Exploring the World: National Geographic Endeavour

Shelley Fry

Exploring the World: National Geographic Endeavour

Shelley Fry

Jul 2007

“The National Geographic Endeavour has a soul. I don’t say that often about a ship, as generally I view them as tools for exploration. But, the Endeavour is different. She reeks of character and has, in her lifetime, traveled nearly every sea. She’s not young but, in the days she was built, ship-building was a real craft. She has a hull shape no one could afford to build today, curved to work with the sea. And, in the years we’ve been privileged to own her, we’ve cared for her and improved her in so many ways. So, on one hand she’s mature; on the other, she’s state of the art. Our vision, together with our colleagues at National Geographic, is simple—to inspire people to explore and care about the planet."

- Sven-Olof Lindblad, Owner, Lindblad Expeditions

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A Word From: Shelley Fry, Program Manager

I had the pleasure of traveling aboard the Endeavour a couple years ago—what a wonderful, comfortable ship with an exceptional staff!

The National Geographic Endeavour is a beautiful, lovingly cared-for vessel that just feels right for expedition-style travel. One of my favorite places to watch the world go by while underway is her library; its comfortable seating and floor-to-ceiling windows make it a great getaway. The lounge, which can accommodate everyone for lectures and recaps, is a hub of activity for both intrepid travelers and the remarkably knowledgeable and friendly expedition staff. The dining room has fabulous views, so it isn’t uncommon for someone to jump up from a fine meal and dash outside for yet another amazing photo opportunity! Cabins are cozy and comfortable. And although I must admit I never made it to the gym or the sauna, I did spend time at the computer station, sharing my adventure with loved ones back home. Beyond the comfort of the ship, the staff kept us engaged as they expertly guided us in the Zodiacs and on shore. Back onboard, I felt privileged to be able to join the officers on the bridge at any time, and it was a thrill to be on the spacious decks of the ship—feeling the wind on my face, smelling the sea, and feeling fully alive as we explored pristine areas that I had only dreamed of before I embarked the Endeavour.

When I started doing research for my Antarctic adventure (I was an ExpeditionTrips client long before I started working here), I carefully examined minute details about every trip and ship so I could make an informed decision. When I added up everything that was included with the Endeavour’s voyage—South American flights, hotel, parka, etc.—I found that her rates were really a good value. Then, when I factored in the amount of time spent exploring the Peninsula region (more time than other shipping companies) and the uniqueness of their program including an onboard Undersea Specialist and Video Chronicler, kayaking, top-notch naturalists with extensive backgrounds in Marine Biology, Ornithology, Archeology, etc, and Lindblad's extensive experience in expedition travel, it was clear that the Endeavour was the best way to go. If I only had one chance to go to Antarctica, then I might as well do it right! I have never regretted that choice, and I must say that it was worth every penny. I value the entire experience immensely, and the Endeavour was certainly the right choice for me! You can read about my trip aboard the Endeavour and view my photos in our Staff Review section.