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The twin expedition ships, National Geographic Sea Lion and National Geographic Sea Bird, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet each comfortably accommodates 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 a brace of 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 us by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove. Our seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.
Public Areas: Lounge with bar and facilities for films, slide shows and lectures; Library; Sun Deck with chairs; Outside Deck area for viewing. Our "open Bridge" policy allows you to meet officers and crew. A small gym for travelers to work out.
Meals: Served in the Dining Room in one unhurried seating with fine views through panoramic windows. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. American chefs prepare wholesome and varied menus.
Cabins: All face outside with windows or portlights (Lower Deck only). Each has private facilities, climate controls and ample space to hang and store clothing.
Special Features: Zodiac landing craft, sea kayaks, snorkeling gear, wet suits, video microscope, hydrophone and Splash-Cam. An Undersea Specialist will be on board in Baja. A Video Chronicler will be on board all voyages. Spa services are available on board.
Category 1: Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
Category 2: Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
: Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106.
These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.