National Geographic Sea Lion

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Lindblad Expeditions

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National Geographic Sea Lion Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Sea Lion

Year built 1982  /  Age : 35
Flag state USA
Builder Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Washington USA)
Owner Lindblad Expeditions
Operator National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions
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 Great Rivers Explorer, MS Sea Lion

Review of National Geographic Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Lion was built in 1982 as Great Rivers Explorer (until 1989). Until January 2008, the ship was called MS Sea Lion.

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.Lindblad National Geographic Sea Lion cruise ship

The National Geographic Sea Lion cruise ship is owned and operated by Lindblad Expeditions in cooperation with the National Geographic Society (aka NatGeo - an US non-profit institution for science and education). 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.

Cruise itinerary program

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

Cabins

National Geographic Sea Lion 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 Lion 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.Lindblad National Geographic Sea Lion cruise ship

National Geographic Sea Lion 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 Lion wiki

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  • 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 Great Rivers Explorer (until Apr 17, 1989) and Sea Lion (until January 2008).
  • The other Nat Geo ("National Geographic") named Lindblad ships are EndeavourEndeavour 2ExplorerIslanderOrionSea Bird (sister-ship).
  • As a true expedition cruise ship, National Geographic Sea Lion has specific expedition equipment, including kayaks, Zodiacs, wet suits, snorkeling gear, hydrophone, underwater camera. Traditionally, on all Lindblad cruises, on the ship there are an expedition leader and expedition experts in different fields (naturalist, historian, National Geographic-trained photographer) benefiting one of the best adventure cruising experience at sea.
  • National Geographic Sea Lion cruises in Alaska during summer months, Costa Rica and Panama (during winter), and also offers a few fall itineraries on Columbia and Snake rivers in the USA's Pacific Northwest.

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National Geographic Sea Lion Itineraries 2018

The below listed National Geographic Sea Lion cruise prices on 2018 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
Guaymas cruise port

27 January 2018 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Guaymas to La Paz
Prices starting
from $7604
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27 Jan      Departing from Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico   
29 Jan     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
30 Jan     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
31 Jan     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
01 Feb     At Sea   
02 Feb     Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico   
02 Feb     Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico   
03 Feb     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico   
04 Feb      Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico   

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La Paz cruise port

03 February 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Among the Great Whales
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $7604
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03 Feb      Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico   
05 Feb     At Sea   
06 Feb     Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico   
06 Feb     Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico   
07 Feb     San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Mexico   
07 Feb     At Sea   
08 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
09 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
10 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
11 Feb     Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico   
11 Feb      Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico (flight)   

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Guaymas cruise port

10 February 2018 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Guaymas to La Paz
Prices starting
from $7604
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10 Feb      Departing from Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico   
12 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
13 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
14 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
15 Feb     At Sea   
16 Feb     Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico   
16 Feb     Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico   
17 Feb     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico   
18 Feb      Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico   

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La Paz cruise port

17 February 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Among the Great Whales
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $7604
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17 Feb      Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico   
19 Feb     At Sea   
20 Feb     Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico   
20 Feb     Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico   
21 Feb     San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Mexico   
21 Feb     At Sea   
22 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
23 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
24 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
25 Feb     Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico   
25 Feb      Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico (flight)   

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Guaymas cruise port

24 February 2018 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Guaymas to La Paz
Prices starting
from $7604
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24 Feb      Departing from Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico   
26 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
27 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
28 Feb     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
01 Mar     At Sea   
02 Mar     Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico   
02 Mar     Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Mexico   
03 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico   
04 Mar      Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico   

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Loreto cruise port

04 March 2018 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Loreto to La Paz
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $13028
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04 Mar      Departing from Loreto, Baja California Mexico   
06 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
07 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
08 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
09 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
10 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
11 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
12 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
13 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
14 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
15 Mar     At Sea   
16 Mar     San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
17 Mar     San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
18 Mar     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico   
19 Mar     Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico   
19 Mar      Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico (flight)   

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La Paz cruise port

19 March 2018 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from La Paz to Loreto
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $13028
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19 Mar      Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico (flight)   
19 Mar      Departing from Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico   
21 Mar     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico   
22 Mar     San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
23 Mar     San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
24 Mar     At Sea   
25 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
26 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
27 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
28 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
29 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
30 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
31 Mar     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
01 Apr     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
02 Apr     Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, Mexico (Exploring)   
03 Apr      Arriving in Loreto, Baja California Mexico   

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La Paz cruise port

02 April 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spring in the Sea of Cortez
Prices starting
from $7143
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La Paz cruise port

09 April 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spring in the Sea of Cortez
Prices starting
from $7143
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