I'm dreaming of a trip of a lifetime and am stumbling over the first decision. I think I would like to spring for the highly regarded Lindblad/National Geographic tour but cannot figure out whether there is any reason to think that the smaller ship is better for this trip. Smaller is more expensive but I figure that should not be the deciding factor on this type of trip. The Islander has bigger windows, is a catamran versus an Expedition ship (what does that mean to the passenger???) and actually I think the smaller ship has slightly smaller cabins.
Anyone have any thoughts on this?