National Geographic Endeavour

Former names: MS Endeavour, Caledonian Star, North Star, Lindmar, Marburg

Specifications of National Geographic Endeavour

Year built1966  /  Age: 56
Flag state Ecuador
BuilderAG Weser Werk Seebeck (Bremerhaven, Germany)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 50 million
Engines (power)MAK-Caterpillar (2.4 MW / 3218 hp)
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)89 m / 292 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage3132 gt
Passengers96 - 112
Passengers-to-space ratio24
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2015
Former namesMS Endeavour, Caledonian Star, North Star, Lindmar, Marburg
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc (via Lindblad Expeditions Holdings LLC)
OperatorNational Geographic Lindblad Expeditions

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

The vessel (IMO number 6611863) is currently Ecuador-flagged (MMSI 735058913) and registered in Guayaquil.

History - construction and ownership

The 112-passenger ship Nat Geo Endeavour is a fully stabilized expedition vessel that allows smooth navigation from one island to another. This cozy ship is equipped with exploration tools for daily marine discoveries.

Lindblad National Geographic Endeavour cruise ship

The National Geographic Endeavour cruise ship is owned and operated by Lindblad Expeditions in cooperation with the National Geographic Society (aka NatGeo - a US non-profit institution for science and education). The partnership that Nat Geo has with the Lindblad Expeditions line enables passengers to enjoy an expedition-style small ship travel vacation as active explorers. Lindblad cruise ships sail unique destinations to explore out-of-the-way inlets, making Zodiac landings and looking for wildlife.

Lindblad National Geographic Endeavour cruise ship

Decks and Cabins

National Geographic Endeavour has 6 decks (3 with cabins) and 56 staterooms, all of which are Outside with portholes or windows. The cabin grades number is 7.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

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

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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.

Lindblad National Geographic Endeavour cruise ship

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


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

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MS National Geographic Endeavour is an expedition cruise ship specially designed for navigating in remote areas and especially in the polar regions. The vessel (AG Weser yard/hull number 100280) was built by AG Weser Werk Seebeck (in Bremerhaven Germany) 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.

Among the best small Galapagos cruise ships, MS Endeavour (aka "Nat Geo Endeavour") is an expedition vessel designed especially for operations in the remote polar regions. The ship is perfectly suited for Galapagos cruising expeditions, carrying wet suits, snorkelling gear, underwater cameras, kayaks, glass-bottom boat and a fleet of Zodiacs. Originally built as the fishing trawler/dragger "Marburg”, in 1983 this fishing vessel was majorly refitted and converted to a passenger ship. Former names include Lindmar, "North Star”, "Caledonian Star” and the last one was "MS Endeavour". The ship's current name was received in 2005.

As a true expedition ship, every National Geographic Endeavour cruise is accompanied by a full-time doctor, wellness specialist, photo instructor, video chronicler, and an undersea specialist. Another feature is the specific expedition equipment on board, including kayaks and Zodiacs, wet suits and snorkelling gear, also a glass-bottom boat. The captain and all the crew are Ecuadorian. Lindblad line's traditional "Open Bridge” policy allows the Ecuadorian officers and the ship's captain to welcome passengers to the Navigation Bridge/Wheelhouse.

Before 2015, the vessel was Bahamas-flagged (MMSI number 308182000) and registered in Nassau. After 2015, the ship is Ecuador-flagged (MMSI 735058913).

Nat Geo Endeavour has max draft 5,7 m (19 ft) and a powerplant based on MAK marine diesel engines (model 8M582AK) with total power output 2354 kW.

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