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  • 9 Apr 2021

Reunite & Reconnect—Gather Family or Friends & Save

After not visiting with family and friends for more than a year, and with COVID-19-induced restrictions lifting, now is the perfect time to plan a safe summer gathering.

Our long-awaited emergence from isolation calls for a grand gesture. Get off video chats and connect in person on an epic adventure to the pristine, naturally isolated destinations of the Galápagos Islands or Alaska. Travelers of all ages will unplug and engage with wildness; avoid crowds—both destinations will be experiencing dramatically reduced tourism numbers this summer; and have the flexibility to pursue their own interests.

Whether you’re planning to gather your clan, reunite friends, or celebrate your newfound ability to gather with either, Lindblad’s small ship expeditions offer the perfect balance of togetherness and space, and industry-leading health and safety protocols, plus a wide range of daily adventures suited for different interests and fitness levels.

Your group of 8+ will enjoy 5% off the total cost of the expeditions.* And given the design of our ships operating in Galápagos and Alaska, you’ll have the option to book connecting cabins, a boon for families. (Limited in number*, they tend to go fast during the summer season, especially this year.) And if the point of gathering your group is to celebrate a milestone, Lindblad’s Alaska Milestone Package adds a shipboard credit, and a complimentary video chronicle to your group discount.

Once on the bucket list, it’s now on the ASAP list for many

Encounter animals instead of humans on an exhilarating Galápagos expedition, a signature adventure that Lindblad has honed for more than half a century. In this magical, secluded archipelago, the renowned wildlife is unique, abundant, and friendly.

There’s something for everyone here, regardless of age or interest. All will react with joy and wonder when snorkeling with sea lions and standing mere feet from giant Galápagos tortoises and blue-footed boobies. Kids and teens can earn a Zodiac driver license and get credit for observing wildlife. And adults will appreciate the ‘pied piper’ qualities of Lindblad’s National Geographic certified Field Educators who keep kids engrossed.

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Domestic travel that offers the thrill of faraway places

Without leaving the U.S., you can travel through spectacular fjords with calving glaciers, kayak alongside orcas, observe foraging bears, and hike in the serene silence of an ancient coastal rainforest on Lindblad Expeditions’ 8-day Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness expedition.

Younger family members will delight in building a glacier out of ice cream, identifying whale flukes, and tracking wildlife sightings—from soaring bald eagles to boisterous Steller sea lions—in their own Field Notebooks. Lindblad’s exclusive National Geographic Global Explorers Program—offered in both Alaska and Galápagos—is the perfect enhancement to family, or bubble-friends summer travel.

Lindblad’s Galápagos and Alaska expeditions restart in June, perfect timing for summer vacations. And this promises to be a summer like no other. In normal times, Galápagos visitor sites are reserved exclusively for National Geographic Endeavour II—but this summer the experience will be, if anything, heightened. While the islands have been open to visitors since August, the number of visitors is only very slowly recovering. Lindblad guests will be warmly welcomed by these islands dependent on tourism. And in Alaska, nearly 1.4 million cruise visitors were originally expected this summer, but the latest figures estimate a mere 15,000 will visit via small ships. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to have these wild remote geographies virtually to yourselves.

Reset, reboot, reconnect, and return to wildness in Galápagos or Alaska this summer—surrounded by the people with whom you’ve yearned to spend time, or expand your collective horizons.

There are additional offers available on both Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II and Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness.

*As of this post, there are still connecting cabins available aboard National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture, and National Geographic Endeavour II.

* Save 5% when traveling as a group of eight or more. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only and is not valid on extensions or airfare and may not be combinable with other discounts. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies.