Lindblad relaunches former Crystal Cruise ship in Galapagos

Lindblad Expeditions was preparing to launch its new cruise ship – acquired last year from Genting Hong Kong and Crystal Cruises.

The ship has been rebuilt and rechristened the National Geographic Islander II (IMO 8705266). It is scheduled to begin operations in the Galapagos on August 19th.

The new cruise ship arrived in Ecuador late in July.

Lindblad paid a reported $13m for the ship. It has now completed an extensive makeover of the ship with additions to tailor her to the Galapagos market, including the addition of a science lab and an expanded outdoor cafe. The 3,370 gt cruise ship offers all-suite accommodations for 48 passengers in 26 suites.

The vessel’s sibling ship has been acquired by a Christian charity organization, OM, which plans to relaunch it in 2023 as the Doulos Hope, a missionary ship expanding the group’s work with impoverished and developing nations.

1991-built, Bahamas-flagged, 3,370 gt National Geographic Islander II is owned by Lex Esprit Ltd care of manager Lindblad Expeditions LLC of Seattle, Washington, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Marventura de Turismo Cia Ltda.