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LastMango
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Galapagos - Nat'l Geographic Endeavour
      #1542457 - 10/29/13 02:14 PM (12.12.235.130)

Linblad Expeditions - https://www.expeditions.com/our-fleet/endeavour

My Mother-in-law booked her children's families to go with her on this trip in June. Looks like it is going to be great.
I've done a Caribbean cruise before and while it was fun it was not my particular kind of preferred trip. This small ship and itinerary looks like something much more my speed.

Anyone here done the Galapagos Islands and/or Linblad Expeditions and have any advice?

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Re: Galapagos - Nat'l Geographic Endeavour [Re: LastMango]
      #1543054 - 11/01/13 05:50 PM (70.193.0.35)

Wow, that looks fabulous! Galapagos has been on my bucket list, and I think this is the way to go! Will be looking forward to your report.

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Re: Galapagos - Nat'l Geographic Endeavour [Re: GaKaye]
      #1543129 - 11/02/13 01:17 AM (198.179.113.126)

Sailing down to Galapagos on a 51' yacht in February for two weeks, will post a trip report with pictures.

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Re: Galapagos - Nat'l Geographic Endeavour [Re: Sunset_Sammy]
      #1543155 - 11/02/13 09:39 AM (108.97.92.251)

Wow, now THAT will be interesting!! Looking forward to that trip report!

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Re: Galapagos - Nat'l Geographic Endeavour [Re: Sunset_Sammy]
      #1543909 - 11/05/13 06:13 PM (12.12.235.130)

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Sunset_Sammy said:
Sailing down to Galapagos on a 51' yacht in February for two weeks, will post a trip report with pictures.



Yes, that will be interesting. That place is a long way from anywhere!

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Re: Galapagos - Nat'l Geographic Endeavour [Re: LastMango]
      #1547139 - 11/20/13 09:34 AM (206.74.140.182)

My wife and I spent a week on the Endeavour last December and it was fabulous. The sights that you will see will amaze you and the naturalists will blow you away with their knowledge and passion for what they do. The crew to passenger ratio is almost 1 to 1, so the service is outstanding. The food is great with an emphasis on Ecuadorian food.

Everything that you read on the website about what you will see and do is true, you will love it.


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Re: Galapagos - Nat'l Geographic Endeavour [Re: sc50]
      #1547461 - 11/21/13 11:02 AM (12.12.235.130)

Thanks for the reply sc50.

We are really looking forward to this trip. If you have any "must dos" or "must not dos" please let me know.

I understand they provide shorty wetsuits along with all the other snorkeling gear, but the time of year we will be there the water is supposed to be kind of chilly like maybe the low 70s. So, we were thinking of bringing our own wetsuits. Other than that we have not learned of anything else out of ordinary foreign travel plans that we should be particularly prepared for.

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Re: Galapagos - Nat'l Geographic Endeavour [Re: LastMango]
      #1547546 - 11/21/13 03:48 PM (206.74.140.182)

I cant' think of any "must not dos", other than the bike ride we did one day - the bikes are pretty beat up and the scenery wasn't that great.
The water is definitely chilly - if you use their shorty wetsuit, make sure it is tight. 68 degree water running down your back every time you move isn't fun. We took our dive skins with us and they helped some - take your wetsuits if you have room, but you don't get too many chances to snorkel so that would be on of the items I'd leave at home first.
Our favorite activity was the kayaking - we did that every chance we got.
The way the schedule things you never have to miss an activity, while some are snorkeling others are kayaking, etc.

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Re: Galapagos - Nat'l Geographic Endeavour [Re: sc50]
      #1596653 - 06/29/14 03:01 PM (166.205.55.36)

We just got back in the states and still have one more flight home. Lindblad - Natl Geo run a fantastic operation. All expectations were met or exceeded. We did everything they offered and 2 days of diving with Scuba Iguana. The wildlife above and below the water was awesome. If you haven't been to the Galápagos Islands, you need to start making plans and I can't imagine there would be a better organization to take you than these folks.

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Re: Galapagos - Nat'l Geographic Endeavour [Re: LastMango]
      #1597456 - 07/06/14 08:51 AM (91.84.76.174)

We are booked on this boat late October/early November. So happy to hear you has a great time. I think we are in cabin 302 as this was all that was left when we booked. If you have any specific pointers, can you PM me or write here. Did you go via Ecuador? We are doing this and my main concern is potential altitidude sickness. Flying directly into Quito. Again, any tips, gratefully received. Can't wait for this trip.

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