National Geographic Sea Lion

Former names: MS Sea Lion, Great Rivers Explorer

National Geographic Sea Lion current position

National Geographic Sea Lion current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 33.73323 N / -118.26759 W) cruising en route to LOS ANGELES. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Specifications of National Geographic Sea Lion

Year built1982  /  Age: 39
Flag state USA
BuilderNichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Washington USA)
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises
Speed10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph
Length (LOA)50 m / 164 ft
Beam (width)9 m / 30 ft
Gross Tonnage630 gt
Passengers62 - 70
Crew24
Decks3
Cabins31
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2014
Former namesMS Sea Lion, Great Rivers Explorer
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National Geographic Sea Lion Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Jun 05 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4580
2021 Jun 10 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4561
2021 Jun 15 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4560
2021 Jun 20 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4564
2021 Jun 25 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4571
2021 Jun 30 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4578
2021 Jul 05 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4579
2021 Jul 10 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4580
2021 Jul 15 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4564
2021 Jul 20 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau
2021 Jul 25 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4568
2021 Jul 30 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4571
2021 Aug 04 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4579
2021 Aug 09 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4562
2021 Aug 14 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4575
2021 Aug 19 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4565
2021 Aug 24 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4579
2021 Aug 29 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4580
2021 Sep 03 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle Sitka $11355
2022 Jan 10 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3998
2022 Jan 15 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3991
2022 Jan 20 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3988
2022 Jan 25 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3981
2022 Jan 30 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3999
2022 Feb 04 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3996
2022 Feb 09 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3985

National Geographic Sea Lion Review

Review of National Geographic Sea Lion

The 1982-built National Geographic Sea Lion cruise ship was initially named "Great Rivers Explorer" (until 1989). Until January 2008, the boat was named just "MS Sea Lion".

History - construction and ownership

The 630-ton twin expedition ships NatGeo Sea Lion and NatGeo Sea Bird 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 - 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.

Decks and Cabins

National Geographic Sea Lion has 3 decks (all with cabins) and 31 staterooms, all of which are Outside - with either portholes or picture 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.

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, 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.

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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 (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.

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