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 US East Coast (coordinates 30.31855 N / -81.63003 W) cruising en route to JACKSONVILLE. The AIS position was reported 9 minutes ago.

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Specifications of National Geographic Sea Lion

Year built1982  /  Age: 40
Flag state USA
BuilderNichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Washington USA)
Speed10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph
Length (LOA)46 m / 151 ft
Beam (width)10 m / 33 ft
Gross Tonnage630 gt
Passengers62 - 70
Crew24
Decks3
Cabins31
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2014
Sister-shipsNat Geo Sea Bird
Former namesMS Sea Lion, Great Rivers Explorer
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises

National Geographic Sea Lion Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Hudson River in Fall Transformation Conservation and Creativity Cruise New York $5590
2022 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Hudson River in Fall Transformation Conservation and Creativity Cruise New York $5590
2022 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Hudson River in Fall Transformation Conservation and Creativity Cruise New York $5590
2022 Nov 22 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $3990
2023 Jan 10 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Belize to Tikal Reefs Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World Cruise Belize City $6060
2023 Jan 15 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Belize to Tikal Reefs Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World Cruise Belize City $6060
2023 Jan 20 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Belize to Tikal Reefs Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World Cruise Belize City $6060
2023 Jan 25 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Belize to Tikal Reefs Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World Cruise Belize City $6060
2023 Jan 30 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Belize to Tikal Reefs Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World Cruise Belize City $6060
2023 Feb 04 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Belize to Tikal Reefs Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World Cruise Belize City $6060
2023 Feb 09 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Belize to Tikal Reefs Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World Cruise Belize City $6060
2023 Apr 08 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island FL to Charleston SC Amelia Island FL $5760
2023 Apr 16 6 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Amelia Island FL Charleston SC $5760
2023 Apr 22 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island FL to Charleston SC Amelia Island FL $5760
2023 Apr 29 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $4190
2023 May 04 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $4110
2023 May 09 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $4110
2023 May 14 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $4110
2023 May 19 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $4110
2023 May 30 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Chesapeake Bay Escape Waterways Watermen and Wildlife Cruise Washington DC $4110
2023 Jun 04 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Chesapeake Bay Escape Waterways Watermen and Wildlife Cruise Annapolis MD $4110
2023 Jun 09 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Chesapeake Bay Escape Waterways Watermen and Wildlife Cruise Annapolis MD $4110
2023 Jun 14 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Chesapeake Bay Escape Waterways Watermen and Wildlife Cruise Annapolis MD $4110
2023 Jun 19 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Chesapeake Bay Escape Waterways Watermen and Wildlife Cruise Annapolis MD $4110
2023 Jun 25 7 days, one-way from New York to Boston New York $5760
2023 Jul 02 7 days, one-way from Boston to Portland OR Boston $5760
2023 Jul 09 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Maine Escape Exploring Downeast and Acadia National Park Cruise Portland OR $4110
2023 Jul 14 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Maine Escape Exploring Downeast and Acadia National Park Cruise Portland OR $4110
2023 Jul 19 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Maine Escape Exploring Downeast and Acadia National Park Cruise Portland OR $4110
2023 Jul 24 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Maine Escape Exploring Downeast and Acadia National Park Cruise Portland OR $4110
2023 Jul 29 7 days, one-way from Boston to Portland OR Boston $5760
2023 Aug 05 7 days, one-way from New York to Boston New York $5760
2023 Aug 12 7 days, one-way from New York to Boston New York $5760
2023 Aug 19 7 days, one-way from Boston to Portland OR Boston $5760
2023 Aug 26 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Maine Escape Exploring Downeast and Acadia National Park Cruise Portland OR $4110
2023 Aug 31 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Maine Escape Exploring Downeast and Acadia National Park Cruise Portland OR $4110
2023 Sep 05 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Maine Escape Exploring Downeast and Acadia National Park Cruise Portland OR $4110
2023 Sep 10 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Maine Escape Exploring Downeast and Acadia National Park Cruise Portland OR $4110
2023 Sep 15 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Maine Escape Exploring Downeast and Acadia National Park Cruise Portland OR $4110
2023 Sep 20 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Maine Escape Exploring Downeast and Acadia National Park Cruise Portland OR $4110
2023 Sep 25 7 days, one-way from Boston to Portland OR Boston $5760
2023 Oct 02 7 days, one-way from New York to Boston New York $5760
2023 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Hudson River in Fall Transformation Conservation and Creativity Cruise New York $5760
2023 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Hudson River in Fall Transformation Conservation and Creativity Cruise New York $5760
2023 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Hudson River in Fall Transformation Conservation and Creativity Cruise New York $5760
2023 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Hudson River in Fall Transformation Conservation and Creativity Cruise New York $5760
2023 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Hudson River in Fall Transformation Conservation and Creativity Cruise New York $5760
2023 Nov 23 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild South Carolina Escape Beaufort and the Barrier Islands Cruise Charleston SC $4110

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) and registered in Seattle.

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 (2,7 m) and small size, yet each comfortably accommodates 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 facilities and amenities

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 in a single seating.

The partnership that Nat Geo has with the Lindblad Expeditions line enables tourists to enjoy an expedition style small ship 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 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.

Nat Geo Sea Lion has max draft 2,7 m (8 ft) and a diesel engine-based powerplant with total output 1206 kW. The vessel (yard/hull number S63) was constructed by Nichols Bros Boat Builders in Freeland (WA USA).

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