Ralph Lee Hopkins

Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour

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Kids were rare on small expedition ships a decade ago, but Lindblad, which has made a push for the market, reports that 12 percent of passengers on its 2012 Galápagos cruises were under age 18. For parents, a tie-in with National Geographic Kids is a big draw—expedition leaders get training from the organization and are more than willing to bend down and answer kids’ questions about wildlife. What the ship lacks in kid-specific facilities it makes up for with creative offerings such as learning to drive a Zodiac craft, wildlife photography lessons, and bridge visits with the captain. If several kids are on board, there may be an impromptu pizza and movie night.

Sample Cruise: 10-day Galápagos, including hotel stays and air from Guayaquil, Ecuador, from $4,990. expeditions.com

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Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour

Kids were rare on small expedition ships a decade ago, but Lindblad, which has made a push for the market, reports that 12 percent of passengers on its 2012 Galápagos cruises were under age 18. For parents, a tie-in with National Geographic Kids is a big draw—expedition leaders get training from the organization and are more than willing to bend down and answer kids’ questions about wildlife. What the ship lacks in kid-specific facilities it makes up for with creative offerings such as learning to drive a Zodiac craft, wildlife photography lessons, and bridge visits with the captain. If several kids are on board, there may be an impromptu pizza and movie night.

Sample Cruise: 10-day Galápagos, including hotel stays and air from Guayaquil, Ecuador, from $4,990. expeditions.com

Ralph Lee Hopkins

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