Stewart Cohen: Zodiac cruise, Zodiac cruise by waterfall
Ralph Lee Hopkins: Brown bear, Humpback whale fluke, Bald eagle, Killer whale, Brown bear on riverside
Michael Nolan & CT Ticknor: National Geographic Sea Bird
Michael Nolan: Brown bears and cubs
Sven-Olof Lindblad: Zodiac cruise
John Bodner: humpback whale close-up
An Intimate Voyage Through the Wildlife-Rich Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska
Where can you wake to the cry of a bald eagle, watch tons of ice crash from the face of a glacier, walk among old-growth spruce and cedars, and observe whales lunge-feeding, perhaps in a single day? It's all here in Southeast Alaska, a maze of icy fjords and forested islands teeming with wildlife. Our Alaska small-ship cruise is an epic journey through this vast marine wilderness, far from big cruise ship crowds. These voyages aboard compact National Geographic ships showcase iconic sights, including the tranquil channels of the Inside Passage and the geologic time capsule that is Glacier Bay National Park. Join onboard naturalist experts to wander through temperate rain forest to cascading waterfalls, watch whales and seabirds, and identify wildflowers. Expedition landing craft and kayaking forays in protected waters offer exhilarating wildlife encounters. Learn, too, about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage.
Weave through secluded channels in Alaska's sheltered Inside Passage, a wilderness realm of ice-choked fjords, emerald mountains and abundant wildlife
From the deck of our small ship, scout for humpback whales, Dall's porpoise, sea lions and mountain goats as we explore Glacier Bay National Park
Paddle placid waters among remote islands on guided kayaking excursions, looking for bears on shore and bald eagles in the tops of towering Sitka spruce and cedars
Sail with the World Leader in Conservation-Focused Small Ship Cruising
We’re proud to offer a worldwide slate of Adventure Cruises through our partner Lindblad Expeditions. Nat Hab joined forces with Lindblad in 2016 to expand our mutual collection of nature adventures. Founded in 1958 by Lars-Eric Lindblad, the company pioneered eco-conscious expeditions for “citizen explorers" and today is the world leader in conservation-focused small-ship cruises. Our Adventure Specialists are intimately familiar with the ships and itineraries and are on call to answer any questions you might have.
Unparalleled Experience in Alaska Small-Ship Cruising
Lindblad's expedition ships have been cruising Alaskan waters for more than three decades, exploring and revealing wild places that are accessible only to small, nimble ships like these. The captain and crew are experts in locating whales and other marine life and positioning the ship for the best viewing experiences. It's easy to change course to capitalize on a sighting, or observe wildlife up close from Zodiacs when conditions permit. A small ship with fewer passengers makes all the difference when it comes to experiencing Alaska’s coastal wilderness in an intimate manner.
Onboard Naturalists Foster Richer Wildlife Engagement
The ship's naturalist staff offers interpretive insight into the multitude of wildlife you'll encouter, from breaching whales and bald eagles to Steller sea lions and foraging brown bears. You’ll have a chance to explore marine biology, evolutionary biology, ornithology and more as you learn from a diverse slate of experts. Each voyage sails with an Expedition Leader and five veteran naturalists, ensuring a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10, plus flexibility for personalized kayaking, hiking and exploring by expedition landing craft, all of which is expertly guided. In addition, research scientists from the Lindblad-National Geographic-funded Alaska Whale Foundation come aboard to enhance guests' whale-watching experiences.
Experience the World Beneath the Sea—a Lindblad Exclusive!
Lindblad guests see what few have ever seen, traveling with an undersea specialist who dives from 40-80 feet with high-intensity lights and an HD video camera to capture the surprisingly colorful marine life of Southeast Alaskan waters. View this fascinating footage on plasma screens in the comfort of the lounge for a deeper sense of Alaska's natural wonders. This Alaskan undersea program is exclusive to Lindblad’s expedition voyages.
Enjoy Special Access and Alaska Native Perspectives on Glacier Bay
Lindblad's special permit from the National Park Service allows the ship to spend an entire day inside Glacier Bay National Park, the crown jewel of Southeast Alaska. A Huna Tlingit cultural interpreter joins us aboard when we sail into the park, which is Tlingit ancestral homeland. Learn the lore and legends of our natural environs, which add a fascinating cultural layer to the striking scenery. In addition, permits from the U.S. Forest Service enable the ship's naturalists to lead excursions into wild and remote areas of the Tongass National Forest, where paw prints far outnumber footprints.
A Suite of Tools to Enhance Exploration
Single and double kayaks, plus a fleet of expedition landing craft, allow us to land in remote locales for up-close discoveries. Paddle past nesting birds and lounging sea lions, watch seals bob at eye-level off the bow, or just enjoy the silence. Shoreline cruises aboard Zodiacs are perfect for relaxed exploration with a naturalist’s narration, and the ideal platform for photography. The ship’s hydrophone lets you listen in on whales, while a video microscope reveals invisible facets of life. High-quality binoculars are always on hand for abundant wildlife sightings.
Get Expert Photography Guidance
A Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor accompanies each expedition, joining guests for hikes on centuries-old bear trails and forest boardwalks built over bogs, and aboard expedition landing craft that float past icebergs for a closer look at glaciers. This veteran naturalist is specially trained to assist you with camera settings and the basic elements of framing, composition and lighting. You'll capture extraordinary images and go home a better, more confident photographer.
We’re Committed to the Planet
Natural Habitat Adventure is a standard-setter in eco-conscious travel. We were the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company. And we continue to break innovative ground in adopting practices that help to protect our global environment. Because of our concern for the environment, we are pleased to partner with Lindblad Expeditions for our Adventure Cruises, a company that shares our values and commitment to the planet.
Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our environmental commitment and the outstanding quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund has chosen Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation we’re very proud of! When you book your Lindblad Expeditions cruise with us, a portion of your trip fee supports WWF.
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