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#21
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Joined Apr 2009
I cannot seem to find any pictures od the Lindblad Islander suites. We are looking at the Category 4 range,but I still find it odd that there are no web pix.

Any insight on suite selection would be much appreciated.
#22
Little Rock, AR
345 Posts
Joined Nov 2009
Originally posted by gaume
I cannot seem to find any pictures od the Lindblad Islander suites. We are looking at the Category 4 range,but I still find it odd that there are no web pix.

Any insight on suite selection would be much appreciated.
We sailed on the Islander in June, 2009. I have traveled the Galapagos with A&K as well as Lindblad and I enjoyed the recent trip on the Islander immensely. I will look when I get home for pictures of the suite. We were in the middle on the port side. When you walk into the room you are looking at two beds with storage above the head of the bead and a small window between the beds looking over the balcony. There is a small desk to the left of the beds and a large bank of mirrored closet space. The bath is very small and to the left--head and shower. You walk through the room between the closet and the desk and down one step to the balcony. It has a table and two chairs as well as a chaise. It is tight. It is also sealed shut with glass--not open to air. I chose this room as I was traveling with my teenage son so I thought it would afford us both a little space for dressing, showering, etc.

The trip is absolutely fabulous. Pricey but completely worth it. I am traveling again with Lindblad in March to Sea of Cortez---my son and I enjoyed the trip to Galapagos so much we immediately another trip with Lindblad. I will see if I have pictures--I took thousands of them and have yet to get them all sorted!

If you have other questions let me know.
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#23
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Joined Apr 2009
Thanks for your reply. And, for looking for those pictures. I take it you felt that the room was big enough. We're port side room 408.
What shoes worked best for you?
#24
Little Rock, AR
345 Posts
Joined Nov 2009
Originally posted by gaume
Thanks for your reply. And, for looking for those pictures. I take it you felt that the room was big enough. We're port side room 408.
What shoes worked best for you?
I hope I can get these picks to download. I have not done this before.
I love Merrel shoes--hope I can mention a brand. I have their hiking shoes as well as a pair of their water hiking shoes. Your shoes, hat, and camera are the most important things. Lindblad is great about sending a list of things to bring. The ship is very casual, the food is wonderful, the naturalists are absolutely the best, and the room is rarely occupied. Can you tell we loved it?
I guess the pic files are to large--I keep getting an error code. If you know how to send me your email privately I can try that or I will ask the teenager tonight and he will know how to send them.
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#25
Little Rock, AR
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Gaume
I had to decrease the file size by a bunch. They did load but you may not be able to see much.
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#27
colorado springs, colorado
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Joined Jun 2003
anyone else out there in CC-land going to Galapagos with us?

we can't wait.....even tho i am a pathetic swimmer and hardly a waterbaby , i trust that won't make a huge difference in the experience...
sure hope i don't forget the rules and reach out to pat a baby seal!

(we have three days post-Galapagos in Quito...guess i better go ck that thread)

any suggestions/advice/stories will be appreciated!

susan
#29
Richmond, VA
377 Posts
Joined May 2009
We are on the March 6th embarcation. Susan if you check back, we will be interested in your comments from Feb trip

Looking forward to this great trip!
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#30
colorado springs, colorado
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Joined Jun 2003
Originally posted by Tyler919
We are on the March 6th embarcation. Susan if you check back, we will be interested in your comments from Feb trip
Looking forward to this great trip!
Tyler, we are halfway through this amazing adventure (no one could ever mistake it for a CRUISE!) internet availability is rare and expensive, so if you will e-mail me your questions, i will do my best to give you our impressions.

susan murray
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#33
colorado springs, colorado
987 Posts
Joined Jun 2003
Originally posted by dustythreads
March 28 embarkation. Category 1 cabin. I just can't wait.
we just got back from the most amazing week on the Endeavor in the GI!!!
also Cat 1...would be happy to share info if you want to email me at srmsmu73 at a 0 l, etc.....

susan
#34
Richmond, VA
377 Posts
Joined May 2009
All glowing details, but if you are expecting 5 star food and cabins, remember this is Adventure travel, not Regent. That said, the trip is a once in a lifetime excursion. Roughly 100 guests and enough Naturalists to make groups of 12 in each walk or snorkle trip. All embark and disembark is onto rubber Zodiacs, and can be tricky in even light seas.

This is not a trip for those in ill health or with mobility issues.

Walks are slow paced nature hikes on lava, many time slippery but with good shoes or boots accessible. There is NEVER a need to be in the first group: Amazingly the animals are never scared away. Those who come through last see as many or more as the first group. Certain groups are labled as "photograhy buffs" and are at a snail's pace. Expect to see and/or swim with playful sea lions (NOT SEALS), Blue footed and Nasca Bobbies, Iguana, penguins, Sea Turtles and local endemic birds. Do not touch the animals, but be thrilled when they approach you...and they will.

The food is good, though not excellent. All meals are at one sitting and breakfast and lunch are buffet style and dinner is seated and plated. Our favorite meal was an Equadoran Lunch with fresh Cevice as an appetizer. Vegetarian is available each evening as a selection, in addition to a meat or fish.

The wine selection is quite good and reasonably priced, most bottles in the $20 to 35 range. By the glass is $5-8. Many options by the glass, so no need to drink the house pour. Almost all Chilean if memory serves.
A few talks but not an endless lecture series. Photographers got the biggest crowds, and added a pair of technical breakouts at our request to talk about camera settings on specific models. Local dancers boarded one night for a delightful exhibition.

Cat 3 Room 209. Two of us in a room designd for 3. Sleep sofa was unsuitable for humans (I snored one night so was relegated there) Maybe a child could find a reasonable sleep position, but I could not. Most room have twin beds (as did ours) but there are a nice number of single accomodations, which I found thoughtful.

Average age was probably 60, and we had 6 teens who were well behaved and charming. You will be hit up for a donation to the local conservation group the Lindblad supports, but it is not strong armed, and is US tax deductible according to Lindblad (501-c(3)).

Plan to rise early, most days up at 6:30 or so, with some optional pre- Breakfast excursions. In bed by 9 or 930 most every night.

Questions?

tyler (nine one nine) at comcast dot net
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#35
21 Posts
Joined Nov 2009
Originally posted by oceantraveler
tell us about your galapagos cruise?
Galapagos seems like such a great destination... does anyone have information on Ecoventura? They look really interesting...
#37
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Joined Nov 2001
We just booked the Islander for March 2011. Can't wait to get out our adventuring clothes! We chose Lindblad for the superior MP extension. There is a lot of helpful info on the Celebrity Xpedition thread about packing and whatnot.
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#39
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Joined Nov 2001
Just got some Merrills for half price in preparation for next spring. My first vacation purchase! Should be my last, too, lord knows I don't need any more clothes.
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#40
Bowie, Maryland (suburb of Washington, DC)
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Joined Jun 2006
Enjoyed this thread through the years. We are going on the M/V Endeavor with an International Expeditions tour. this is our 3rd trip with IE. We have already been to Machu Pichu and it is magical. We are going to 9 islands and will snorkel on all. DH really wanted this tour so I hope he has a great time -- sure we will. For those who have gone earlier. Please report back so we can "pre - enjoy".
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