Awards and Honors

Some of our recent recognitions

Our commitment to environmental stewardship, conservation, and geographic education has earned us numerous awards. We are equally honored for the recognition we consistently receive from guests, editors, and travel agents for the authentic expedition experiences we deliver and the standard of service we provide.

2017

  • Top Small-ship Ocean Cruise Lines

    2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best
  • Antarctica on National Geographic Explorer

    2017 Andrew Harper Grand Award for Best Cruise
  • The staff on National Geographic Explorer

    2017 Andrew Harper Grand Award for Best Cruise

2016

  • Best Expedition Cruise Line

    2016 Recommend Readers’ Choice Awards
  • 2016 Best For Families, Expedition Cruises & Best For Onboard Activities, Expedition Cruises

    Town & Country Cruise Awards
  • Top Small Ship Cruise Lines

    Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers Choice Awards
  • 2016 Best for Adventure

    Cruise Critic US Editors’ Picks Awards
  • 2016 Best For Families, Expedition Cruises & Best For Onboard Activities, Expedition Cruises

    Town & Country Cruise Awards
  • 2016 Virtuoso Best Vast Partner Award

    Virtuoso
  • 2016 Best Adventure Cruise Line

    Global Travel Magazine’s Leisure Lifestyle Awards
  • Best Boutique Cruises

    Celebrated Living Magazine’s 2016 Platinum List Awards

2015

  • Best Adventure Cruise Line

    2015 Global Traveler Magazine’s Leisure Travel Awards
  • World's Leading Green Cruise Line

    2015 World Travel Awards
  • Legacy in Travel Philanthropy

    2015 Tourism Cares Travel Philanthropy Awards
  • Best Cruise Line for Adventure

    2015 Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s World’s Best Cruises
  • Best Expedition Cruise Line

    Porthole Cruise Magazine 2015 Readers' Choice Awards
  • Top Small Ship Cruise Lines

    Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers' Choice Awards
  • 2015 Gold Magellan Award Winner | Small Cruise Ship
    (500 Passengers or Under)

    Travel Weekly Magazine
  • Best Adventure Cruise Line

    Global Traveler's Magazine’s Leisure Travel Awards

2014

  • The World's Best Cruise Ships: National Geographic Explorer

    Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers' Choice Awards
  • Top Small Ship Cruise Lines

    Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers' Choice Awards
  • Top 20 Small Cruise Ships in the World:
    National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour

    Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers' Poll

2013

  • 2013 Global Vision Award for Leadership

    Travel + Leisure
  • Top Small Cruise Ships in the World:

    #2 National Geographic Explorer, #3 National Geographic Endeavour

    Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers' Poll
  • Top Cruise Lines

    Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers' Poll
  • Best for Adventure

    2013 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards
  • 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards – Top 25 Cruise Lines

    Condé Nast Traveler
  • 2013 Sustainable Tourism Leadership - Supplier Award

    Virtuoso
  • 2013 World Savers “Doing it All” Award

    Condé Nast Traveler
  • Top Small Ship Cruise Lines

    Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
  • Best Adventure Cruise Lines 2012/2013

    Prow’s Edge Cruise Magazine
  • 2013 Gold List Cruise Lines

    Condé Nast Traveler

2012

  • Top Small Ship Cruise Lines

    Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
  • World's Best Family Cruise (for small ships) #1

    Travel + Leisure
  • Top 20 Small Ships:

    National Geographic Endeavour #3, National Geographic Explorer #12

    Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Poll

  • Best in the World 2012 Cruise Lines Top Small Ship Lines #4

    Condé Nast Traveler
  • Best for Adventure

    Cruise Critic's 2012 Editors' Pick Awards
  • Top 25 Cruise Lines

    Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers Choice Awards
  • Best Expedition Cruise Line

    Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards
  • Best for Families - Top Small Ship Cruise Line

    Travel + Leisure

2011

  • Best for Adventure

    Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks
  • Readers’ Choice Awards - #1 Best Expedition Cruise Line

    Porthole Cruise Magazine
  • 2011 World Savers Award for Wildlife Conservation

    Condé Nast Traveler
  • World’s Best Awards - #3 Small Ship Cruise Line

    Travel + Leisure
  • #1 Best Cruise Line for Expedition Cruising

    TravelAge West Wave Awards

2010

  • Reader’s Choice Awards – Best Expedition Cruise Line

    Porthole Cruise Magazine
  • Best for Adventure

    Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards
  • World’s Best Hotels + Cruises for Families:
    #1 Family Friendly Small-ship Cruise Line

    Travel + Leisure
  • World’s Best Awards:

    #3 Small Ship Cruise Lines

    Travel + Leisure
  • Best VAST Supplier (Virtuoso Active & Specialty Supplier)

    Virtuoso
  • National Geographic Explorer:

    2010 Gold Magellan Award Winner for Cruise Ship Small Cruise Ship (500 Passengers Or Under)

    Travel Weekly Magazine Magellan Awards

2009

  • Climate Champion Award

    Bestowed upon Sven Lindblad by Cool Air-Clean Planet
  • Best Adventure Cruise

    Cruise Critic Editors' Picks
  • World's Best For Families Award for Small-Ship Cruise Lines

    Travel + Leisure
  • World's Best Award for Small-Ship Cruise Lines and Tour Operators

    Travel + Leisure
  • Best Adventure Cruise

    ForbesTraveler.com
  • Gold List

    Condé Nast Traveler

2008

  • National Wildlife Federation Honors Lindblad Expeditions For Conservation Leadership with its Conservation Achievement Award for Corporate Achievement

  • World's Best Award for Small-Ship Cruise Lines and Tour Operators

    Travel + Leisure
  • The municipality of Puerto Ayora, the largest city in Galápagos, grants an award to Sven Lindblad for his commitment to the preservation and conservation of the Galápagos archipelago and his commitment to the local community.

2007

  • Global Tourism Business Award

    Tourism for Tomorrow
  • Seafood Champion Award

2006

  • Medal of Commandeur de L'Ordre Civil et Militaire Adolphe de Nassau

    Presented to Sven Lindblad by HRH GrandDuke Henri of Luxembourg for his years of conservation leadership in the Galápagos
  • Newly discovered endemic species of moth, Undulambia lindbladi, named in honor of Sven Lindblad's dedication to Galapagos conservation

  • "World's Best Value" Award: #1 in Cruise Lines; #2 in Tour Operators

    Travel + Leisure
  • World's Best Award for Small-Ship Cruise Lines and Tour Operators

    Travel + Leisure
  • Truth in Travel - The Best Crew/Service: Small Ships

    Condé Nast Traveler
  • The Best Itineraries

    Small Ships
  • Gold List

    Condé Nast Traveler
  • Readers' Choice Award

    Condé Nast Traveler

2002

  • Ecotourism Award

    Condé Nast Traveler

2001

  • United Nations Environment Programme Global 500 Award

    Conferred upon Sven Lindblad

1995-1996

  • Nature Odysseys Tour Operator Award for Excellence

    National Audubon Society

1993

  • Environmental Award

    ASTA/Smithsonian Magazine

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