Like her twin the Sea Bird, National Geographic Sea Lion tracks the North American coastline from Alaska down as far as the Panama Canal, taking in frosty fjords and tropical inlets thanks to a shallow draft and agile dimensions. The size of the ship allows it to reach places other cruises just can’t, allowing guests the chance to get up close and personal to nature.
During summers in Alaska, the Sea Lion anchors in calm coves, allowing passengers opportunities to kayak alongside wildlife in the surrounding waters or use the ship’s landing craft to reach land and look for bears.
The expeditionary focus of the ship means that practicality is prioritised over pampering, but for those after enriching experiences in the wild, the Sea Lion is the perfect floating platform.
The small number of passengers and crew makes for an intimate experience, and a friendly one too, with everyone gathering on the open bow for shared wildlife viewing.
Food and Drink
1 Dining Room and 1 Bar
A small spa offers massage and body treatments.
The one restaurant on board is home to most dining, although in fine weather guests can dine on the sundeck and view the surrounding scenery. Food on board varies, depending on the ingredients available when the ship docks. This means that meals are never monotonous, and always of a high standard. Everyone dines together, taking full advantage of the intimate atmosphere.
Each day the lounge hosts a ‘Recap’, where the expedition leaders speak about the salient events of the day alongside passengers. Presentations from guest speakers and photographers are also held here.
In the spa, guests can receive a facial, massage and an assortment of body treatments from a dedicated wellness specialist, who also directs excursions onshore designed to improve fitness.
The ship follows a relatively spontaneous course, taking diversions to follow pods of whales or, if the tide is right, to come ashore. The kayaks and landing craft on board make this last-minute decision-making easy, and once off the boat guests have a number of hiking and kayaking-based activities to enjoy.