National Geographic Sea Bird

National Geographic Sea Bird Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Sea Bird

Flag USA
Builder NICHOLS BROS BOAT BUILDERS FREELAND WA U.S.A.
Year built 1982
Speed 10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph
Length (LOA) 50 m / 164 ft
Beam (width) 9 m / 30 ft
Gross Tonnage 630 gt
Passengers 62 - 70
Crew 24
Decks 3
Cabins 31
Decks with cabins 3
Last Refurbishment 2014
Former names Majestic Explorer, Sea Bird

Review of National Geographic Sea Bird

National Geographic Sea Bird was built in 1982 as Majestic Explorer. Until November 2007, the ship was called Sea Bird. Nat Geo Sea Bird was last refurbished in 2014. 

History - construction & ownership

The 630-ton twin expedition ships National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion can reach magnificent places that are inaccessible to larger vessels due to their shallow draft and small size, yet each comfortably accommodating 62 guests in 31 staterooms. The feeling is compared to that of a private yacht, with all company integral to adventure. Both vessels are ideal for exploration of rarely-seen remote places. Along with the spacious viewing decks, the Nat Geo expedition ships carry exploration innovative tools, including a hydrophone and SplashCam that enable guests to listen and look beneath the waves.

Cruise itinerary program

National Geographic Sea Bird itinerary program is based on Alaska cruises from Sitka and Juneau in summer; Columbia and Snake Rivers from Portland OR in fall, and Baja, Sea of Cortez from La Paz (Mexico) in winter.

National Geographic Sea Bird

Cabins

National Geographic Sea Bird has 3 passenger decks and 31 cabins, all of which Outside with portholes or windows. The cabin grades number is 3.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Nat Geo Sea Bird has one Main Dining Room with unassigned tables. The restaurant offers international cuisine inspired by ports of call. All meals are served single seating.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

The partnership that Nat Geo has with the Lindblad Expeditions line enables passengers to enjoy an expedition style small ship cruise vacation as active explorers. Lindblad cruise ships sail unique destinations to explore out-of-the-way inlets, making Zodiac landings and looking for wildlife.

National Geographic Sea Bird ship is equipped with kayaks and Zodiacs, exercise equipment, snorkeling gear, and a wide range of great cameras to record the surrounding wildlife. A photo instructor, video chronicler, wellness specialist and full-time doctor accompany every voyage. Internet access shipwide and laundry service are also available on board.

Public areas include a dining room; an observation deck; a library; a lounge with full-service bar and various facilities for slide shows, presentations and film; a sun deck with tables and chairs (partially covered), a spa and a gift shop.

National Geographic Sea Bird wiki

Year built 1982 (as Majestic Explorer)

Last refurbished (scheduled refurbishment) 2014

Passenger capacity / crew capacity 62 (70 max) / 24

Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 630 tons / 164 ft (50 m)

Flag State (registered in) USA

Ship builder Nichols Bros Boat Builders (USA)

Building cost USD - mill

Ship owner and Operator Lindblad Expeditions

Christened by -

Official website link NationalGeographicExpeditions.com

Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com

  • Passenger decks: 3
  • Cabin grades number: 3
  • Total number of cabins: 31 (all of which Outside)
  • Dining Rooms: Dining Room (single seating with unassigned tables)
  • Lounges & Bars: lounge with full-service bar, facilities for films and presentations.
  • LEX Spa, gym equipment, Wi-Fi.
  • Former names of the ship were Majestic Explorer (until December 1982) and MV Sea Bird (until November 2007).
  • The other Nat Geo ("National Geographic") named Lindblad ships are EndeavourEndeavour 2ExplorerIslanderOrionSea Lion (sister-ship).
  • As a true expedition cruise ship, National Geographic Sea Bird has specific expedition equipment, including kayaks, landing crafts (Zodiacs), wet suits, snorkeling gear, underwater camera, bow- and splash cams, hydrophone. All Lindblad Expeditions cruises are run by an expedition leader and experts in different fields (a historian, a naturalist, a National Geographic-trained photographer), who share their knowledge in interesting, often humorous ways.
  • National Geographic Sea Bird cruises in Alaska, Baja Mexico and also on Columbia River (Northwest USA).

