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Lindblad charts new experiences, from Vietnam to subantarctic

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National Geographic Endurance, left, and sister National Geographic Resolution, nearing completion at Ulstein Verft, are planned to make their maiden voyages in 2021
New experiences at Lindblad Expeditions range from visiting Vietnam’s coastal villages to the subantarctic isles, while fresh returns include Raja Ampat for its vibrant undersea and Franz Josef Land for untrammeled wildness.

Some trips are planned for later this year while others are in 2022 and beyond.

Lindblad’s return to travel will also see the debut of its new twin polar vessels, National Geographic Endurance and National Geographic Resolution, both planned to make their maiden voyages in 2021.

New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam

New adventures include exploring New Zealand and beyond on a choice of two itineraries. One ventures to both North and South islands with departures from January to March; the other goes to the subantarctic Islands for wildlife-spotting on two January departures.

A Vietnam program explores from Ha Long Bay to Ho Chi Minh City in 14 days in October while, in late November, 'Exploring Indonesia: Bali, Raja Ampat And Papua New Guinea,' 21 days, takes in a rich tapestry of cultures,

Wild Escapes Collection

Lindblad's Wild Escapes Collection consists of highly active opportunities to explore regions in a shorter timeframe. New ones have been added to the list, with some options of just five days.

'Wild Iceland Escape' has two dates available in July this year and one in July 2022, while 'Wild Greenland Escape' is offered on two dates in July 2022. Both programs are six days.

The nine-day 'Wild Peru Escape: Amazon & Machu Picchu,' on the small Delfin II, is offered in August and October this year with further departures in 2022.

New Arctic exploration

These trips operate on the new National Geographic Endurance and National Geographic Resolution.

Two Northeast Passage trips between Norway and Alaska are still scheduled in July and August this year, while a Northwest Passage from Greenland to Alaska is planned in July 2022.

And 'Exploring the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land to the Kara Sea,' a 24-day adventure, is still listed in June 2021, as well as June 2022.

South America

'Wild South America: The Guianas to Brazil,' is listed for this October, and again in September 2022.

Eight-day programs exploring the Caribbean coast of Panama and Colombia are available on four dates in late October and in November, and again in late 2022.

'Wild Coasts of Argentina, South Georgia & the Falklands,' between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, is scheduled for October, leading into the Antarctica season.

Antarctica

Further new Lindblad voyages combine the Antarctica Peninsula with southern Patagonia and the Chilean fjords on one, and remote West Antarctica, ice shelf of the Ross Sea region and the subantarctic islands of New Zealand and Australia on the other.

'Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords,' 20 days, is available in November and next year in October and December, while 'Epic Antarctica Voyage: The Peninsula to the Ross Sea & Beyond,' 35 days, debuts Dec. 27, with the reverse voyage on Jan. 26 and repeats in late 2022/early 2023.

Japan in 2021

Three in-depth Japan itineraries are available in August and September on National Geographic Orion: 'Sailing the East China Sea: Japan, Okinawa & Taiwan,' 15 days; 'Coastal Japan: Imperial Dynasties & Modern Culture,' 16 days; and 'Along the Ring of Fire: Kamchatka, Kuril Islands & Hokkaido,' 25 days.

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