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
Our expedition ship is small enough to access hidden coves and secluded bays, accommodating 62 guests in 31 outside cabins and carrying an exploration fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks for even closer views.
National Geographic Sea Lion
Alaska, Panama & Costa Rica
Our expedition ship, National Geographic Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size, yet can comfortably accommodate 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours.
Thanks to our sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with our naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time with us, our expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove.
A new state-of-the-art expedition vessel designed to navigate coastal waters where wildlife congregates, with an open bow, spacious sundecks, expedition landing platforms, and 50 luxurious outside cabins.
National Geographic Quest
Built in 2017, the National Geographic Quest is a state-of-the-art expedition vessel designed to navigate coastal waters where wildlife congregates. An open bow and spacious sundecks create optimum open-air vantage points for wildlife viewing, and a twin expedition craft landing platform ensures quick trips on and off the ship for closer exploration. Small coves and other hard-to-reach places become accessible with Quest’s exceptionally shallow draft, and large, luxurious cabins are a comfortable and relaxing place to retire to at the end of an active day.
Accommodating 100 guests in 50 cabins, Quest offers an intimate expedition ship experience. All cabins have views to the outside, with two portholes and a large window or balcony. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors access small balconies on 22 of the cabins, and a dozen more can connect via internal doorways for families. Cabins include modern en suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi access and USB outlets. Meals featuring fresh, local, sustainable ingredients are shared with naturalists and guest speakers. With wraparound windows and multiple high-definition screens, the lounge is the space for for everything from cocktail hour to evening recaps with guest speakers, interpretation and photography talks. Additional amenities include a small reference library, onboard spa and a fitness center.