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National Geographic Endeavour II

    The National Geographic Endeavour II underwent a major refit for Galápagos service in 2016 with an all new forward lounge, library, gym & spa along with new fixtures and furniture in cabins, new suites and other amenities throughout. Sophisticated and energy efficient lighting, air-conditioning, water-making and other technical features were also installed or replaced for year-round operation in equatorial waters. The ship accommodates 96 guests in 52 thoughtfully appointed cabins. She is exceptionally nimble and maneuverable, with a shallow draft to get up close, great viewing from all public spaces, an expansive open-air observation deck, large windows in cabins and suites, and state-of-the-art tools for exploration.

    Accommodating 96 guests in 52 cabins and suites, National Geographic Endeavour II caters to a sociable mix of families, friends, couples and solo travelers. The Galápagos cruise ship offers the choice of suites on two decks, double cabins with beds that can be configured as two twins or a queen, seven sets of connecting cabins for families and friends, triple cabins, and dedicated solo cabins, which are equal in size and amenities to the doubles. All have a large window or windows.

Activities on National Geographic Endeavour II

On the first day of your expedition you’ll be fitted with a mask, snorkel, fins, a 3mm shorty wetsuit, and, if you choose, a snorkel buoyancy vest. These are yours to use for the duration of the expedition—so there’s no need to pack and tote your own gear. Guests who own masks with prescription lenses, or prefer to use thicker, full-length wetsuits are welcome to bring their own gear.

Key to our operation is our fleet of Zodiacs, which we use to land on remote islands that would otherwise be inaccessible. With eight of these boats used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer everyone off the ship quickly. A fleet of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards allow you to explore scenic shorelines—where you might encounter sea lions, penguins, and more. Our naturalists will help novices with technique, while experts have the opportunity to explore further afield. You can also explore the undersea while staying dry aboard our glass-bottom Zodiac. A naturalist is always aboard to identify reef fish and other wildlife.

A variety of treatments are available at the spa, making your expedition relaxing as well as revitalizing. Massages, body treatments, facials, and hand and foot treatments inspired by the natural beauty of Galápagos, are all available in the LEXspa.

Fitness center contains a variety of cardio equipment as well as free weights.

Endeavour II features expansive public spaces with room to roam and discover the ship’s nooks and crannies. Gather with friends over cocktails in the evening or find a spot all to yourself, with a book, at midday. On a clear night, head to the ship’s observation deck and ask a naturalist to point out the Southern Cross, or venture to the bridge to mark the Equator crossing on the ship’s compass.

Dining / Food on National Geographic Endeavour II

Our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating, and many tables accommodate an odd number of people to encourage easy mingling. Independent travelers will find a welcome everywhere. Dress is always casual and the general ambience is relaxed and informal. Every meal is a delight and often a discovery—a window, so to speak, on the region you’re exploring. All food served aboard is fresh, local and delicious; sourced from suppliers that share our values of sustainability whenever possible, and often inflected with regional flavors..

Entertainment on National Geographic Endeavour II

The brand new forward lounge features a redesigned presentation space that offers all aboard chance to participate in evening Recaps or special guest events. Life aboard is casual in every respect. There is no need for formal clothing, although you are welcome to bring casually festive attire for the fun of it.

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National Geographic Endeavour II Fast Facts
Maiden Voyage 2005
Refurbished 2016
Passenger Capacity 96
Number of Crew 40
Passenger Decks 4
Total Accommodations 52
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