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National Geographic Sea Lion Cruise Review

Itinerary: A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii - May 2015

National Geographic Sea Lion

We both felt the expedition was wonderful. We were the first sailing of the season which lead to excitement with staff and passengers in itself. We sailed from Juneau to Sitka. Being the first sailing we were impressed by the knowledge and efficiency of the staff. No one seemed new, although I am sure some were.

We especially liked the cultural part of the cruise. We loved seeing the different cultures at Alert Bay, Haida Gwaii and then the Tlinget. Haida Gwaii was definitely the highpoint (not just its Unesco site). We had entry to two great carvers/artists homes and workspaces. We saw great dancing and the native people shared their food with us. We did not expect that and it really enriched our understanding of their culture. We especially liked when the native interpreters came on board to share with us their personal insights.

The naturalists on-board presentations were timely and pertinent to our itinerary. The nature walks, they led, were truly enjoyable and always informative. On board they were always approachable to answer our questions.

The crew was great. They took care to keep us safe, everywhere. I had a massage on-board to help with my twisted knee.

The photographic aspect of the expedition offered us several naturalists that were great photographers themselves and generously shared their skills with us. We especially enjoyed working with Mcduff Everton. We will treasure the photos of the trip and of ourselves, that he shared with us.

Food was fine, fresh, creative, generous portions, better than expected. The cabin,Sea Lion, lower twin beds, Category 2, were a little uncomfortable. We are used to our King bed at home, twins took some getting used to. Cabin was clean and fresh. Daily "maid" service was efficient and kept everything in order. Our "maid" had numerous jobs on the ship including servings in the dinning room.

The Zodiac rides were fast and fun. We even saw the northern lights which we were told was very unusual.

We are already considering future Lindblad expeditions and you will hear from us soon. Is there a specific destination that most people take after the Alaska experience? We were thinking Galapagos as a number of people on board were raving about their experience.

— M and M, Los Angeles