Lindblad Expeditions becomes first self-disinfecting fleet

NEWS & VIDEO: Lindblad Expeditions, a global leader in responsible tourism, has become the first self-disinfecting fleet in the cruise industry.

In keeping with their legacy of sustainability and protecting the places they explore, they have announced that they are now implementing Premium Purity fleetwide, a unique cleaning system which creates a cleaner, healthier ship while drastically reducing the impact on the environment.

Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer bow
National Geographic Explorer, Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

The new system, ACT CleanCoat, is a photocatalytic process that works when illuminated, breaking down unwanted microbes such as bacteria, viruses, mold, and airborne allergens.  It can be applied to all surfaces which become self-disinfecting after application. Created by ACT.Global A/S, a Copenhagen-based company, the antibacterial spray is transparent, odourless, and activated by light, and protects a room like an invisible insulation – plus purifies and deodorizes the air for up to one year.

Video of cleaning system on National Geographic Explorer

Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer library
National Geographic Explorer’s Library, brimming with definitive guides, books, novels, and gorgeously illustrated coffee table books, is a comfortable and relaxing place to read or study a topic.

Chemical free, the product uses the ACT ECA water system created by electrolysis of salt and water, to clean the rooms which is completely harmless to guests, staff and the environment.

Lounge Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer
Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer Lounge

“As the oldest and most experienced expedition travel company in the world, we go to some of the most pristine places on the planet.  We are very conscious of the waste we produce, and how the cleanliness of our ship and protection of our guests onboard is vital to a healthy environment,” said Bruce Tschampel, Vice President, Hotel Operations for Lindblad Expeditions.

Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer category 4 cabin
Category 4 double cabin with window aboard National Geographic Explorer.

“Premium Purity is unlike anything we have seen out there.  Our ships are truly pristine and healthy, and we already have measurable results to prove it from our initial pilot program on one ship.  We reduced guest reported illness by 50%; eliminated over 1,000 plastic bottles of cleaning products; and dramatically reduced water usage by 1.1 million gallons per year.  The crew is raving about how much healthier the ship is and how effective it is to use this solution,” he continued.

Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer bridge
Bridge on the National Geographic Explorer

The fleetwide rollout is another step in Lindblad’s commitment toward defining travel industry standards for sustainability and environmentally responsible operations.  In 2019 they become a carbon neutral company, offsetting 100% of emissions from their ships, all land-based operations, employee travel, offices in New York and Seattle, and other contributors.

They successfully eliminated guest-facing single-use plastics fleetwide in 2018 and have operated a sustainable seafood program aboard the fleet for many years. Other related sustainability initiatives include building new ships that reduce emissions while increasing efficiency; mandating supply chain solutions to eliminate plastic; sourcing and serving local, organic produce; making crew uniforms from recycled plastic, and more.

Video and photos: Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic