Lindblad Expeditions Polaris by Jim Mindling South America July 16, 2004
This expedition type Galapagos cruise operated by Lindblad Expeditions. The ship only carries about 80 passengers. The crew is friendly and helpful, there is an open bridge policy, and the naturalist guides were great with children, and this was a children's departure, with about 35 kids our of 78 passengers.
The ship moves from venue to venue each night, and each day is spent on a variety of shore, sightseeing and land activities, all accessed with a fleet of Zodiac inflatable boats.
The passenges were relaxed, well educated and sophisticated.
The bad news is that the ship is very overpriced for what one receives. The ship is old and badly in need of refurbishing. The food is ordinary, served caferia style except for an evening served meal with very limited dessert choices. Hors d'oeuvres in the lounge were repetitious and dull. Espresso is non-existent, as are good baked items.
The overall impression of the cabins, public areas, carpeting etc are that of ship badly needing refurbishing. Lindblad calls this charming, but for the price (over $8000. for two people for 7 nights on the ship, and 2 connecting nights on Guayaquil or Quito.), it is excessive and opportunistic.