Islander is a sturdy, 164-foot, twin-hulled expedition ship, designed for year-round discovery and active exploration. The lounge features full-height windows providing a beautiful panorama. National Geographic Islander passengers tend to be Adventurous older couples and singles and Mainly American. When all cabins have double occupancy, the ship provides a space ratio of 22.2 tons per passenger and a crew to passenger ratio of one for every 2.4 passengers. At full capacity the space ratio is 21.3 tons per passenger and the crew ratio is one to 2.5 passengers.
Accommodating only 48 guests, National Geographic Islander offers a one of a kind experience to explore, learn and experience life in the Galapagos in an intimate and relaxed setting.
All gratuities ashore are included in the expedition cost. Gratuities to crew aboard ship are at the guests' discretion.
- Adults only
- smoking (some)
Islander offers a range of traditional entertainment amenities, including a Lounge, Bar, Library and shop. Some of them have a distinct expedition feels, as the shop sells items made by the people of Galapagos, and the Bridge is open to guests so they can survey the horizon.
Islander offers a selection of traditional health & fitness amenities, including a spa and fitness centre.
kid & teen
Though National Geographic Islander does not have any facilities specially catered to children, she offers a range of daily activities and enrichment programs bounds to interest under-18s.
Daily kids activities include snorkelling and swimming with playful sea lions, hiking among colonies of birds, and sitting together as the community collectively recounts the day at Recap. These are the things you’ll remember together. Onboard, kids can never get too far away, but they’re also able to exercise their own independence. Often “kids’ tables” spontaneously form, giving kids the chance to create their own friendships. In other cases, families allow kids to freely join different activities groups by day, then enjoy dinner together at night.
Photo workshops with a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor using smart phones or point-and-shoots. Hands-on science using the video microscope and learning about conservation projects, plus hands-on nature lessons with our naturalists who are trained to work with kids and are excellent role models. Journals and journalling time. Scavenger hunts. And “certificates of achievement” for various accomplishments. The kids’ program is learning disguised as fun. You’ll see kids discover hidden talents and gain confidence while having the time of their lives. Kid-friendly menus and movie night with pizza are always a hit, too.
As an expedition ship, Islander boasts an expansive range of exploration equipment, including: zodiacs, kayaks, snorkelling gear, underwater camera and video microscope. These allow guests to discover the Galapagos in more depth and in a more exciting way than a regular cruise would.
Whilst onboard, experts on destinations and naturalists are available to talk to and also give lectures on a wide range of topics associated with the destinations visited.