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Profile: Polaris
By Hideaways Staff

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 Islands.

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, regional dishes.

Summer 2000

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