National Geographic Endeavour II

Former name: Via Australis

National Geographic Endeavour II current position

National Geographic Endeavour II current location is at South America West Coast (coordinates -2.19500 S / -80.91833 W) cruising en route to LA LIBERTAD. The AIS position was reported 49 minutes ago.

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Specifications of National Geographic Endeavour II

Year built2005  /  Age: 15
Flag state Chile
BuilderASENAV Shipyard (Valdivia, Chile)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 18 million
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)73 m / 240 ft
Beam (width)13 m / 43 ft
Gross Tonnage2716 gt
Passengers96 - 96
Crew64
Passengers-to-space ratio22
Decks5
Cabins53
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2016
Former namesVia Australis
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National Geographic Endeavour II Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7408
2020 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7408
2020 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7414
2020 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13472
2020 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7417
2020 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7408
2020 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8519
2020 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $15348
2021 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13762
2021 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13752
2021 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7569
2021 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13766
2021 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13761
2021 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13753
2021 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7567
2021 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7558
2021 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13762
2021 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13759
2021 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13769
2021 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13754
2021 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7551
2021 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13756
2021 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13766
2021 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13768
2021 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13763
2021 May 01 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13750
2021 May 08 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13758
2021 May 15 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13770
2021 May 22 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13770
2021 May 29 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13751
2021 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7559
2021 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7569
2021 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13770
2021 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7551
2021 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7554
2021 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13750
2021 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7564
2021 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13750
2021 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7557
2021 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7561
2021 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7553
2021 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13768
2021 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7566
2021 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7562
2021 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7567
2021 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7551
2021 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13760
2021 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7567
2021 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7570
2021 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13754
2021 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7566
2021 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7556
2021 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7560
2021 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7569
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $13753
2021 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $14505
2021 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip 15 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $15611
2021 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip 9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8668

National Geographic Endeavour II Review

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National Geographic Endeavour II (former MS Via Australis) joined the Lindblad fleet in 2016. On December 31, 2015, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic revealed its purchase of Via Australis for USD 18 million. After a USD 10 million refurbishment in late 2016, the cruise ship was redeployed to the Galapagos Islands with her new National Geographic name.

History - construction and ownership

The 2,716-ton, 96-passenger National Geographic Endeavour 2 is a fully stabilized and ice-strengthened expedition cruise vessel which allows smooth navigation regardless of the itinerary (operational region). This ship is also equipped with exploration tools allowing for daily marine activities.

Lindblad National Geographic Endeavour II cruise ship

The National Geographic Endeavour 2 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 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.

National Geographic Endeavour 2 (built in 2005 as "Via Australis") was acquired by Lindblad Expeditions in 2016. The vessel was purchased for USD 18 million from the "Australis Cruises" - small expedition travel company operating in Patagonia (South America) on itineraries between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia.

Following a USD 10 million drydock refurbishment, the vessel was renamed to "National Geographic Endeavour II". The ship's refit and refurbishment project included:

  • redesigning and upgrading 46 double-occupancy passenger cabins, plus 4 single cabins
  • redesigning all public spaces (to improve outside views and for quick open deck access in events of wildlife/nature sightings)
  • improved main lounge
  • additional forward lounge (with large windows and open decks access)
  • improved top deck (for open-air gathering, al fresco dining, and stargazing)
  • upgraded fitness room and spa
  • new modern audio-video system (for media presentations)
  • adding a fleet of Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable boats for landings) and sea kayaks
  • improved crew quarters

Cruise itinerary program

Nat Geo Endeavour 2 itinerary program is based on Galapagos Islands cruises departing from Baltra (pre- and post- cruise hotel stay in Guayaquil Ecuador).

Cabins

National Geographic Endeavour 2 has 5 passenger decks and 53 cabins (42 double and 11 solos), all of which Outside with portholes or windows. The cabin grades number is 8.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The ship has one Main Dining Room which offers single seating with unassigned tables. The menu is international featuring an Ecuadorian flair. The Ecuadorian captain and officers welcome passengers to the bridge in accordance with line's “Open Bridge” policy.

Lindblad National Geographic Endeavour 2 cruise ship (Via Australis)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Ideally suited for the intriguing Galapagos expeditions, the cruise ship 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 2 cruise ship (Via Australis)

Nat Geo Endeavour 2 public areas include an intimate covered deck with chairs, tables, and hammocks; a fitness center; spa; global gallery; library; doctor’s office; lounge with bar and facilities for slide shows, presentations, and films.

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Among the best small Galapagos cruise ships, National Geographic Endeavour 2 (aka "Nat Geo Endeavour 2") is an expedition cruise vessel designed especially for operations in the remote polar regions. The ship is perfectly suited for Galapagos cruising expeditions, carrying wet suits, snorkeling gear, underwater cameras, sea kayaks, glass-bottom boat and a fleet of Zodiacs.

Every Nat Geo Endeavour 2 cruise is accompanied by a full-time doctor, photo instructor, a video chronicler, undersea and wellness specialists. Lindblad line's traditional "Open Bridge” policy allows the Ecuadorian officers and the ship's captain to welcome passengers to the navigation bridge.

Endeavour 2 cruise ship was previously owned and operated by Transportes Marítimos Geo Australis. On December 31, 2015, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic advertised the company's purchase of the vessel (previously named "Via Australis"). The deal cost the company USD 18 million, with following USD 10 million extensive drydock refurbishment in late 2016.

The ship Via Australis was specifically designed to withstand the harsh weather conditions in South America's Chilean Fjords (Cape Horn region of Patagonia). This is a top-luxury, yacht-like vessel able to easily navigate in the South American fjords and the shallow bays at the very bottom of the continent. The ship's Zodiacs are used for landings on shore excursions and wildlife viewing tours (offered daily).

MV Via Australis ship had identification MMSI number 725003280, call-sign number CBVU, and was registered in Chile. The ship is equipped with the latest safety and navigation technology. Its navigation system features a radar, echo sounder, GPS and modern communication systems. The ship also has a sprinkler fire suppression system. Among the changes done by Lindblad was reducing its capacity - Max Passengers (from 136 to 96, and Crew Capacity (from 45 to 64).

NAT GEO Endeavour 2 has installed Fleet Xpress - fast Internet connectivity provided by Inmarsat (owner and operator of a global satellite network). Fleet Xpress is fully integrated with the boat's phone system (PABX) and comm platforms.

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