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For a very limited time, National Geographic Expeditions and partner Lindblad Expeditions is offering a cruise deal you cannot miss if you have kids. Book before June 30 and bring your child or a young adult for free via their kids sail free promotion. Making this among the best options for family vacations in 2023. Not only will your kids explore the world, they will be on an expedition full of amazing sites, rare animals, and have the opportunity to learn while having fun via kid friendly activities onboard.
The limited time promotion is a great deal on select sailings departing between May and September 2023. Explore the Northernmost town of Longyearbyen on the Svalbard archipelago which features the densest population of polar bears in the world. Think, animal planet live! Or explore other fascinating places in the near and around arctic including Iceland, Greenland, the Norwegian Fjords and more.
Kids Sail Free Options
There are 12 sailings where kids sail free. Each child or young adult. 22 and younger enjoy free cruise fare with a single full fare adult. You only have to pay for the charter flights where necessary, usually less than $1000 per person. Every ship is family friendly and most rooms can accommodate up to three people in the room. In case both parents want to come and you have multiple kids, bring them! You could potentially get 2 rooms for the price of one!
Land of the Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard
11 day adventure departing June 10 & 13, 2023 From $12,350
Sail to the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, one of the best places on the planet to see polar bears in their native habitat. Over the past 50+ years, our ace spotters have given our guests multiple opportunities to experience close sightings. In addition to the bears, we’ll be on the lookout for walrus, reindeer, elusive arctic foxes, fur seals, and numerous species of birds. The archipelago offers unique hikes, with artful, sculptural arrangements of whale bones on pebbled beaches and the ghostly remains of trapper’s huts.
A Circumnavigation of Iceland
11 Days departing July 2, 2023 From $12,280
Visit Experience the thrill of Iceland’s geological extremes. Walk on lava fields and ice sheets. Feel the power of hot springs and waterfalls. Icelandic experts and musicians add insight and energy to the expedition. Explore extraordinary landscapes by foot and Zodiac. Meet welcoming Icelanders and learn about their Viking and Nordic history and contemporary culture. Enter havens for birdlife. Options abound to make the expedition as active as you choose, and each day join a different naturalist for more viewpoints. Plus, get top shots of spectacular landscapes with the help of a National Geographic photographer.
Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard
17 Days departing May 17 & July 11, 2023 From $20,960
Sail Norway’s beautiful fjord-carved coast from colorful Bergen past the North Cape to remote Trømso, gateway to the Arctic. Glide into dramatic narrow straits and survey secluded inlets and coves by kayak and Zodiac. Experience the seabird spectacle of Bear Island, cross the Barents Sea, and spend five days exploring the icy wilderness of the Svalbard archipelago in the midnight sun above the Arctic Circle—where polar bears prowl and walruses lumber. A choice of activities allows guests to tailor their days as they see fit and experience an extraordinary adventure in Norway’s coastal wonderland.
Wild Iceland Escape
6 Days departing July 11 & 15, 2023 From $6,780
On this compact, six-day voyage along Iceland’s western coast, zodiac cruise along dramatic shorelines from the wild Westfjords region to the volcanic Westman Islands and visit historic villages to learn about Viking explorers and intrepid fishermen. Discover the land of fire and ice on a compact, six-day voyage to the remote fjords and volcanic isles along Iceland’s western coast. Venture across an island formed by volcanic eruptions where the ground is still warmed by geothermal activity. Set out by Zodiac to navigate dramatic shorelines from the wild Westfjords region to the volcanic Westman Islands. Explore the legacy of Viking explorers and intrepid fishermen during visits to historic villages.
Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard & the Northern Fjords
11 Days departing July 4, 2023 from $12,000
From the wilderness of the high Arctic to the fabled fjords of Norway. Sail amid the ice floes and islands of Svalbard in search of iconic wildlife. Then head south to the indented coastline of Norway, where nature flourishes. Explore the remarkable wilderness of the high Arctic to the fabled fjords of Norway, explore two distinct but intertwined regions. Spend several days amid the ice floes and islands of Svalbard in search of the polar bear, plus see walruses, seals, and myriad seabirds. Kayak, Zodiac cruise, and go ashore to hike. Then head south to the indented coastline of Norway, where nature flourishes.
Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland
14 Days on national geographic explorer departing June 29, 2023 from $12,740
Sail in the wake of early Viking explorers. Encounter Shetland ponies in verdant Scotland. Go back in time at Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old stoneslab village on Orkney. Observe incredible birdlife, including massive puffin colonies and thousands of murres and kittiwakes. Sail to seldom-explored islands in the Faroes and Scotland, and then explore Iceland’s coastal wonders on a near-circumnavigation. In Scotland keep an eye out for Shetland ponies roaming verdant landscapes. Then go back in time at Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old stone-slab village on Orkney, and see the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. Observe incredible birdlife in the Faroe Islands and Grímsey, and on the cliffs of Noss.
Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast
17 Days departing June 17, 2023 from $21,230
This epic expedition combines the wildlife of Svalbard, the ice-hewn east coast of Greenland, and the stunning fjords of western Iceland. Kayak among incandescent icebergs; visit remote settlements; and watch for polar bears, walruses, reindeer, and whales. Discover the wonders of the Arctic on an epic expedition that combines the wildlife of Svalbard, the unique and remote outpost of Jan Mayen, the ice-hewn east coast of Greenland, and the stunning fjords of western Iceland. Kayak among incandescent icebergs; visit some of the most remote settlements on Earth; and watch for polar bears, walruses, reindeer, and whales on a quest to discover the Arctic’s grand wilderness.
