National Geographic Endeavour

National Geographic Endeavour Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Endeavour

Year built 1966
Flag state Ecuador
Builder AG Weser Werk Seebeck (Bremerhaven, Germany)
Building cost USD 50 million
Owner Lindblad Expeditions
Speed 14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA) 89 m / 292 ft
Beam (width) 14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage 3132 gt
Passengers 96 - 112
Crew 64
Passengers-to-space ratio 24
Decks 6
Cabins 56
Decks with cabins 6
Last Refurbishment 2015
Former names Marburg, Lindmar, North Star, Caledonian Star, MS Endeavour

Review of National Geographic Endeavour

National Geographic Endeavour was built in 1966, originally as a commercial fishing trawler. However, in 1983 it was converted to accommodate passengers on board. The first name of the ship was Marburg, and the conversion was done in 1982. In June 2001 Endeavour joined the Lindblad fleet.National Geographic Endeavour

History - construction & ownership

The 3,132-ton, 112-passenger National Geographic Endeavour expedition cruise ship is fully stabilized which allows smooth passage from one island to another. This cozy vessel is equipped with exploration tools allowing for daily discoveries. The partnership that Nat Geo has with the Lindblad Expeditions line enables passengers to enjoy an expedition style small ship cruise vacation as active explorers. Lindblad cruise ships sail unique destinations to explore out-of-the-way inlets, making Zodiac landings and looking for wildlife.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Endeavour itinerary program is based on Galapagos Islands cruises departing from Baltra (pre- and post- cruise hotel stay in Guayaquil, Ecuador).


National Geographic Endeavour has 6 passenger decks and 56 cabins, all of which Outside with portholes or windows. The cabin grades number is 7.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Nat Geo Endeavour has one Main Dining Room which offers single seating with unassigned tables.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Ideally suited for the intriguing Galapagos expeditions, the National Geographic Endeavour carries wet suits, snorkeling gear, underwater cameras, a glass-bottom boat, kayaks and a fleet of Zodiacs. Every voyage is accompanied by a full-time doctor, photo instructor, video chronicler, wellness and undersea specialists. Internet access is available shipwide.

Nat Geo Endeavour public areas include an intimate covered deck with chairs, tables and hammocks; a fitness center, sauna and spa plus a small swimming pool; gift shop; library; doctor’s office; lounge with bar and facilities for slide shows, presentations and films.

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  • Accident reports and news
  • Cabin grades number: 7
  • Total number of cabins: 56 (all of which Outside)
  • Dining Rooms:  Dining Room (single seating with unassigned tables)
  • Lounges & Bars: lounge with full-service bar, facilities for films and presentations.
  • LEX Spa, sauna, small swimming pool, fitness center, library, gift shop, Internet access, laundry service.
  • MS National Geographic Endeavour is an expedition cruise ship specially designed for navigating in remote areas and especially in the polar regions. The vessel was built in Bremerhaven Germany, originally as a fishing ship (commercial fishing trawler). In 1983 it was converted to accommodate and carry passengers on board. Its original name was "MS Marburg", the conversion was done in 1982, and the ship joined the Lindblad fleet in June 2001.
  • The other Nat Geo ("National Geographic") named Lindblad ships are Endeavour 2ExplorerIslanderOrionSea BirdSea Lion.
  • As a true expedition ship, National Geographic Endeavour cruises are marked by the company of a full-time doctor and a wellness specialist, a photo instructor and a video chronicler, and also an undersea specialist. Another feature is the specific expedition equipment on board, including kayaks and Zodiacs, wet suits and snorkeling gear, also a glassbottom boat. The captain and all the crew are Ecuadorian.
  • (March 2, 2001 accident) While crossing Drake Passage on a South America cruise to Antarctica (the Cape Horn route), the Linblad Endeavour ship was struck by a 30 m / 98 ft high rogue wave. It smashed the bridge's windows and ruined the communications and all the navigation equipment. The ship was assisted by the Argentinian tug ARA Alferez Sobral. Three days later, Endeavour reached port Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina).

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