Galapagos | Lindblad, the new owner of Crystal Esprit, will replace the Islander catamaran in Galapagos

Lindblad, the new owner of Crystal Esprit, will replace the Islander catamaran in Galapagos


Lindblad Expeditions plans for the operation of the former Crystal Esprit at the Galapagos Islands after it has been refurbished. It will eventually replace the National Geographic Islander.

National Geographic Islander | Galapagos Cruise

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings stated in an 8K file that it had reached an agreement with Crystal Cruises for the purchase of the vessel at $13.3 million.

The company stated that it was an opportunity to purchase a ship which would allow them to offer amazing expeditions to some of the most extraordinary destinations in the world for many years to come.

Crystal announced earlier this month that it had purchased the Crystal Esprit and that the small-yacht concept doesn't fit in with its future plans.

Lindblad filed the 8K on August. In August, Lindblad stated that the company expected to operate the vessel in Galapagos with 48 people.

Galapagos Islands Experience | Sea Lion

Crystal stated that Crystal Esprit was a great part of the Crystal fleet. She offers a boutique yachting experience, which has earned her the admiration of discerning travellers and won awards since her debut in 2015. We have been reviewing our focus post-pandemic and decided that the small-yacht concept is not a good fit for future plans. Instead, we will continue to work on the deployment of our Crystal river, ocean and expedition fleets as well as exploring newbuilds.

Andre Robles
Andre Robles
Andre Robles is an expert in everything South America, his passion for the region and exploring off the beaten path makes his travel writing both useful and interesting. He has written for several mainstream publications and you can read his guides on Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Andre is also an accomplished photographer and has been recognized as one of the best wildlife photographers in the region, his photos have been featured in National Geographic and other journals. As a travel agent Andre specializes in curating unique experiences, crafting tailor made itineraries and helping visitors make the best of their vacation, always putting the experience first
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