Lindblad Expeditions launched this ship, a joint venture with the National Geographic Society, in 2008. The focus is squarely on nature and education, and the ship sails with a dozen experts (historians and naturalists, as well as photographers affiliated with the Society) and state-of-the art expedition technology (including undersea cameras, video-microscopes and a crow's nest camera). Itineraries are in-depth and often long, including 14- and 24-night Antarctica tours and 18-day routes around Norwegian fjords.