National Geographic Sea Bird Itineraries 2016

The below listed National Geographic Sea Bird cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Lindblad Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
17 December 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from La Paz to San Jose del Cabo
Prices starting
from $6912
18 Dec        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
19 Dec        Isla San Jose, Baja California Mexico
19 Dec        Isla San Francisco, Baja California Mexico
20 Dec        Sea of Cortez
21 Dec        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
21 Dec        Isla Partida, Baja California Mexico
22 Dec        At Sea
23 Dec        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
24 Dec        At Sea (Whale watching)
25 Dec        Arriving in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Mexico
25 December 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from La Paz to San Jose del Cabo
Prices starting
from $6912
26 Dec        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
27 Dec        Isla San Jose, Baja California Mexico
27 Dec        Isla San Francisco, Baja California Mexico
28 Dec        Sea of Cortez
29 Dec        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
29 Dec        Isla Partida, Baja California Mexico
30 Dec        At Sea
31 Dec        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
01 Jan        At Sea (Whale watching)
02 Jan        Arriving in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Mexico
31 December 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from La Paz to San Jose del Cabo
Prices starting
from $6912
01 Jan        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
02 Jan        Isla San Jose, Baja California Mexico
02 Jan        Isla San Francisco, Baja California Mexico
03 Jan        Sea of Cortez
04 Jan        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
04 Jan        Isla Partida, Baja California Mexico
05 Jan        At Sea
06 Jan        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
07 Jan        At Sea (Whale watching)
08 Jan        Arriving in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Mexico

