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National Geographic Islander

By Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Senior Executive Editor

National Geographic Islander Overview

A true expedition vessel, National Geographic Islander sails the Galapagos Islands year-round. Originally built for the Caribbean, the ship has been sailing in the Galapagos for more than a decade.

About National Geographic Islander

National Geographic Islander has only 24 cabins, all of which feature windows. Eight cabins, located on the ship's top deck, have glass-enclosed terraces. Each cabin also has two twin beds that can be combined to create a double or queen-sized bed. Two suites are available, and both offer wraparound views from the bow and sides of the ship. Wi-Fi access is available in all cabins.

Sailings include dining (all meals are locally sourced and sustainable, when possible), presentations from naturalists and onboard experts, shore excursions, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits) and access to kayaks. Shore tours often require the use of Zodiac boats for getting from the ship to shore.

The ship features an open bridge, so passengers can visit the bridge and captain any time it won't interfere with the ship's safe navigation. It also has a small lounge where lectures take place as well as more social pursuits, like cocktail hours. Passengers can spend time in National Geographic Islander's small library, which features a limited collection of books.

Fitness onboard takes place in the ship's small fitness center, and an instructor leads daily top-deck stretching sessions. A spa onboard is available for treatments such as massage and facials.

A desk adjacent to reception, called the global market, features products and crafts from local artisans, for purchase.


National Geographic Islander Ship Stats

  • Crew: 32
  • Launched: 1995
  • Decks: 3
  • Passengers: 48
  • Registry: Ecuador
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National Geographic Islander
johnquackenbush
Sail Date: Aug 2018
If you are like me, you imagine a cruise is about the closest thing to hell one could imagine for a vacation. But I must say that this trip was anything but hell. It was an amazing experience. First, the...Read More
National Geographic Islander
Flyaxa
Sail Date: May 2018
We were looking for an exploration trip toGalapagos which was on my bucket list. National Geographic has an excellent reputation. A friend had gone on the Endeavor several years ago and described it as the trip of a...Read More
National Geographic Islander
BettyOhio
Sail Date: May 2018
We thought we would be on the trip of a lifetime with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. The ship and staff onboard were wonderful. The naturalists were a disappointment. They were very...Read More
National Geographic Islander
readytogoin2
Sail Date: May 2018
We went on a Nat Geo Alaska cruise and the 6 of us just knew we had to do Galapagos with them again. It is just an over the top experience if you are looking for a very active and tons of info trip, with terrific...Read More

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