(Day 1, Baltra Island) The crew was impressive in so many ways. The first and foremost – its attention to safety and sharing basic info. Gosh they had so much to impart on us and all of it was done in a congenial, paced manner.
Perhaps the biggest datapoint was when Juan Carlos, the Expedition Leader, said with a twinkle in his eyes, “My friends, please know that we are one big family on the Endeavor, so we do not lock our rooms.”
He continued, “I know you may find this strange but we have nothing to worry about. Everyone on board is here for the same reason – the Galapagos. In all our time on the ship, and I have been here a very long time, nothing has ever been taken.” [ I think he has worked wtih Lindblad for 15 years, perhaps? ]
And so it went for over 90 minutes. More instructions about our schedules, routines, people, etc.
Followed by a safety drill so we knew where to meet should the reason arise.
Again, I came away feeling better about my rather poorly researched choice of the Endeavor and Lindblad. We became completely at ease with our unlocked rooms. So much faster to get in, actually.
We would come to miss this staff and crew by our journey home. It is notable that one can get attached in mere week, no? Proof of a job well done by them.