National Geographic Sea Bird Itineraries 2017

The below listed National Geographic Sea Bird cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Lindblad Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
07 January 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from La Paz to San Jose del Cabo
Prices starting
from $6912
08 Jan        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
09 Jan        Isla San Jose, Baja California Mexico
09 Jan        Isla San Francisco, Baja California Mexico
10 Jan        Sea of Cortez
11 Jan        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
11 Jan        Isla Partida, Baja California Mexico
12 Jan        At Sea
13 Jan        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
14 Jan        At Sea (Whale watching)
15 Jan        Arriving in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Mexico
14 January 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from La Paz to Guaymas
Prices starting
from $7604
15 Jan        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
16 Jan        Sea of Cortez
17 Jan        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
17 Jan        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
18 Jan        At Sea
19 Jan        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
20 Jan        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
21 Jan        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
22 Jan        Arriving in Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico
21 January 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Guaymas to La Paz
Prices starting
from $7604
22 Jan        Departing from Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico
23 Jan        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
24 Jan        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
25 Jan        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
26 Jan        At Sea
27 Jan        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
27 Jan        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
28 Jan        Sea of Cortez
29 Jan        Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico
28 January 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from La Paz to Guaymas
Prices starting
from $7604
29 Jan        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
30 Jan        Sea of Cortez
31 Jan        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
31 Jan        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
01 Feb        At Sea
02 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
03 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
04 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
05 Feb        Arriving in Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico
04 February 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Guaymas to La Paz
Prices starting
from $7604
05 Feb        Departing from Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico
06 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
07 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
08 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
09 Feb        At Sea
10 Feb        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
10 Feb        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
11 Feb        Sea of Cortez
12 Feb        Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico
11 February 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from La Paz to Guaymas
Prices starting
from $7604
12 Feb        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
13 Feb        Sea of Cortez
14 Feb        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
14 Feb        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
15 Feb        At Sea
16 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
17 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
18 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
19 Feb        Arriving in Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico
18 February 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Guaymas to La Paz
Prices starting
from $7604
19 Feb        Departing from Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico
20 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
21 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
22 Feb        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
23 Feb        At Sea
24 Feb        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
24 Feb        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
25 Feb        Sea of Cortez
26 Feb        Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico
25 February 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from La Paz to Guaymas
Prices starting
from $7604
26 Feb        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
27 Feb        Sea of Cortez
28 Feb        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
28 Feb        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
01 Mar        At Sea
02 Mar        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
03 Mar        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
04 Mar        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
05 Mar        Arriving in Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico
04 March 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Guaymas to La Paz
Prices starting
from $7604
05 Mar        Departing from Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico
06 Mar        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
07 Mar        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
08 Mar        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
09 Mar        At Sea
10 Mar        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
10 Mar        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
11 Mar        Sea of Cortez
12 Mar        Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico
11 March 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from La Paz to Guaymas
Prices starting
from $7604
12 Mar        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
13 Mar        Sea of Cortez
14 Mar        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
14 Mar        Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico
15 Mar        At Sea
16 Mar        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
17 Mar        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
18 Mar        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
19 Mar        Arriving in Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico
18 March 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from La Paz to Loreto
Prices starting
from $12578
19 Mar        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
19 Mar        Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico
20 Mar        Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico
20 Mar        Magdalena Bay,Baja California Mexico
21 Mar        San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
22 Mar        San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)
23 Mar        At Sea
24 Mar        Sea of Cortez (Exploring)
25 Mar        Sea of Cortez (Exploring)
26 Mar        Sea of Cortez (Exploring)
27 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        Sea of Cortez (Exploring)
28 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        Sea of Cortez (Exploring)
29 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        Sea of Cortez (Exploring)
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        Sea of Cortez (Exploring)
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        Sea of Cortez (Exploring)
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00        Sea of Cortez (Exploring)
02 Apr        Arriving in Loreto, Baja California Mexico
01 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spring in the Sea of Cortez
Prices starting
from $6912
08 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spring in the Sea of Cortez
Prices starting
from $6912
15 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spring in the Sea of Cortez
Prices starting
from $6912
22 April 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spring in the Sea of Cortez
Prices starting
from $6912
13 May 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
Prices starting
from $12578
14 May        Departing from Seattle, Washington
15 May        At Sea (Gulf Islands)
16 May        Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, BC Canada
17 May        Inside Passage,Alaska
18 May        Inside Passage,Alaska
19 May        Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada
20 May        Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada
21 May        Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada
22 May        Misty Fjords,Alaska
23 May        Frederick Sound, Alaska
24 May        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
25 May        Glacier National Park, Montana
26 May        Icy Strait Point, Alaska
27 May        At Sea
28 May        Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
27 May 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau
Prices starting
from $4950
28 May        Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
29 May        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
30 May        Lynn Canal,Alaska
31 May        Haines, Alaska
01 Jun        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
02 Jun        Arriving in Juneau, Alaska
01 June 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka
Prices starting
from $4950
02 Jun        Departing from Juneau, Alaska
03 Jun        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
04 Jun        Haines, Alaska
05 Jun        Lynn Canal,Alaska
06 Jun        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
07 Jun        Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
06 June 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau
Prices starting
from $4950
07 Jun        Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
08 Jun        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
09 Jun        Lynn Canal,Alaska
10 Jun        Haines, Alaska
11 Jun        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
12 Jun        Arriving in Juneau, Alaska
11 June 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka
Prices starting
from $4950
12 Jun        Departing from Juneau, Alaska
13 Jun        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
14 Jun        Haines, Alaska
15 Jun        Lynn Canal,Alaska
16 Jun        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
17 Jun        Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
06 July 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau
Prices starting
from $4950
07 Jul        Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
08 Jul        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
09 Jul        Lynn Canal,Alaska
10 Jul        Haines, Alaska
11 Jul        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
12 Jul        Arriving in Juneau, Alaska
11 July 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka
Prices starting
from $4950
12 Jul        Departing from Juneau, Alaska
13 Jul        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
14 Jul        Haines, Alaska
15 Jul        Lynn Canal,Alaska
16 Jul        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
17 Jul        Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
16 July 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau
Prices starting
from $4950
17 Jul        Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
18 Jul        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
19 Jul        Lynn Canal,Alaska
20 Jul        Haines, Alaska
21 Jul        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
22 Jul        Arriving in Juneau, Alaska
21 July 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka
Prices starting
from $4950
22 Jul        Departing from Juneau, Alaska
23 Jul        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
24 Jul        Haines, Alaska
25 Jul        Lynn Canal,Alaska
26 Jul        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
27 Jul        Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
15 August 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau
Prices starting
from $4950
16 Aug        Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
17 Aug        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
18 Aug        Lynn Canal,Alaska
19 Aug        Haines, Alaska
20 Aug        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
21 Aug        Arriving in Juneau, Alaska
20 August 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka
Prices starting
from $4950
21 Aug        Departing from Juneau, Alaska
22 Aug        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
23 Aug        Haines, Alaska
24 Aug        Lynn Canal,Alaska
25 Aug        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
26 Aug        Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
25 August 5 nights / 6 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau
Prices starting
from $4950
26 Aug        Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
27 Aug        Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
28 Aug        Lynn Canal,Alaska
29 Aug        Haines, Alaska
30 Aug        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
31 Aug        Arriving in Juneau, Alaska
04 September 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
Prices starting
from $12578
05 Sep        Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
06 Sep        At Sea
07 Sep        Icy Strait Point, Alaska
08 Sep        Glacier National Park, Montana
09 Sep        Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
10 Sep        Frederick Sound, Alaska
11 Sep        Misty Fjords,Alaska
12 Sep        Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada
13 Sep        Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada
14 Sep        Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada
15 Sep        Inside Passage,Alaska
16 Sep        Inside Passage,Alaska
17 Sep        Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, BC Canada
18 Sep        At Sea (Gulf Islands)
19 Sep        Arriving in Seattle, Washington
26 September 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
Prices starting
from $5643
27 Sep        Departing from Portland, Oregon
27 Sep        Departing from Clarkston, Washington
28 Sep        Clarkston, Washington
29 Sep        Snake River
30 Sep        The Dalles, Oregon
01 Oct        Columbia River
02 Oct        Astoria, Oregon
03 Oct        Arriving in Portland, Oregon
08 October 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
Prices starting
from $5643
09 Oct        Departing from Portland, Oregon
09 Oct        Departing from Clarkston, Washington
10 Oct        Clarkston, Washington
11 Oct        Snake River
12 Oct        The Dalles, Oregon
13 Oct        Columbia River
14 Oct        Astoria, Oregon
15 Oct        Arriving in Portland, Oregon