Ten-day expedition on a journey to the homeland of the Phillies’ mascot

Fans are invited to get on board the National Geographic Endeavour and set sail with the Phillie Phanatic on a unique ten-day expedition to the Galapagos Islands.

Scheduled to depart Friday, November 23, 2012, and hosted by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic, the Phillie Phanatic’s Galapagos Islands Journey will take fans to the Phanatic’s homeland of the Galapagos Islands, located in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador.

“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Tom Burgoyne, the Phillie Phanatic’s Best Friend. “Fans will embark on an adventure through the Phanatic’s homeland, which happens to be one of the most remote areas of the world. I brought my family with me last year and after a week exploring the islands and observing all the wildlife that thrives there, we have created wonderful memories that will last forever.”

Highlights of the Phillie Phanatic’s Galapagos Islands Journey include:

  • With the expertise of naturalists, fans will get an up close and personal look at the fearless wildlife that inhabit the Galapagos, which include giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and different bird species.
  • Fans will get a chance to be part of a photo session with the Phanatic and participate in several Phillies events on board the ship,  all hosted  by Tom Burgoyne (the Phillie Phanatic’s Best Friend) and Dave Raymond (the “original” Best Friend of the Phanatic).
  • Voyagers will be invited to visit a local school in the Galapagos Islands with the Phanatic, and be a part of a “Be a Phanatic About Reading” assembly.


  • Fans can participate in several different explorations on the islands – including hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, or simply relaxing aboard ship.


The National Geographic Endeavour is a 96-passenger expedition ship. Space is limited and fans are encouraged to make reservations now. For more information, including a day-by-day itinerary and rates, please call 1-800-EXPEDITION (397-3348) or visit www.expeditions.com/philadelphia. To view a video of what fans will experience aboard the Phillie Phanatic’s Galapagos Islands Journey, please visit http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=20087041.


About Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, specialists in expedition travel, offers voyages in the Galápagos, Antarctica, the Arctic, Baja California, Alaska, Costa Rica, Panama, the Amazon, Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond. The company works in alliance with the National Geographic Society to inspire travelers to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, the organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has been named “#1 Small Ship Cruise Line (Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Family Awards 2011); “Best for Adventure” (2011 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards); “#1 Best Expedition Cruise Line (Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards 2011) and was a winner in the Wildlife Conservation category of the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards.

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Deb Rinaldi, The Phillies, drinaldi@phillies.com, 215-218-5391

Patty Disken-Cahill, Lindblad Expeditions, 212-261-9081, pattydc@expeditions.com