National Geographic Sea Lion

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Cruise line
Lindblad Expeditions

Current cruise:
7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
21 May, 2017 - 29 May, 2017

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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)
Class
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

  • Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com
  • 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 2017

The below listed National Geographic Sea Lion 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
La Paz cruise port

27 March 2017 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from La Paz to Loreto
fly-cruise (La Paz)
Prices starting
from $12578
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28 Mar      Departing from La Paz (flight)   
28 Mar      Departing from La Paz, Baja California Mexico   
29 Mar     Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico   
29 Mar     Magdalena Bay, Baja California Mexico   
30 Mar     San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
31 Mar     San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Mexico (Whale watching)   
01 Apr     At Sea   
02 Apr     Sea of Cortez (Exploring)   
03 Apr     Sea of Cortez (Exploring)   
04 Apr     Sea of Cortez (Exploring)   
05 Apr     Sea of Cortez (Exploring)   
06 Apr     Sea of Cortez (Exploring)   
07 Apr     Sea of Cortez (Exploring)   
08 Apr     Sea of Cortez (Exploring)   
09 Apr     Sea of Cortez (Exploring)   
10 Apr     Sea of Cortez (Exploring)   
11 Apr      Arriving in Loreto, Baja California Mexico   
La Paz cruise port

10 April 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spring in the Sea of Cortez
Prices starting
from $6912
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Seattle cruise port

30 April 2017 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
Prices starting
from $12578
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01 May      Departing from Seattle, Washington   
02 May     At Sea (Gulf Islands)   
03 May     Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, BC Canada   
04 May     Inside Passage, Alaska   
05 May     Inside Passage, Alaska   
06 May     Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada   
07 May     Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada   
08 May     Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada   
09 May     Misty Fjords, Alaska   
10 May     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
11 May     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
12 May     Glacier National Park, Montana   
13 May     Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska   
14 May     At Sea   
15 May      Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
Sitka cruise port

14 May 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
fly-cruise (Sitka,Seattle)
Prices starting
from $6796
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15 May      Departing from Sitka (flight)   
15 May      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
16 May     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
17 May     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
18 May     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
19 May     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
19 May     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
20 May     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
21 May     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
22 May     Juneau, Alaska   
22 May      Arriving in Seattle (flight)   
Juneau cruise port

21 May 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
fly-cruise (Seattle,Sitka)
Prices starting
from $6796
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22 May      Departing from Seattle (flight)   
22 May      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
23 May     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
24 May     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
25 May     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
25 May     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
26 May     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
27 May     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
28 May     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
29 May     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
29 May      Arriving in Sitka (flight)   
Sitka cruise port

28 May 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
fly-cruise (Sitka,Seattle)
Prices starting
from $6796
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29 May      Departing from Sitka (flight)   
29 May      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
30 May     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
31 May     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
01 Jun     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
02 Jun     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
02 Jun     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
03 Jun     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
04 Jun     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
05 Jun     Juneau, Alaska   
05 Jun      Arriving in Seattle (flight)   
Juneau cruise port

04 June 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
fly-cruise (Seattle,Sitka)
Prices starting
from $6796
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05 Jun      Departing from Seattle (flight)   
05 Jun      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
06 Jun     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
07 Jun     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
08 Jun     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
08 Jun     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
09 Jun     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
10 Jun     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
11 Jun     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
12 Jun     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
12 Jun      Arriving in Sitka (flight)   
Sitka cruise port

11 June 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
fly-cruise (Sitka,Seattle)
Prices starting
from $6796
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12 Jun      Departing from Sitka (flight)   
12 Jun      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
13 Jun     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
14 Jun     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
15 Jun     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
16 Jun     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
16 Jun     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
17 Jun     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
18 Jun     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
19 Jun     Juneau, Alaska   
19 Jun      Arriving in Seattle (flight)   
Juneau cruise port

18 June 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
fly-cruise (Seattle,Sitka)
Prices starting
from $6796
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19 Jun      Departing from Seattle (flight)   
19 Jun      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
20 Jun     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
21 Jun     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
22 Jun     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
22 Jun     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
23 Jun     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
24 Jun     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
25 Jun     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
26 Jun     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
26 Jun      Arriving in Sitka (flight)   
Sitka cruise port

25 June 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
fly-cruise (Sitka,Seattle)
Prices starting
from $6796
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26 Jun      Departing from Sitka (flight)   
26 Jun      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
27 Jun     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
28 Jun     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
29 Jun     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
30 Jun     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
30 Jun     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
01 Jul     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
02 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
03 Jul     Juneau, Alaska   
03 Jul      Arriving in Seattle (flight)   
Juneau cruise port

02 July 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
fly-cruise (Seattle,Sitka)
Prices starting
from $6796
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03 Jul      Departing from Seattle (flight)   
03 Jul      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
04 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
05 Jul     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
06 Jul     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
06 Jul     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
07 Jul     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
08 Jul     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
09 Jul     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
10 Jul     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
10 Jul      Arriving in Sitka (flight)   
Sitka cruise port

