Lindblad Reveals More Details on Former Celebrity Ships

Lindblad Gemini

Lindblad Expeditions recently revealed its plans for the ships that were acquired from Celebrity Cruises in June.

Set to be taken over by the company in early 2025, the former Xpedition and the former Xploration will be renamed the National Geographic Gemini and the National Geographic Delfina.

The inaugural season for the expedition vessels, which will continue to sail in the Galapagos Islands, has also been published.

Packages including cruises are available for booking on Lindblad’s website. The programs include ten- to 16-day ackages that explore the Ecuadorian archipelago and other regions of South America.

The former Xploration will be the first to debut for Lindblad Expeditions. Sailing a new itinerary, the 16-guest catamaran is set to enter service for its new operator on February 14, 2025.

The Delfina will offer an “ultimate, intimate Galapagos” experience, with a ten-day package that also includes flights to/from the archipelago, as well as a two-night hotel stay in Ecuador.

Guests will spend seven nights onboard the vessel, which is scheduled to offer a regular year-round itinerary that visits Santiago, Genovesa, San Cristobal and more.

The former Xpedition follows suit on March 14, 2025, with a similar product that also includes seven-night cruises, as well as two overnight stays in Ecuador and flights between the Galapagos and the country’s mainland.

The 48-guest ship’s year-round itinerary features destinations such as North Seymour, Fernandina, Española and Isabela.

According to Lindblad, the Gemini’s cruise, which is also being offered by the National Geographic Endeavour, allows guests to observe the wildlife in the Galapagos Marine Reserve while taking advantage of the vessels that are well-equipped for close-up exploration.

Activities set to be offered by the ships include paddleboarding, zodiac cruises, and tours on glass-bottomed boats.

Passengers can also combine the ten-day package with a six-day land expansion to Machu Picchu, in Peru.

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