The atmosphere on the Polaris embodies the spirit of
Lindblad Expeditions—relaxed, informal, friendly, and
adventurous. Manned by one expedition leader and five experienced guides, this
80-passenger vessel is used exclusively for exploring the remote Galapagos
The boat is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs for easy access to the islands,
wildlife, and the coastline's nooks and crannies. Snorkeling gear and a
glass-bottom boat give guests an up-close look at the underwater scenery.
Each of the 41 cabins overlooks the sea; most have two single beds, a
private bath, desk, mirrors, reading lights, window, and a direct-dial phone.
The largest cabins can accommodate a third guest on a sofa-bed.
Public spaces are designed to foster camaraderie between passengers and
staff. In the Observation Lounge, the group gathers for nightly
"recaps"—a Polaris tradition. The library is stocked with
a collection of destination-related books, while the deck provides a quiet spot
to soak in the scenery. Meals are unhurried, unassigned, and unfancy; there is
no need to dress up, even for dinner. In 1998, Lindblad Expeditions' menus were
redesigned by restaurateur Andrew Young and Co., with an emphasis on fresh,
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