National Geographic Sea Bird Review and Specifications
Specifications of National Geographic Sea Bird
|Year built||1982 / Age : 37|
|Builder||Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Washington USA)|
|Operator||Lindblad National Geographic Cruises|
|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|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||Majestic Explorer, MS 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 MS Sea Bird.
History - construction and ownership
Lindblad's two 630-ton expedition vessels (sister ships) Sea Bird and Sea Lion can reach exotic places inaccessible to larger vessels due to their shallow draft (2 m) and small size (LOA length 50 m). Yet, each ship comfortably accommodates 62 passenger in 31 staterooms. The experience is compared to a private yacht cruising. Both vessels are ideal for exploration of rarely-seen remote places. Along with the spacious viewing deck, the ship carries innovative marine exploration tools, including a hydrophone and SplashCam that enable guests to listen and look beneath the sea surface.
The National Geographic Sea Bird 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 Bird 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.
For season 2019, Lindblad Expeditions added to NatGeo Sea Bird's itinerary program 3 gray whale watching tours (via ship's Zodiac boats) in Bahia Magdalena (Baja California Sur, Mexico). The new 6-day itinerary is offered on departures (2019) March 13, 19 and 24. Fares start from USD 3300 pp ((Category 1 cabin rates based on double occupancy).
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.
Shipboard dining options - Food and 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.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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 provide authentic wildlife viewing tours.
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 onboard.
Public areas include dining room, observation deck, library, lounge (with full-service bar, aslo serving Lindblad-NatGeo's enrichment program with slide shows, media presentations, movies), sun deck (partially covered, furnished with tables and chairs), LEX Spa (no Jacuzzi), sauna room, gym equipment, gift shop.
National Geographic Sea Bird wiki
Former names of the ship were Majestic Explorer (until December 1982) and MV Sea Bird (until November 2007). Lindblad Sea Bird ship cruises in Alaska, Baja Mexico and also on Columbia River (Northwest USA).
As a true expedition cruise ship, National Geographic Sea Bird has specific expedition equipment, including sea kayaks, landing crafts (Zodiacs / large inflatable boats), wet suits, snorkeling gear, underwater camera, bow- and splash cams, hydrophone. All Lindblad National Geographic cruises are run by an expedition leader and experts in different fields (historian, naturalist, NatGeo trained photographer), who share their knowledge in interesting, often humorous ways.
NAT GEO Sea Bird has installed Fleet Xpress - fast Internet connectivity provided by Inmarsat (owner and operator of a global satellite network). Fleet Xpress is fully integrated with boat's phone system (PABX) and comm platforms.