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About Lindblad Expeditions

When Lars-Eric Lindblad set out with the first groups of expedition travelers in the late 1950’s, he was following his passion to discover unknown places and to share the unique cultural and environmental aspects of these places with others. These first adventure travel expeditions led many to define him as the father of “eco-tourism.”

Sven-Olof Lindblad, Lars’ son, traveled extensively with his father, learning early on the joy and wonder of exploring the pristine corners of the globe. In 1979, Sven Lindblad founded Special Expeditions as a division of Lindblad Travel, enabling the company to further its mission of offering innovative and educational travel expeditions that were primarily marine focused. The company’s name was later changed to Lindblad Expeditions.

Today the company is focused on finding creative ways to explore the places already “discovered.” Their growing fleet of small expedition ships, Zodiacs, sea kayaks, onboard Naturalists and underwater cameras are all examples of how Lindblad continually strives to help open the eyes of our guests when it comes to truly exploring. They do this because they believe the more their guests connect with these incredible places, the more they will become a force for preserving and protecting them.

Under the guidance of experienced leaders who have a great respect for natural and cultural environments, Lindblad Expeditions continues to approach expedition travel as a catalyst for making a difference in one’s life, and in the world.

About Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic Partnership

Formed in 2004, Lindblad’s partnership with National Geographic. This is an alliance of two exploration pioneers in an innovative program to remote and pristine destinations around the globe. On board, guests interact with world-renowned scientists, naturalists and researchers and uncover stunning natural environments alongside skilled specialists utilizing state-of-the-art exploration tools. This partnership encompasses the following key elements:

  • Lindblad ships become a platform for enhancing the expedition experience for all guests by including National Geographic experts, photographers, visits to field sites of National Geographic-funded grantees, forums on board around current events and world issues, and participation by fellowship-funded teachers of geography and other subjects.
  • Exclusive marine partners – Beginning in 2008, National Geographic Expeditions will work solely with LEX on marine itineraries to create and deliver exceptional expeditions that feature NGS experts and educational programs.
  • Expedition technology including bow cameras, ROVs, kayaks, undersea cameras, hydrophones, video-microscopes, crittercams or a range of new tools for exploration.
  • Continued support of conservation and sustainability initiatives through an advisory panel of world-class researchers, scientists and explorers, including oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle and Greg Marshall, Executive Producer and Director of National Geographic’s Remote Imaging Program. NGS and LEX have also established a fund to support science and conservation groups working to better understand the world’s remaining special places.

About Sunstone Tours & Cruises

Sunstone Tours & CruisesFor over 20 years, Sunstone Tours & Cruises has been specializing in small ship cruise adventures for discerning travelers. During this time, their clients have experienced personal, individualized service. There is no one trip for everyone; we find the right travel experience for you.

We specialize in small ships; small ships is all we do, and we like to think we do it well. Any travel agent can book a cruise. Sunstone Tours & Cruises has the experience and expertise in what we sell. We’ve been on the ships and know the destinations. Because great travel experiences often have a profound and enriching effect on our lives, planning and purchasing them is far too important to be left to chance. By offering expert travel planning and personal experience, we offer you a complete travel solution. Small ships are not inexpensive and you want to do it right the first time. Work with someone who has been there and done that.

Linda Androlia
Our small ship cruises website is the portal to small ship adventure travel and deals. Our blog offers news, stories, information and deals related to the small ship adventure experience.

Linda Androlia CTA, MCC, and owner of Sunstone Tours & Cruises has been in the travel business since 1989. Linda has atained the specialty of LEXpert with Lindblad Expeditions. She has been on each ship and has experienced the sailings.