Capt. Ben Lyons,
Chief Executive Officer,
Expedition Voyage Consultants
Ben has spent his entire life captivated by ships and travel. As a Captain, travel writer and MBA, his unique set of skills allows him to mix his passion for travel and work.
After graduating from Groton School in Massachusetts, Ben decided to follow his passion and attended the US Merchant Marine Academy. He served as an officer onboard a variety of vessels ranging from large cruise ships in Hawaii to cable ships installing undersea fiber optic systems. In 2003, Ben was asked to join Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2, then under construction in France, and consequently became the first (and still only) American officer the company had hired in its over 160 year history. Ben served for five years onboard, leaving as the liner's Chief Officer.
An avid traveler to unusual, less developed regions, Ben has also been an active travel writer for over a decade, with his articles and reviews appearing in a wide range of guidebooks, magazines and newspapers. After several years specializing in writing about expedition cruising, he traveled to Antarctica in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the seventh continent. Soon thereafter, he left Cunard to join Lindblad Expeditions in order to explore more of the world's wild, polar regions. Ben sailed on National Geographic Endeavour and National Geographic Explorer, first as Chief Officer and later as Captain.
In addition, Ben's interest in the business of shipping and expedition travel spurred him to pursue his MBA, which he earned at Columbia Business School in his adopted hometown of New York City.