It’s the largest ship ever to visit the Galápagos Islands, a group of Caribbean islands off Ecuador. The Crystal Serenity will sail around them and then dive in for some deep-sea snorkeling.

The “cruising with radio” is a cruise ship that will be sailing in the Galápagos Islands for Lindblad Expeditions. The ship has been renovated and will have many amenities such as Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and a gym.

The former Crystal Esprit is now being converted into the National Geographic Islander II, the newest addition to Lindblad Expedition’s fleet.

The all-suite ship, which will carry just 48 passengers, will set sail for the Galápagos Islands on August 18, 2022. She’ll be able to sail there all year.

national geographic islander II rendering(Lindblad Expeditions provided the rendering.)

Inside-outdoor eating choices, a well-equipped observation deck, and teak matting that links the indoor and outdoor rooms are all part of the vessel’s complete makeover. A marina and a Science Hub will be among the new expedition facilities.


Large windows, convertible king/twin beds, a couch, marble double-sink bathrooms, a flat-screen TV, and adequate storage space will be included in each of National Geographic Islander II’s 26 suites.

national geographic islander II suite rendering(Lindblad Expeditions provided the rendering.)

Each of the four Islander Suites will include four windows, a separate living area, and a bathroom with a bathtub and rain shower.

There are connecting suites as well as four distinct solo suites and triple choices.

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Public Areas & Amenities

Pre-dinner chat, handmade drinks, and instructive presentations will take place in the vessel’s renovated Cove lounge.

The enlarged al fresco Patio Café and Yacht Club Restaurant will serve food.

national geographic islander II renderingPatio Café (Lindblad Expeditions provided the rendering.)

The National Geographic Islander II is equipped with a fleet of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, a custom-built glass-bottom Zodiac, and a flotilla of Mark V Zodiacs for active exploration.

The new Science Hub will link passengers to Lindblad and National Geographic’s tradition of conservation and research via an interactive film display, lab benches, and chairs.

Two Conservation Suites cabins will also be on board, constructed specifically for Galápagos residents, local and international researchers, educators, storytellers, and other specialists who will be sharing their knowledge and experiences with visitors.

Lindblad’s ties to the islands, Ecuador, and its people will be honored aboard the ship. Much of the artwork and décor aboard will be made by local artists and craftsmen, and the cuisine and beverage menu will emphasize Ecuador’s four regions using locally sourced products.

national geographic islander II(Lindblad Expeditions provided the rendering.)

Additional Information

The expedition ship, named after the National Geographic Islander she will replace, will have a one-to-one guest-to-crew ratio. An expedition leader and four Naturalists, including an underwater expert, certified photo teacher, and trained field educators who run the National Geographic Global Explorers family program, will be aboard the ship.

The National Geographic Islander II is 280 feet long, 46 feet wide, and equipped with stabilizers to provide a calm sailing experience.

Reduced outside lighting, unique paint, and reclaimed water from new air conditioning systems are among the significant environmental and fuel-efficient modifications included in the restoration to better outfit the vessel for the Galápagos.

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