Wild Chesapeake Bay Escape: Waterways, Watermen & Wildlife
On these 6-day Chesapeake Bay overnight cruises, explore the remote coves and islands of America’s largest estuary, with 62-guest Nat Geo Sea Lion as your home base. Millions of people live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed area, but very few have ventured into its remote and silent backwaters. Here, thousands of animal and plant species co-exist in a fragile ecosystem that’s on the mend due to incredible conservation efforts. Blue crabs hide in underwater grasses, oystercatchers patrol the shores of uninhabited islands and small communities live off the bounty of the surrounding waters. Following in the paths of ancient native Algonquians and European explorers, including Giovanni da Verrazano and John Smith, kayak in tidal wetlands, creeks and wildlife refuges that are sanctuaries for nesting seabirds.
With nearly 12,000 miles of shoreline, Chesapeake Bay has many wild secrets to discover. Visit Smith Island and Tangier Island—some of the Chesapeake’s only inhabited islands—and discover the unique culture and history of the bay’s watermen. Paddleboard, kayak and ride Zodiacs along the tributaries, remote islands, inlets and coves of the Chesapeake. Learn about the delicate ecosystems of the Chesapeake and the work of conservation organizations dedicated to preserving the ecological balance of the bay. Experience the diversity of the birds of the Chesapeake—black skimmers and royal terns on the open water, snowy egrets, tricolored herons wading in the shallows and summer songbirds in bayside woodlands.
Board the small and nimble 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion to delve into the wilderness of America’s largest estuary, sailing to the islands and wildlife refuges along Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Virginia’s Barrier Islands. Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader and five veteran naturalists, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist. The expedition staff’s knowledge and passion for the Chesapeake Bay is the key to this educational and dynamic cruise experience.
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