Lindblad Expeditions said the superyacht acquired from Crystal Cruises will be called the National Geographic Islander II and make its debut in the Galapagos on Aug. 18.
The 48-guest, all-suite ship was named to honor the National Geographic Islander, which the new ship will replace in the Galapagos.
Formerly the Crystal Esprit, the National Geographic Islander II is undergoing a refit. Travelers will find encircling teak decks that connect indoor and outdoor spaces, an observation deck, indoor-outdoor dining options and expedition amenities such as a marina and Science Hub.
The marina will be equipped with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, a custom-built glass bottom Zodiac and several Mark V Zodiacs. The Science Hub will be outfitted with an interactive video display, lab benches and seating.
Each of the 26 suites will feature large windows, convertible king/twin beds, sofa, marble double-sink bathrooms, stocked minibar, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and ample closet space.
The four Islander Suites will have four windows, separate living rooms, and bathrooms outfitted with a tub and rain shower. Connecting suites are available, plus four solo suites and triple options. The Santa Cruz Islander Suite can be reserved as a family suite with a connecting double suite.
The reimagined Cove lounge will be a gathering spot for cocktails and presentations. Guests will dine in the al fresco Patio Café and Yacht Club Restaurant.
The food-and-beverage program will highlight the four regions of Ecuador with locally sourced ingredients.
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