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Lindblad Expeditions acquired Crystal Esprit to replace a Galápagos ship

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The 62-passenger Crystal Esprit will replace the 48-passenger National Geographic Islander in the Galápagos next year
Lindblad Expeditions is the buyer of Crystal Esprit, for which it paid $13m, the company disclosed during today's third quarter earnings call.

Crystal Esprit's sale was announced in early September.

To replace a Galápagos ship

The 62-passenger, all-suite yacht will replace the 48-passenger National Geographic Islander in the Galápagos next year.

Star Cruises' former MegaStar Taurus had undergone an upgrade at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore before its introduction to the Crystal fleet in December 2015.

'Opportunistic about buying ships at a good price'

'We're pretty opportunistic as it relates to looking at ships around the world that we feel we could buy at a good price to use as replacements for older hardware,' Lindblad CEO Dolf Berle said Tuesday. Beyond the acquisition of Crystal Esprit, though, 'We don't have anything we're looking at at the moment.'

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