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National Geographic Sea Lion

Former names: MS Sea Lion, Great Rivers Explorer

National Geographic Sea Lion Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Sea Lion

Year built1982  /  Age : 38
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

Current itinerary / position of National Geographic Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Lion current cruise is 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise. Prices start from USD 3738 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 21 Feb, 2020 and ends on 26 Feb, 2020.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
21 Feb    Departing from Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico hotels
22 Feb    Bahia Almejas, Baja California Mexico
22 Feb    Rehusa Channel, Baja California Mexico
22 Feb    Isla Magdalena, Baja California Mexico
23 Feb    Hull Canal, Baja California Mexico
23 Feb - 25 Feb    Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Mexico
24 Feb - 25 Feb    Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Mexico
26 Feb    Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Baja California Mexico
26 Feb    Arriving in Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico hotels

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.

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.

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.

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.

National Geographic Sea Lion Itineraries

The below listed National Geographic Sea Lion cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Jan 27 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3731
2020 Feb 01 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3732
2020 Feb 06 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3739
2020 Feb 11 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3742
2020 Feb 16 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3750
2020 Feb 21 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3738
2020 Feb 26 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas
2020 Mar 02 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas
2020 Mar 07 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3740
2020 Mar 12 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3732
2020 Mar 17 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3743
2020 May 02 14 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka Seattle $11225
2020 May 16 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4429
2020 May 21 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4420
2020 May 26 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4429
2020 May 31 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4429
2020 Jun 05 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4430
2020 Jun 10 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4428
2020 Jun 15 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4414
2020 Jun 20 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4424
2020 Jun 25 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4425
2020 Jun 30 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4425
2020 Jul 05 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4424
2020 Jul 10 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4418
2020 Jul 15 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4417
2020 Jul 20 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4410
2020 Jul 25 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4418
2020 Jul 30 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4419
2020 Aug 04 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4411
2020 Aug 09 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4423
2020 Aug 14 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4425
2020 Aug 19 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4415
2020 Aug 24 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4425
2020 Aug 29 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4419
2020 Aug 31 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4415
2020 Sep 03 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle Sitka $11237
2020 Sep 05 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle Sitka $11225
2020 Sep 23 5 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR
2020 Sep 29 5 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR
2020 Oct 05 5 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR
2020 Oct 11 5 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR
2020 Oct 24 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Base Camp Channel Islands Cruise Los Angeles
2020 Oct 31 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Base Camp Channel Islands Cruise Los Angeles
2021 Jan 14 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3747
2021 Jan 19 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3732
2021 Jan 24 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3738
2021 Jan 29 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3736
2021 Feb 03 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3735
2021 Feb 08 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3739
2021 Feb 13 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3741
2021 Feb 18 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas
2021 Feb 23 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas
2021 Feb 28 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3733
2021 Mar 05 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3740
2021 Mar 10 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Baja Escape the Whales of Magdalena Bay Cruise Guaymas $3730
2021 Mar 15 14 days, one-way from Loreto to Guaymas Loreto $10615
2021 May 02 14 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka Seattle $11350
2021 May 16 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4580
2021 May 21 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4560
2021 May 26 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4561
2021 May 31 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4572
2021 Jun 05 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4572
2021 Jun 10 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4578
2021 Jun 15 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4576
2021 Jun 20 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4580
2021 Jun 25 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4564
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 $4561
2021 Jul 10 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4574
2021 Jul 15 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4575
2021 Jul 20 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4565
2021 Jul 25 5 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4577
2021 Jul 30 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4560
2021 Aug 04 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4578
2021 Aug 09 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4577
2021 Aug 14 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4563
2021 Aug 19 5 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4569
2021 Aug 24 5 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4572
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 $11350

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