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Availability : Jul - Aug 2018 / May to Sept 2019
Seattle - United States
Seattle - United States
National Geographic Expeditions

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
 
  • The National Geographic QuestNational Geographic Venture, and National Geographic Sea Lion are each equipped with a fleet of expedition landing craft and kayaks, allowing for in-depth exploration of icebergs, calving glaciers, and hidden coves.
  • Glimpse Alaska’s seldom-seen marine life alongside our undersea specialist, and listen to communication among whales with the ship’s hydrophone.
  • Hear a Tlingit cultural interpreter share the oral lore of Alaska’s indigenous populations.
  • Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation to learn about the behaviors of the area whale population.
EXPEDITION TEAM

Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts – from naturalists to regional specialists – who will share their knowledge and insights the wildlife, landscape and local culture. Select a member of the expedition team below to see their bio and dates.

Rab Cummings
Mike Greenfelder
Susan Seubert
 
 
ITINERARY

Experience the remarkable beauty of southeastern Alaska on a voyage into a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Search for orcas and humpback whales, kayak around dramatic icebergs, spend a full day in Glacier Bay National Park, and learn about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage. Our approach during this voyage is one of discovery, and the long days of summer allow for wildlife viewing well into the evening hours. Traveling aboard the National Geographic Sea Lionor the new sister ships National Geographic Questand National Geographic Venture, we take time to stop and explore this intriguing place up close in the company of expert naturalists who have an intimate knowledge of the region.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 
DAY 1: SEATTLE/JUNEAU, ALASKA

Fly from Seattle to Juneau. Meet our naturalists and visit the newly constructed Alaska State Museum, home to an impressive collection of natural history and cultural artifacts. Tour downtown Juneau before settling into your cabin. Gather for dinner on board, and then head back into town if you wish.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Venture, or National Geographic Quest
 
DAY 2: TRACY ARM FJORD—FORDS TERROR WILDERNESS

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. See the soaring South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier up close, and take a cruise in an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises, and arctic terns.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 3: PETERSBURG

Search for humpback whales as we head toward the small Alaska town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, founded more than 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen. Explore Southeast Alaska’s muskeg, an area with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for optional flightseeing (weather permitting) or bike riding. Enjoy a crab feast for dinner this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 4: EXPLORING FREDERICK SOUND AND CHATHAM STRAIT

These waters often make for great whale watching. Look for Steller sea lions stretched out on the rocky islands that dot the channels. Take a walk with naturalists along a quiet forest trail or kayak in the tiny coves in this area. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation—whose work is supported by a grant from the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic—and discuss some of their recent discoveries about the region’s marine mammal population.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 5: ICY STRAITS AND THE INIAN ISLANDS

Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for marine mammals in the rich waters off Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, we’ll lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on the whales’ communication.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 6: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE

By special permit, explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a not-to-be-missed Alaska gem. See glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge, and observe them calving—when tons of ice crash into the sea. Wilderness abounds—mountain goats and brown bears patrol the shore; and harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins swim in these icy waters. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to discuss indigenous culture, and a National Park Service ranger will share insights on the natural world.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 7: EXPLORING ALASKA’S ISLANDS, BAYS, AND FJORDS

Today, nature is our guide. We may explore an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools and beachcomb, hike stunning forest trails, or see bear tracks worn into the soil while walking through an isolated meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, we’ll go kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 8: SITKA/SEATTLE

After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. At the Alaska Raptor Center, get an up-close view of species normally seen at a distance. Drive to the airport for our afternoon flight to Seattle.

Meals Included:Breakfast
 
WHAT TO EXPECT

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, we keep our schedule flexible to take advantage of the unexpected, adapting our course to the conditions and opportunities that arise. Your expedition experience can be tailored to the activity level you choose, whether it’s light or moderate or a little of both. Travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, and able to get in and out of expedition landing craft. Daily activities may include Zodiac cruises, easy hikes, walking tours, and visits to cultural or historic sites, with options each day for more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, and paddleboarding. All departures are family friendly.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert or photographer joins the expedition team on select departures.

 
GLOBAL EXPLORERS KIDS PROGRAM

Our new kids and teens program, which recently launched in the Galápagos, will soon be available aboard our Alaska voyages! Beginning in June 2018, young travelers on all our Alaska expeditions can participate in the National Geographic Global Explorers program. Developed with National Geographic Education, this hands-on, interactive program teaches kids how to develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of an explorer and offers all kinds of fun activities—like learning about glaciers by making ice cream sundaes, or using glacial ice to paint watercolors. Our certified field educators are trained to optimize the myriad learning opportunities found in Alaska. Kids and teens will hone their observation skills and learn to capture and share their experiences through photographs, videos, maps, drawings, and more. With a range of activities to choose from—in the field and on board—our flexible program encourages young travelers to explore their own interests, whether it’s marine biology or photography.

 
SHIPS & DECK PLANS

Traveling aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, you’ll enjoy the daily thrill of discovery without sacrificing comfort. Each of our ships provides an inviting home base with superior amenities, personalized service, and a vibrant yet casual onboard atmosphere. Step aboard and you’ll find comfortable cabins, a well-stocked library, and dining rooms serving regionally inspired cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Expansive decks provide an exceptional vantage point for spotting and photographing wildlife.

National Geographic Quest – Capacity 100 Guests

The National Geographic Quest traces the coast of North America, bringing travelers to Alaska and British Columbia in the summer, and heading south in the winter to navigate Baja California and the Sea of Cortez as well as Costa Rica and Panama. The ship is designed to navigate narrow inlets and wildlife-rich passageways inaccessible to larger ships.

National Geographic Venture –  Capacity 100 Guests

The National Geographic Venture traces the coast of North America, bringing travelers to Alaska and British Columbia in the summer, and heading south in the winter to navigate Baja California and the Sea of Cortez as well as Costa Rica and Panama. The ship is designed to navigate narrow inlets and wildlife-rich passageways inaccessible to larger ships.

 

National Geographic Sea Lion – Capacity 62 Guests

Accommodating just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins, the National Geographic Sea Lion is large enough to operate in remote environments in comfort, yet small enough to enter ports and inlets inaccessible to bigger ships. The ship carries sea kayaks and a fleet of expedition landing crafts, providing easy access to coastlines and other places of interest. All cabins have windows and are attractively and comfortably furnished with lower berths, private bathrooms, reading lights, and individual climate control. The Sea Lion is authorized to operate in the Tongass National Forest under a Forest Service Special Use Permit.

 

SPECIAL OFFERS

Alaska: Complimentary Airfare

Book by October 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on the May 18 and 25, 2019 departures (Sea Lion), May 19 and 26, 2019 departures (Venture), and May 25, 2019 departure (Quest). Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Please call for details.

Available Departures
  • May 18-25, 2019
  • May 19-26, 2019
  • May 25-Jun 1, 2019
  • May 25-30, 2019
  • May 25-Jun 1, 2019
  • May 26-Jun 2, 2019
  • May 30-Jun 4, 2019
 
EXTENSTIONS

Add one of two six-day extensions to Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve. Please call for details.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Transfers upon arrival/departure for guests booked on recommended group flights
  • Accommodation aboard the world-class expedition ships of the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet or a luxury chartered ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
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