Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic announced the latest addition to their expedition cruise portfolio.
They have chartered the 3-mast yacht Sea Cloud II, offering luxurious comforts while reflecting the sophistication of a square rigger. The romantic 88-passenger tall sailing ship will embark on its first season with Lindblad-NatGeo from May 15th, 2024, to September 20th, 2024.
During the summer, the ship will sail 3 unique itineraries, featuring exclusive tours and locally inspired excursions in unique ports of call. These include Hvar in Croatia and Amalfi and Genoa in Italy, as well as off-the-beaten-path explorations of coastal towns that guests have come to expect from Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.
The first itinerary, "Northern Italy Under Sail: Maritime Heritage and Cultural Treasures Aboard Sea Cloud II," is an 8-day journey exploring Ligurian cities like Genoa and Camogli, visiting maritime museums, and strolling along beautiful harbor fronts. The ship will travel between Nice and Naples, offering views of Pisa and Elba, as well as Amalfi's legendary villa-covered hills overlooking the azure Tyrrhenian Sea.
The second itinerary, "Coastal Gems of Croatia and Slovenia Aboard Sea Cloud II," is a 10-day sailing that takes guests back in time to medieval walled cities like Hvar, Kornati National Park's archipelagos, and picturesque seaside villages like Komiza. Guests can visit castles and monasteries, explore charming old towns such as Korcula and Rovinj, and sample regional specialties such as peka (stew) and wine.
The third itinerary, "Navigating Southern Italy and Coastal Croatia Aboard Sea Cloud II," is an 11-day journey exploring the transcendent beauty of the Amalfi Coast, Sicily's storied shores, and Croatia's lost-in-time walled old towns. Guests can discover castles and walled cities, picturesque waterfronts, intricately ornamented churches, and the volcanic Aeolian Islands. There will be ample time at leisure to enjoy the amenities of Sea Cloud II and stroll along the cobblestone streets of UNESCO-designated old towns.