Lindblad-National Geographic introduces Nat Geo Islander 2 (fka Crystal Esprit)

   April 10, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Lindblad-National Geographic unveiled the fleet's newest member - National Geographic Islander 2.

With max capacity of just 48 passengers, the 5-deck superyacht will start her maiden voyage to the Galapagos Islands on August 18, 2022, for year-round expeditions.

Formerly “Crystal Esprit”, the stylish National Geographic Islander 2’s drydock refit will elevate the travel experience to a new level. Passengers will find encircling teak decks that connect the indoor/outdoor spaces, an observation deck, indoor/outdoor dining options, 26 premium suites, and new expedition amenities like an aft Marina and Science Hub lounge.

The elegantly appointed 26 staterooms have large windows, a sofa, stocked mini-bar, convertible king/twin beds, marble double-sink bathrooms, ample closets, Wi-Fi, and a HDTV. The 4 Islander Suites, 3 of them brand new, have separate living rooms, 4 windows, and bathrooms outfitted with a rain shower and a tub. Connecting suites are also available, plus 4 dedicated solo suites and triples. The Santa Cruz Islander Suite is reserved as a family suite with a connecting double suite.

The Cove lounge will be the gathering site for pre-dinner recaps, enriching presentations, and crafted cocktails. Dining will be offered in the al fresco Patio Cafe and sophisticated Yacht Club Restaurant.

National Geographic Islander 2 cruise ship

The cruise ship will celebrate Lindblad’s connection to Ecuador and its people. From the food and beverage program that highlights the country's 4 regions with locally sourced ingredients to decor and artwork created by local artists/artisans, on Nat Geo Islander 2 tourists will experience the wonder of Ecuador on/off the superyacht.