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 in old-growthrain forest and observe whales lunge-feeding, perhaps in a single day? It's all here in Southeast Alaska, a maze of icy fjords and verdant 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 the National Geographic Sea Lion and National Geographic Quest showcase iconic sights, including the tranquil waters 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 your small ship, scout for humpback whales, Dall porpoise, sea lions and mountain goats as you explore the geological time capsule that is Glacier Bay
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 if conditions permit. A small ship with fewer passengers makes all the difference when it comes to experiencing Alaska’s coastal wilderness in a personal and intimate manner.
Onboard Naturalists Foster Richer Wildlife Engagement
Breaching whales, bald eagles, foraging brown bears and Steller sea lions are interpreted via a diversity of specialists. You’ll have a chance to explore marine biology, evolutionary biology, ornithology and more as you learn from knowledgable 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 expedition landing craft exploration, 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 between 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 expeditions.
Enjoy Special Access and Native Perspectives on Glacier Bay
A special permit from the National Park Service allows an entire day inside Glacier Bay National Park, the crown jewel of Southeast Alaska. And a Huna Tlingit Cultural Interpreter joins us aboard when we sail into the park, which is Tlingit ancestral homeland. Learn the lore and legends that 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 you 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 personal 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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