Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic announced six new itineraries for 2014 - some with no set itinerary, dependent on the ice and weather conditions. All are set aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer.
Lars-Eric Lindblad’s M.S. Lindblad Explorer was the first passenger ship ever to successfully navigate the entire Northwest Passage in 1984. In July 2014, Lindblad Expeditions will attempt to achieve the goal again with two inaugural voyages through the Northwest Passage.
The new 2014 itineraries include:
· The Northwest Passage, Iceland and Greenland: National Geographic Explorer navigates from Iceland and southern Greenland on its inaugural voyage through the Northwest Passage. A navigational highlight will be seeing the captain and his officers use the ‘mud maps’ made by Lars-Eric’s team, as they navigate the James Ross Strait, and re-confirm the soundings they took in 1984. The voyage will visit the western coast of Iceland, and its capital, Reykjavik; icebergs at the mouth of Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site; and explore Uummannatsiaq fjord, the site of a mummy find. The 25-day adventure departs July 28, 2014. Rates begin at $24,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
· The Northwest Passage, Newfoundland and Labrador: The second of the inaugural voyages through the Northwest Passage travels from west to east. If conditions are right, the voyage will spend the following days exploring—by ship, Zodiacs, kayaks and on shore hikes—the islands of the Foxe basin and Hudson Strait south of Baffin Island. If the Hecla Strait is impassable, the voyage will sail to the north of Baffin Island. The 24-day adventure departs August 19, 2014. Rates begin at $24,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
· Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast: From Arctic Svalbard, 600 miles from the North Pole, the journey will probe the ice—with the quest of exploring the ice’s edge all the way from Svalbard, Norway to eastern Greenland, ending in Iceland.The 17-day expedition departs June 27, 2014. Rates begin at $13,820 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
· Buenos Aires, Rio & Brazil’s Wild Coast: The voyage will explore a stretch of South America’s east coast. The 18-day voyage departs March 23 and Oct. 10, 2014. Rates begin at $15,740 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
· Exploring The British & Irish Isles: The voyage visits the Isles of Scilly, the geology of Fingal’s Cave on Staffa and Iona Abbey, where Macbeth’s grave allegedly lies. The ship will also navigate around magical Skellig Michael crowned with a sixth-century beehive monastery, and examines the natural geometric columns of Staffa. The 15-day voyage departs May 11, 2014. Rates begin at $12,370 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
· An Island Odyssey: Azores, Madeira, Canaries & Cape Verde: Within Europe, this voyage explores three archipelagos known as the Macaronesia region: the Azores, Madeira (both belonging to Portugal) and the Canaries (Spain). Then voyage to isolated Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa. The 15-day voyage departs on Sept. 21, 2014. Rates begin at $13,820 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
SPECIAL OFFER: Choose a free six-day Atlantic crossing to Salvador, Brazil or complimentary airfare (airfare based on economy group flights NY/Azores, Cape Verde/NY, subject to availability, new bookings only, not combinable with other offers).
For more information, visit www.expeditions.com.