National Geographic Sea Lion Review and Specifications
Specifications of National Geographic Sea Lion
|Year built||1982 / Age : 37|
|Builder||Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Washington USA)|
|Owner||Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc|
|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||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 and 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.
The National Geographic Sea Lion cruise ship is owned and operated by Lindblad Expeditions in cooperation with the National Geographic Society (aka NatGeo - a 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 Oregon in fall, and Sea of Cortez from La Paz (Baja California Mexico) in winter.
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.
Shipboard dining options - Food and 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.
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 looking for wildlife.
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, a 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 films; a sun deck with tables and chairs (partially covered), a LEX spa, gym equipment, and a gift shop.
National Geographic Sea Lion wiki
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 Endeavour, Endeavour 2, Explorer, Islander, Orion, Sea Bird (sistership).
Lindblad Sea Lion ship 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.
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.
NAT GEO Sea Lion has installed Fleet Xpress - fast Internet connectivity provided by Inmarsat (owner and operator of a global satellite network). Fleet Xpress is fully integrated with the boat's phone system (PABX) and comm platforms.