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 33.73429 N / -118.26837 W) cruising en route to LOS ANGELES. The AIS position was reported 1 minute 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

National Geographic Sea Lion Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Jan 10 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City
2022 Jan 15 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3992
2022 Jan 20 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3981
2022 Jan 25 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3998
2022 Jan 30 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3996
2022 Feb 04 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City $3992
2022 Feb 09 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Belize Escape Wildlife Reefs and Rivers Cruise Belize City
2022 Apr 09 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island FL to Charleston SC Amelia Island FL $5596
2022 Apr 16 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island FL to Charleston SC Amelia Island FL $5596
2022 Apr 23 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island FL to Charleston SC Amelia Island FL $5598
2022 Apr 30 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $3987
2022 May 05 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $3990
2022 May 10 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $3994
2022 May 15 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $3998
2022 May 20 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $3983

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".

The vessel (IMO number 8966456) is currently USA-flagged (MMSI 366396000).

History - construction and ownership

The 60-passenger sisterships 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.

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.

Itineraries

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.

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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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