In the Wake of Lewis & Clark
Enjoy autumn colors and clear blue skies as you trace the route of Lewis and Clark, exploring one of America's great waterways along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
I enjoyed our expedition landing craft tour of Palouse Falls. Great small ship. Wonderful food! My 6th Smithsonian trip!”
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National Georaphic Sea Bird
A tried and true expedition ship, the National Geographic Sea Bird plies the waters in Alaska, as well as the Columbia and Snake Rivers. 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, transit a series of locks in the Pacific Northwest, nose up to waterfalls in secluded coves, and sail into protected anchorages in small bays perfect for snorkeling and kayaking.
The perfect platform for an intimate expedition
The recently renovated National Geographic Sea Bird is a 152-foot vessel that comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The feeling is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Outfitted for exploration, she carries a fleet of expedition landing craft and kayaks for up close encounters with wildness, in addition to a Bow Cam, Splash-Cam, hydrophone, underwater video camera, video microscope, and binoculars.
Amenities—comfortable, relaxing & social
All cabins have a window, and the upper and bridge deck cabins open to the outdoors. Each cabin has private facilities and thermostats. The National Geographic Sea Bird also offers a partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables for taking in the fresh air or sharing an evening cocktail. Her inviting lounge is the hub of expedition community life—with a full-service bar and large TV screen for presentations, films, and photo slideshows. She also features a library; global market; and bridge where guests are invited to talk with our officers, learn about navigation and share the captain’s view.
Informal ambiance, relaxed attitude
There’s no need to dress up—ever. Life aboard our ship is casual. 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.
Our chefs use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, including locally grown produce, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. 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. 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 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 convenience.
Comfort and convenience, standard in every room
Your room is a comfortable space to end your active day, with organic cotton duvets and crisp cotton sheeting. Attentive hotel staff will transform your room while you’re out hiking or exploring, so you can return to a cool, welcoming space.
Every cabin has Wi-Fi access, temperature controls, and is stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Beneath every bed is space to store luggage, and each cabin has one or two closets plus drawers under the beds. A speaker in your cabin is tuned to the microphone in the ship’s lounge. You can listen to evening lectures while sorting photos on your laptop. Leave your PA turned on overnight if you’d like to be alerted to any sightings that might occur during the hours before breakfast, or simply turn it off if you’d like to sleep peacefully through the morning’s activities.
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. The ship also offers an enjoyable outdoor deck with tables and chairs to pass time individually, 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 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.