09 July 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
fly-cruise (Sitka,Seattle)
Prices starting
from $6796
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10 Jul      Departing from Sitka (flight)   
10 Jul      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
11 Jul     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
12 Jul     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
13 Jul     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
14 Jul     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
14 Jul     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
15 Jul     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
16 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
17 Jul     Juneau, Alaska   
17 Jul      Arriving in Seattle (flight)   
Juneau cruise port

16 July 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
fly-cruise (Seattle,Sitka)
Prices starting
from $6796
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17 Jul      Departing from Seattle (flight)   
17 Jul      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
18 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
19 Jul     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
20 Jul     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
20 Jul     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
21 Jul     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
22 Jul     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
23 Jul     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
24 Jul     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
24 Jul      Arriving in Sitka (flight)   
Sitka cruise port

23 July 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
fly-cruise (Sitka,Seattle)
Prices starting
from $6796
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24 Jul      Departing from Sitka (flight)   
24 Jul      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
25 Jul     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
26 Jul     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
27 Jul     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
28 Jul     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
28 Jul     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
29 Jul     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
30 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
31 Jul     Juneau, Alaska   
31 Jul      Arriving in Seattle (flight)   
Juneau cruise port

30 July 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
fly-cruise (Seattle,Sitka)
Prices starting
from $6796
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31 Jul      Departing from Seattle (flight)   
31 Jul      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
01 Aug     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
02 Aug     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
03 Aug     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
03 Aug     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
04 Aug     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
05 Aug     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
06 Aug     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
07 Aug     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
07 Aug      Arriving in Sitka (flight)   
Juneau cruise port

13 August 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
fly-cruise (Seattle,Sitka)
Prices starting
from $6796
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14 Aug      Departing from Seattle (flight)   
14 Aug      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
15 Aug     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
16 Aug     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
17 Aug     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
17 Aug     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
18 Aug     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
19 Aug     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
20 Aug     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
21 Aug     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
21 Aug      Arriving in Sitka (flight)   
Juneau cruise port

27 August 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
fly-cruise (Seattle,Sitka)
Prices starting
from $6796
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28 Aug      Departing from Seattle (flight)   
28 Aug      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
29 Aug     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
30 Aug     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
31 Aug     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
31 Aug     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
01 Sep     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
02 Sep     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
03 Sep     Admiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)   
04 Sep     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
04 Sep      Arriving in Sitka (flight)   
Sitka cruise port

03 September 2017 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
Prices starting
from $12578
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04 Sep      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
05 Sep     At Sea   
06 Sep     Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska   
07 Sep     Glacier National Park, Montana   
08 Sep     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
09 Sep     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
10 Sep     Misty Fjords, Alaska   
11 Sep     Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada   
12 Sep     Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada   
13 Sep     Haida Gwaii Islands, BC Canada   
14 Sep     Inside Passage, Alaska   
15 Sep     Inside Passage, Alaska   
16 Sep     Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, BC Canada   
17 Sep     At Sea (Gulf Islands)   
18 Sep      Arriving in Seattle, Washington   
Astoria cruise port

19 September 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
fly-cruise (Portland (O))
Prices starting
from $5643
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20 Sep      Departing from Portland, Oregon   
21 Sep     Astoria, Oregon   
22 Sep     Columbia River   
23 Sep     The Dalles, Oregon   
24 Sep     Snake River   
25 Sep     Clarkston, Washington   
26 Sep     Clarkston, Washington   
26 Sep      Arriving in Portland (O) (flight)   
Astoria cruise port

01 October 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
fly-cruise (Portland (O))
Prices starting
from $5643
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02 Oct      Departing from Portland, Oregon   
03 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
04 Oct     Columbia River   
05 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
06 Oct     Snake River   
07 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
08 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
08 Oct      Arriving in Portland (O) (flight)   
Clarkston cruise port

07 October 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
fly-cruise (Portland (O))
Prices starting
from $5643
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08 Oct      Departing from Portland (O) (flight)   
08 Oct      Departing from Clarkston, Washington   
09 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
10 Oct     Snake River   
11 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
12 Oct     Columbia River   
13 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
14 Oct      Arriving in Portland, Oregon   
Astoria cruise port

13 October 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
fly-cruise (Portland (O))
Prices starting
from $5643
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14 Oct      Departing from Portland, Oregon   
15 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
16 Oct     Columbia River   
17 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
18 Oct     Snake River   
19 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
20 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
20 Oct      Arriving in Portland (O) (flight)   
Clarkston cruise port

19 October 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
fly-cruise (Portland (O))
Prices starting
from $5643
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20 Oct      Departing from Portland (O) (flight)   
20 Oct      Departing from Clarkston, Washington   
21 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
22 Oct     Snake River   
23 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
24 Oct     Columbia River   
25 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
26 Oct      Arriving in Portland, Oregon