National Geographic Endeavour is based in Galapagos year-round; a luxurious change for a hard-working expedition ship that used to cut through ice at both poles.
An expansive ship, and a graceful one for an expedition ship, the Endeavour enjoys extensive open deck space, ideal for whale watching and sunset cocktails, and a capacious lounge for convivial gatherings. Life onboard is informal, fun and endlessly interesting, with lectures and photography talks, and visits to the ship’s bridge encouraged. A small swimming pool on the aft deck is perfect for cooling off, and of course the beautiful deep blue provides plenty of scope for snorkelling.
At some stop off points, a floating glass-bottom platform is anchored for the ultimate combination of a massage while viewing calming underwater life, which sums up what the Endeavour delivers so well, a fine balance between adventure and comfort. And of course, as the Endeavour is equipped with all the necessary tools for close-up exploration, including Zodiac landing craft and kayaks, guests can enjoy getting as close as possible to the island habitats and inhabitants from blue-footed boobies to sea lions and giant tortoises.
The dining room is big enough to allow for a single seating of all guests, with many tables accommodating an odd number of people, so mingling is easy if desired, and expedition leaders, naturalists and speakers join guests for meals. Breakfast is served buffet-style, with hot dishes made to order. Lunch is often a buffet too, and a light version is served on deck, where the occasional evening barbeque is also held. Meals often reflect the local region, and are based on fresh ingredients sourced from sustainable suppliers whenever possible.
Cocktail hour in the lounge takes place at the same time as the daily Recap, when naturalists and expedition leaders take questions about the day’s events and share plans for the next day. This is also where lectures, guest speaker presentations and photography talks are held – a photographer from National Geographic is usually present on all cruises.
Relaxing massages and body treatments are available in the LEXSpa, and there is a small pool on deck. A fitness centre provides a range of exercise equipment as well as a sauna.
A fleet of zodiacs, kayaks and a glass-bottom boat provide multiple options for exploring. Guests are fitted with wetsuits and snorkelling gear on the first day of an expedition, for use for the duration of the cruise.
Food and Drink
1 Dining Room and 1 Bar
1 Outdoor Pool