Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness


Take in the Alaskan scenery and wildlife as you sail amid fjords, glaciers, and islands.

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 A kayaker amid sculpted iceberg in Tracy Arm Fjord, Southeast Alaska. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  National Geographic Sea Bird, Le Conte Bay, Tongass National Forest, Alaska. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  National Geographic Sea Bird among icebergs in remote Endicott Arm. Credit: Michael Nolan & CT Ticknor  Guests observing a waterfall by expedition landing craft. Credit: Stewart Cohen  Guests on an expedition landing craft observing diving Humpback Whale in Alaska. Credit: Lindblad Expeditions  Killer whale, Chatham Strait, Southeast Alaska. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Baranof Island, Tongass National Forest, Southeast Alaska. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Humback Whale. Credit: John Bodner  Brown Bear sow with coy (cubs-of-year) fishing for pink salmon on Chichagof Island in Southeast Alaska. Credit: Michael S. Nolan  Expedition landing craft cruise among glaciers in Alaska. Credit: Sven-Olof Lindblad  A glacier calving ice. Credit: Sven-Olof Lindblad  Bald eagle
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National Geographic Sea Bird

The National Geographic Sea Bird, built in 1981 and refurbished in 2005, comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The ship features a library, lounge with full-service bar, observation deck, partially covered sun deck, and LEXspa. "Open Bridge" provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and Captain and to learn about navigation. Meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables for easy mingling. Special expedition equipment includes a bow camera, hydrophone, expedition landing craft, ​kayaks, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, and video microscope.

Life Aboard

Amenities, great food, camaraderie, comfort & wellness

Relax and settle in to life aboard. Your expedition ship offers the absolute best way to access all the sites, culture, and history along the river—without ever having to change hotels or wheel luggage around. We add to that the luxury of comfort with a quality of shipboard life and a philosophy of wellness designed to relax and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.

Informal ambience, relaxed attitude

There’s no need to dress up ever; life aboard is casual all the way. There’s no assigned seating in the dining room. This makes for easy mingling and the fun of sharing breakfast, lunch, or dinner with different new friends or staff. Independent travelers can count on a welcome everywhere they turn. And we invite you to visit the bridge to share the captain’s view and watch the calm business of river navigation unfold. 

 Excellent food, plus local wines and craft beers

Our chefs use fresh, local ingredients, including locally grown produce, sustainable catch fish, and locally raised livestock. By adding local flavors to a menu, we aim to give you a greater sense of the cuisine and culture in the region we’re exploring. An array of fresh fruits and delicious fresh juices are key components of the breakfast buffet, as are fresh vegetables and fish at lunch and dinner. 

The ship’s hospitable hotel staff maintain always-open stations for coffee, tea, soda, and water. If the bar is closed, beer is available in a serve-yourself refrigerator. Cookies are put out in the afternoon at teatime. And pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres are served in the lounge at daily Recap. There are reusable water bottles in every cabin and chilled fresh water stations aboard for your convenience.

The personal ahhhhh factor

You’ll find much more information in Our Fleet section, but suffice it to say that your cabin will be an inviting place to end your active day—with organic botanical products in the bathroom. And on your bed: a feather duvet with an organic cotton cover and cotton sheeting.

Sociable spaces, quiet corners

The lounge is the center of the expedition community; where we gather for talks and daily Recap. The bow and sundeck are other gathering places, where guests mingle with staff as beautiful, diverse landscapes unfold all around. And the ship offers an outdoor deck with tables and chairs to pass time enjoyably alone, or with a small group.

Rise, shine, and connect with wildness

Greet the cool morning with a pre-breakfast stretching session on deck led by your wellness specialist. Or sleep in and take advantage of the ship’s exercise bike, elliptical, stretch bands, and yoga mats at your convenience. Long hikes, kayaking, and short trail walks offer an even deeper connection with the rivers.

Onboard spa treatments
Massage therapy and body treatments, plus face, hand, and foot treatments will relax and rejuvenate you. Choose to have a treatment instead of an activity, or to end an active day of exploring.

National Geographic Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Lion, like her twin ship National Geographic Sea Bird, is a tried and true expedition ship. With a shallow draft and small size, she can easily reach places inaccessible to larger ships. She can venture into fast-moving channels where whales come to feed, nose up to waterfalls in secluded coves, and sail into protected anchorages in small bays perfect for snorkeling and kayaking.

Sea Lion accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Her inviting public spaces foster a sense of shipboard life where everyone is integral to the adventure, engendering a sense of expedition community. She is equipped with special expedition equipment that guarantee us an in-depth experience in all the places we explore - a bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, and video microscope. And her open bow is a natural gathering place that accommodates the entire community at once for shared wildlife viewing experiences.

Life Aboard

Amenities, great food, camaraderie, comfort & wellness

Henry David Thoreau called it the “tonic of wildness.” It’s what visiting Alaska, with its beauty and wildness intact, gives you—a spirit lift. To compound this healthful effect, we add the luxury of comfort to the privilege of being here—with a quality of shipboard life and a philosophy of wellness designed to relax and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit. 

Informal ambience, relaxed attitude
There’s no need to dress up ever; life aboard our two ships is casual all the way. There’s no assigned seating in the dining room. This makes for easy mingling and the fun of sharing breakfast, lunch, or dinner with different new friends, staff or guest speakers. Independent travelers can count on a welcome everywhere they turn. And we invite you to visit the bridge to watch the calm business of ship navigation unfold.

Excellent food 
Our chefs use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, including locally grown produce, sustainable catch king salmon, local halibut, and other indigenous products. By adding local flavors to a menu, we aim to give you a greater sense of the cuisine and culture in the region we’re exploring. An array of fresh fruits and delicious, fresh juices are key components of the breakfast buffet, as are fresh vegetables and fish at lunch and dinner. One of the culinary events that always earns rave reviews is the Dungeness crab feast—a mouth-watering taste of the region’s bounty. There are fish or meat and vegetarian choices at every meal, and our chef will happily accommodate other special diet requests.

The ship’s hospitable hotel staff maintain always-open stations for coffee, tea, soda, and water. If the bar is closed, beer is available in a serve-yourself refrigerator. Cookies are put out in the afternoon at teatime. And predinner hors d’oeuvres are served in the Lounge at daily Recap. There are reusable water bottles in every cabin and chilled fresh water stations aboard for convenience.

The personal ahhhhh factor
Your cabin will be an inviting place to end your active day—with locally sourced organic botanical products in the bathroom. And on your bed: our feather duvet with an organic cotton cover and cotton sheeting.

Sociable spaces, quiet corners
The lounge is the center of the expedition community; where we gather for talks and daily Recap. The bow and sundeck are other gathering places, where guests mingle with staff to scan the sea for marine mammals. And the ship offers an outdoor deck with tables and chairs to pass time enjoyably alone, or with a small group.

Rise, shine, and connect with wildness
Greet the cool morning with a prebreakfast stretching session on deck led by your wellness specialist. Or sleep in and take advantage of the ships exercise bike, elliptical, stretch bands, and yoga mats at your convenience. Long hikes, kayaking and short trail walks offer an even deeper connection with the wild world.

Onboard spa treatments
Massage therapy and body treatments, plus face, hand, foot treatments will relax and rejuvenate you. Choose to have a treatment instead of an activity, or to end an active day of exploring.