An exclusive, family-friendly program that’s smart fun for kids and teens
Watch kids develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of an explorer.
Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, this unique program helps kids and teens under 18 get more out of exploring and have more fun, too. On every Galápagos, Alaska, and Baja expedition kids and teens choose fun activities—from earning a Zodiac “driver’s license” to recording wildlife sightings in their Field Notebook—all designed to help them see and do more.
Go with National Geographic certified field educators
Kids benefit from naturalists who are specially trained as National Geographic field educators. They optimizedaily “In the Field" activities to prompt kids to watch out for a particular item, like a creature with scales or a giant coral head on land, then record their observations in their Field Notebook. Kids also take part in fun activities like snorkeling with sea lions in Galápagos or identifying whale flukes in Alaska. Parents and grandparents see kids connecting with nature and learning in new ways. Kids are given room to use their creativity to tell stories about the unique things they see and do through photos, videos, music, and drawing. It helps develop their observation skills and they go home with new skills, knowledge, and confidence.
A Day in the Life of a National Geographic Global Explorer
7:00 AM | Up on the Sundeck
Hop into a Zodiac and zip along the shore and then hike in search of wildlife and strange and interesting plant life. In Alaska, spot a bald eagle fishing. In Galápagos, observe sunbathing marine iguanas. Snap photos with your smartphone and jot notes in your Field Notebook.
10:00 AM | Microscopic Exploration
Drop a net over the side of your Zodiac to collect plankton, then check it under a video microscope to see how it looks and moves.
1:00 PM | Video Shoot
After lunch, meet your Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor or the ship’s video chronicler in the Lounge and get some tips on how to create impressive slow-motion and timelapse videos, then test out those new skills in the field.
2:00 PM | License to Explore
Time to drive! Learn to operate a Zodiac and earn your license. (Sorry adults, kids only.)
4:00 PM | Wildlife List
Before dinner, meet up in the Lounge to go over all the wildlife you saw and mark it down in your Field Notebook. Add the day’s points to your tally so that you can keep track of your progress on becoming certified as a National Geographic Global Explorer.
8:00 PM | Night Sky
After dinner, head to the top deck to watch the stars come out as the sun goes down. Find new constellations with the help of your naturalists and make notes of them.
Having direct access to a naturalist was a real bonus. We could ask questions whenever we wanted and I got to learn about what I was interested in.
Bridget Goldberg, National Geographic Global Explorer in Alaska
Our National Geographic Global Explorers Program facilitates educational activities and experiences designed to help the kids in your life make the most of their Alaska expedition.
In the spirit of celebration aboard, you and your companions will be entitled to Milestone benefits:
5% off groups of 8 or more; $150 shipboard credit which can be used for gift shop items, or most shipboard items including the LEXspa, the ship’s bar and dining room; complimentary video chronicle; complimentary custom photograph of you and your guests taken by the LEX-NG Photo Instructor to capture the moment; complimentary specially served decorated cake; special welcome gift in your cabin.
For new Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness departure bookings only. Milestone celebration needs to be communicated at time of booking, amenity package is one per group and intended for the guest celebrating the Milestone event. Group discount is applicable to cruise portion only, and does not apply towards additional services such as hotels, extensions, etc. Group cancellation terms also apply. Not combinable with certain offers. Valid for groups of 8 or more.
Free Airfare ON SELECT DATES
Book by July 31, 2021, to receive free roundtrip airfare from Seattle to Alaska on select departures on Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness and Wild Alaska Escapes, or free one-way airfare on select departures on Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia and A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii. Complimentary air is based on economy group flights and must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. In the case that Lindblad's group flight is not available at time of booking, we reserve the right to issue a credit. Baggage fees may be additional. New bookings only and not combinable with other offers or pre- or post-extensions. Call for details.
Exploring the Sea of Cortez: A Living Sea & Desert Isles
Search for large pods of dolphins and a variety of marine wildlife including sea lions and, with luck, leaping mobula rays, which flap for a moment before belly-flopping back in the water
Explore water-level caves by kayak, hike uninhabited beaches, and snorkel among fish and acrobatic sea lions
Photograph the landscape as the light changes and the golden hour approaches, with its deep red hues that seem to engulf the desert environment
Conditions permitting, visit Isla Rasa. Composed of Pleistocene and Holocene basalt lava flows, this is where 90 percent of the world’s Heermann’s gulls and a large population of elegant terns come to breed
Visit the old mining town of Santa Rosalia, with its wooden homes and historic steel church, designed by Gustave Eiffel
Families save 25% on guests 22 and under traveling with two full paying adults on select Baja departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare, prior to any additional applicable savings. Call for details.
Mission Tour & Hike Extension
Take a deeper dive into the history, geology, and culture of Baja by discovering some hidden gems of lovely Loreto. Book the Dec. 19, 2021 departure to receive a complimentary 2-day/1-night Loreto Mission & Hike pre-extension. You will explore the Misión San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biaundó that was established by Jesuit missionaries in 1697 and houses an interesting collection of icons as well as a fascinating history of its own. Then, after the guided tour of the mission, go on a short hike into the Sierra de la Giganta foothills that ends with a picnic lunch. Our well-located and comfortable hotel allows you to take an evening stroll along the waterfront of the Sea of Cortez upon arrival. This exclusive extension includes 3 meals (with a welcome dinner on the first night), an overnight stay at the Hotel La Mision, and the mission entrance fee. Subject to availability, and must be requested at time of booking. Not redeemable for cash or credit. Call for details.
SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS
Book now and we will waive the solo premium on solo cabins on select departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
Book by July 31, 2021, for Free Air from Miami—or from $249 and $349 from popular home cities—on select 2021 and 2022 departures. Business class upgrade starting at $750.
Offer on American Airlines only, economy class. Upgrade to Business Class flights starting at $750, subject to availability. Free air offer includes internal flights between mainland Ecuador and Galápagos. All offers are valid for new bookings only, must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions and are subject to availability at time of booking. In the case that offered Miami flights are no longer available, Lindblad reserves the right to issue a credit. Baggage fees may be additional.
SOLO PREMIUM WAIVED ON SELECT 2021 DATES
Book by July 31, 2021, and waive the solo traveler premium on select 2021 departures aboard National Geographic Endeavour II. Solo travelers will pay double occupancy rates for Solo occupancy in designated cabins/categories.
Valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. The solo supplement is waved in categories 2 and 3 only. May not be combinable with other offers.