos aboard ship, there is a digital photo kiosk in Explorer’s Internet Café that will enable you to download your photos to various types of digital media.
Email/Internet Access Email and Internet access are available onboard. Your personal email and Internet may be accessed via Wi-Fi or Ethernet in your cabin or in one of many Wi-Fi areas aboard. Explorer has an Internet Kiosk onboard. Charges apply to Internet usage. Please note that when the vessel is operating in deep fjords, satellite email access may not be possible.
Laundry Laundry and pressing services are available at an additional charge. There is no dry cleaning.
Telephone & Fax Satellite telephone calls and fax transmissions are available at an additional charge.
Elevator National Geographic Explorer is equipped with an elevator that services all cabin decks and the observation lounge. Not all areas of the ships are accessible by wheelchair.
Smoking For the comfort of all our guests, smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor areas.
Climate controls Each cabin has its own thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature (heating or air conditioning) in your cabin.
Balconies On Explorer, certain cabin categories (Cat. 5, 6, 7) have exposed balconies with furniture. These balconies range in size from approximately 37 to 90 square feet.
Windows/portholes All cabins face outside with either windows or portholes. Cabins with balconies or French balconies have sliding glass doors. Some portholes may be covered periodically during rough seas.
Shower amenities We supply Zero% brand conditioning shampoo, body wash, and body lotion. If you choose to bring your own shampoo and/or conditioner, we recommend that you bring biodegradable products. In addition, Expedition Essential Kits are provided for each guest. On Explorer, toiletries are also available for sale in the Global Gallery.
Hair dryers Hair dryers are available in a drawstring bag in each bathroom.
Video programming Each cabin is equipped with a flat screen LCD for video programming. Video programming includes movies, educational programming, and live feeds from the screens in the lounge.
Electrical appliances At the desk in each cabin there is an outlet for 110v and 220v (European). Additional outlets of both types are located in every cabin.
Valuables The ships are not equipped with safety deposit boxes. Guests are asked to see the Purser if they have something that must be kept in the ship's safe, although we recommend leaving valuables at home. All passports are kept throughout the duration of the voyage by the purser.
Unfortunately the Explorer is not wheelchair accessible due to step-through hatch-style doors on the lower levels.
Yes, as on all our ships, guests are welcome to visit the bridge to meet our officers and captain, and learn about navigation and the extensive equipment located on the bridge.
Yes, there is a sauna on Explorer.
No, the Explorer does not have a pool.
Meals are served in one open seating in the panoramic-windowed restaurant or in the more intimate bistro bar. In addition, on occasion light lunches are served out on the sundeck or in the observation lounge. Tables are always unassigned to encourage mingling and to ensure you dine with a variety of fellow guests, expedition team members, and special guest experts. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, with an array of healthy options from fruits, vegetables, freshly squeezed juices, homemade breads—choices range from simple to indulgent to satisfy any yearnings. Dinner is served with varied meat, fish, or vegetarian options at every meal. Our sustainable seafood program aims to serve locally caught or harvested fresh seafood. And our baker presents fresh breads and desserts daily to surprise and delight. Meal hours will be posted in your Daily Program.
We can provide vegetarian and vegan meals, and we can accommodate many food allergies. If you have allergies, restrictions, or special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance. Unfortunately, we cannot provide kosher meals.
Throughout your expedition, there is no need for formal clothing, unless you're inspired to do so. The on board atmosphere is casual and comfortable, and so is the dress code.
Coffee, soft drinks, tea, and hot chocolate are available throughout the day, as are light snacks.
Yes, alcohol, considered a personal item, is available for purchase on the ship.
One of the most important aspects of every Lindblad-National Geographic expedition is the expertise of our knowledgeable staff of naturalists, photo instructors, biologists, oceanographers, historians, National Geographic photographers, and other specialists who provide talks, guidance ashore, and daily camaraderie. These engaging people will greatly enhance your experience, sharing special insights into areas of the world they know intimately.
Your expedition team is key to your experience. They not only accompany all your explorations off the ship, they also give engaging talks and informal presentations on board. The state-of-the-art lounge is equipped with facilities for films, slideshows, and presentations. Naturalists will share their knowledge and add insight to all you see and do. Our undersea specialist shoots undersea footage and then shows images on flat screens in the comfort of the ship's lounge, giving you a rare view of the undersea world. Global Perspectives guest speakers will add depth, knowledge, and relevancy to your understanding of the region. Our National Geographic photographer shares their images and offers one-to-one critiques for those who are interested in participating.
This is a Lindblad Expeditions tradition, as much a part of the expedition as riding in the Zodiacs. Recaps are generally held each evening in the Lounge prior to dinner and include informal presentations by the staff and a lively review of the day's events involving both staff and guests. At the conclusion of Recap, your expedition leader will review the activity options for the next day.
A video chronicler accompanies every expedition. With cameras at-the-ready 24 hours a day and seven days a week, these talented professionals have just one goal: to capture the essence of your expedition for you. A Voyage DVD will be professionally edited and made available for purchase at the end of your expedition—proof of your intrepid spirit!
The Voyage DVD costs US$65. Please inquire about the cost in Australian dollars.
Yes, everyone on our expedition team speaks English. Some are multi-lingual as well.
Yes, Explorer features a glass-enclosed fitness center with gym equipment, including treadmills, stationary bicycles, an elliptical cross-trainer, free weights, benches, and body bar. There is also an outdoor stretching area.
Exploring the world can be a powerful restorative tonic. To that end, we offer you options to tap into your own personal wellness goals and help you rejuvenate as best we can. On Explorer, the LEXspa, sauna, and fitness center are located on the wellness deck. A wellness specialist is available for wellness elements ranging from massages, facials, and body treatments to activities with more fitness in mind, such as aerobic hikes, morning stretching classes with poses inspired by yoga or Pilates, personalized guidance with the fitness equipment, and more. Our goal is not a one model fits all, but rather a multi-tiered approach to exploration and rejuvenation.
Children of any age are welcome on our expedition. We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. Take US$500 off the double occupancy rate for each person under 18. Please inquire about costs in Australian dollars.
A minor consent form must be signed by the parents or parent not traveling with the child. It is also suggested that the legal guardian of the child sign and have notarized a letter of consent to travel with their knowledge.
There is no upper age limit. You must in good health, able to climb in and out of Zodiacs and hike over uneven terrain.
Prior to your departure date, we will provide you with a list of port contacts and phone numbers, indicating how you can be reached in case of emergency. The ships are equipped with satellite communications for Internet access, telephone, and fax.
Yes, there is a doctor on board all National Geographic Explorer voyages, and his or her services are free of charge. The doctor is available at any time in case of emergency. Please inquire about the doctor for your individual expedition.
No vaccinations are required for travel to the areas we visit on the west coast of South America. The CDC recommends that the normal routine vaccines should be up to date: Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR Vaccine), Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP Vaccine), and Polio vaccine.
Yes, it is mandatory that you and your doctor complete and return a required three-part General Medical Information Form prior to departure so that our ship's physician is fully aware of your medical conditions (i.e. diabetes, pregnancy) and will be better able to care for you should an emergency arise.
While National Geographic Explorer is fully stabilized, you may want to bring some preventative medication if you are susceptible to motion discomfort; please check with your personal physician for recommendations.
Lindblad Expeditions costs are all-inclusive:
• All ship and hotel accommodations
• All meals aboard ship and most meals ashore except when an itinerary provides an "at your leisure" morning, afternoon, or evening. All non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship.
• Tips, taxes, port charges, and service charges (gratuities to ship’s crew at your own discretion)
• All shore excursions and sightseeing, entrance fees, special access permits.
• Transfers to and from group flights
• Use of kayaks and Zodiac excursions
• Services of a ship's physician
• Services of our expedition team
• International airfare is always shown as a separate cost since many of our travelers prefer to use frequent flyer miles.
• There are never hidden charges, like port charges. Of course, you'll want to check carefully the inclusions for the journey you've selected, but you can rest assured there will be nothing hidden. Activities and shore excursions are included in the cost of every Lindblad-National Geographic Expedition. We don't want you to miss out on anything. Many cruise lines charge you extra, often hundreds of dollars, to see the sites that prompted you to book in the first place. With us, all activities and sightseeing are included—from guided hikes to kayaking. You'll always have the freedom to pick and choose activities as your day unfolds: a long hike, a shorter walk, kayaking, a Zodiac excursion, or relaxing aboard ship. After all, these are not scheduled tours, these are expeditions. Everyone is different—every day is different.
Yes, if guests arrive and depart on the group flight.