ONCE KNOWN AS THE “END OF THE WORLD” or the “Untouchable Continent,” Antarctica welcomed 51,707 passengers between 2017 and 2018. Travel to Antarctica moved closer to the limelight over the years, all thanks to the pioneering work of one man who had a vision to bring adventurous and education-minded tourists to remote destinations around the world in small expedition ships.
Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first travelers’ expedition to Antarctica in 1966, setting the standard for Antarctic travel with the use of French-made inflatable Zodiac boats and a small ship filled with crew members, naturalists and lecturers to help educate guests about the destination. The expedition was not Lindblad’s first (he started Lindblad Travel in 1958), and it would definitely not be his last, as this adventurous environmentalist set out to explore more and more exotic locales alongside like-minded travelers.
Lindblad is often referred to as the father of ecotourism, but the adventurous spirit didn’t fall far from the tree, and it was his son, Sven-Olof Lindblad, who would eventually launch the company as it’s known today, Lindblad Expeditions. In 2004 Lindblad Expeditions partnered with National Geographic to offer life-changing adventures on all seven continents. Together Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic pioneered culturally and environmentally conscious adventure travel by launching the first kayaking excursions in the Arctic, Antarctica and the Galápagos and the first to launch an undersea exploration program.
Today the company employs a full-time certified National Geographic photo instructor on board each expedition and a National Geographic photographer on board every departure of the National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion ships, willing to help guests get the best possible shots to return home with some truly memorable souvenirs.
Each voyage from Lindblad Expeditions also includes time for guests to interact with world-renowned scientists, researchers, explorers and photographers on board to help deepen passenger understanding of the natural surroundings, history and culture of the destinations. The company operates with a staff-to-guest ratio of no more than one to 16, so every guest has the opportunity or option of one-on-one time with these experts in their respective fields.
Lindblad Expeditions cruises sail to all seven continents, with many expeditions touching more than one destination throughout the journey. Popular cruises include a 13-day Passage Through Egypt, a 14-day Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent and an eight-day Sailing the Caribbean. The fare covers just about everything once passengers are aboard, including meals and non-alcoholic beverages (although a few ships include bar tabs, gratuities and WiFi in the all-inclusive plan), filtered water, snacks and hors d’oeuvres during recaps, fitness center access, access to a fully stocked library and physician services on board. Ashore, guests can take advantage of complimentary excursions, hotel bookings, meals on land (when part of the itinerary), entrance fees, transfers and presentations.
Education and access to knowledgeable staff set Lindblad Expeditions apart from other expedition cruise companies, and the company continues to add more and more voyages to its itineraries every year, offering guests more options for journeying with this adventurous company.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.