Extraordinary educational adventures
Thanks to its partnership with National Geographic, Lindblad voyages aren’t just cruises—they’re expeditions. Six naturalists, with expertise in areas like marine biology, botany and geology, lead excursions by Zodiac boat, kayak and on foot to bring guests as close to nature as possible, even to Glacier Bay. Enhancing the experience, these adventures feature a National Geographic–certified photographer who tailors his instruction to individual skill levels and, new this year, an undersea specialist who films daily HD video and then shares his footage of octopi, sea lions and kelp forests over cocktails every evening. A video microscope helps guests discover microscopic sea life in the water below; a hydrophone amplifies the sounds of dolphins, orcas and humpbacks; and the 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion and Sea Bird offer comfortable but relatively simple accommodations on 8- and 12-day sailings between Sitka and Juneau or Seattle. Eight-day itineraries start at $5,990; expeditions.com.