Gateway to the Northwest Passage: Greenland & Canada
25 Days departing August 3, 2023 from $39,990
A grand polar adventure into dramatic fjords, narrow straits, breathtaking bays, and remote villages where Inuit communities have lived off the land for centuries. Search for polar bears, whales, and walruses. Experience the storied Northwest Passage and the thrill of true exploration. Explore above 80º north on a grand polar adventure that traces the icy shores of Western Greenland and Arctic Canada. Sail into dramatic fjords, narrow straits, and breathtaking bays, and call on remote villages where Inuit communities have lived off the land for centuries. Search for the mighty polar bear and other iconic wildlife from whales to walrus. Discover the untamed beauty of the storied Northwest Passage and experience the thrill of true exploration.
South Greenland Exploration: Fjords, Waterfalls & Fishing Villages
12 Days departing August 24, 2023 From $13,770.
Carved by glaciers, Greenland embodies the Arctic’s epic glory. Cruise through the dramatic cliffs of Prins Christian Sund and Skjoldungen Island and experience them up close through hikes and kayaking alongside locals. This expedition is rich in wilderness, Inuit culture, and Norse lore. Blanketed in ice and carved by glaciers, Greenland is a dazzling tableau of the Arctic’s epic glory. Witness the centuries of tradition and ingenuity of Arctic farmers, from the ruins of Bratthlid, the estate of Eric the Red, to the modern landscape of Kukataa, the UNESCO World Heritage region of Southern Greenland. Explore these storied fjords as the ship cruises through the dramatic cliffs of Prins Christian Sund and Skjoldungen Island, and experience them up close through hikes and kayaking alongside locals. This is an expedition deep into wilderness, rich Inuit culture, and Norse lore.
Fabled Lands of the North: Greenland to Newfoundland
17 Days departing August 13, 2023 from $17,860
Explore three remarkable regions of the north on a far-ranging expedition through ice-laden waters encompassing Greenland’s spectacular, 100-mile-long Kangerlussuaq Fjord and Ilulissat Icefjord, Nunavut’s Baffin Island, and the wild coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador. Encounter a historic Viking village and the fascinating traditions of local Inuit communities. Hike the tundra in search of caribou and arctic foxes. Kayak and cruise by Zodiac to spot whales, walruses, and polar bears along the rugged shores.
Iceland & Greenland: Edge of the Arctic
19 Days departing July 29, 2023 from $20,980
More than a thousand years ago, the legendary Viking Erik the Red set sail from Iceland to Greenland and was exiled to a stark and spectacular land of endless ice, rocky pinnacles, and steep-sided fjords. Follow his route from Iceland’s magnificent Westfjords peninsula across the Denmark Strait to the ice-sculpted shores of Greenland. Trace the coast of the world’s largest island from the rugged eastern fjords to the fishing villages of the western coast. Search for whales and caribou, and use our ship’s exploration tools to discover the undersea. Visit archaeological sites of Viking and Thule settlements and learn about everyday life near the Arctic Circle in charming coastal villages from Flatey Island to Uummannaq.
East Greenland: Wild Shores of the High Arctic
20 Days departing September 6, 2023 from $27,030
Discover epic fjords and wildlife amid seldom-seen islands and ice floes in the high Arctic. Venture into the largest national park in the world—Northeast Greenland National Park—to seek out polar bears, musk oxen, Arctic hare, and more. Go hiking with naturalists on the vast tundra, glide in a kayak through pristine fjords, and take in dramatic mountain views at every turn.
All Inclusive Pricing
When you sail with Lindblad, the price you see is the price you pay. Making this an easy family cruise where you don’t have to worry about paying for extras. Lindblad/Nat Geo pricing includes nearly everything you can imagine. Unlike the big cruise ships such as MSC or Norwegian Cruise line, with Lindblad there’s no upcharges for specialty restaurants and every excursion is included in the pricing. Enjoy daily zodiac landings, hikes, and more as part of the cost. This is an expedition where the focus is on the environment and taking you to places where most people can never experience. Enjoy the following items, all included in the pricing you see:
- Airport transfers
- Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
- Guidance and company of our leading expedition staff
- All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible.
- Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
- 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
- Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits
- Crew gratuities
- Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
- The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic
- Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
- 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces
- Complimentary Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic parka or jacket on select Arctic and Antarctic voyages
- Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert
- Access to the OM System Photo Gear Locker with the latest gear to try out on loan
- Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
Other Current Noteworthy Expedition & Cruise Deals
- $6,500 fares to Antarctica. BOGO
- 30% OFF Antaractica – Save $5,000-10,000 per person with Nat Geo & Lindblad Expeditions
- BOGO Expeditions to Antarctica, Canary Islands & Galapagos with Hurtriguten.
- 20% off the Arctic + free wifi with Nat Geo
- Kids go 100% on Select Sailings – Nat GEO & Lindblad
- 30% Seabourn Alaska 2023 sailings
- No Solo Supplement Deals – Lindblad
- No Solo Supplement Hurtriguten
These cruise offers are truly amazing and offer 50% off National Geographic pricing when traveling with a 2nd passenger 22 and younger. Bring your older children or your grandchild. This is the perfect time to save on your family vacation.
I have other deals which include 20% off rack rate for two adults or even no solo supplements for adults on select cruises. Yet, this is the first time I’ve ever seen National Geographic and Lindblad offer Kids the opportunity to see the world for free! I have been on National Geographic in Melanesia and was nothing but impressed with the learning programs to the daily shore excursions. The food was also top notch and the cabins are clutch! If you’re looking for a family holiday this summer, do not delay. Contact me today at Scott & Thomas Travel. National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions preferred Travel agency.