Best Cruise Lines

Lindblad Expeditions boasts six large National Geographic vessels, plus a handful of smaller ships that each hold less than 50 passengers. The star of the fleet is the 30-sail Sea Cloud, which dates back to the 1930s and holds 58 people. The cruise line excels in nature-oriented destinations, including Antarctica, the Galapagos, South Africa, Costa Rica, Baja California and the Mekong River. Flexible meal times and a convivial atmosphere in the casual dining room create a relaxed onboard environment. The company's partnership with National Geographic means that on every journey guests travel alongside world-renowned scientists, researchers, photographers and even hosts from the Nat Geo TV channel.