15 Days National Geographic Sea Bird & National Geographic Sea Lion 62 Guests Per Ship Expeditions

Explore some of the Pacific Northwest’s most wild and pristine regions on a 15-day adventure between Sitka, Alaska, and Seattle, Washington. By special invitation, discover a nearly lost First Nations culture in the remote, moss-draped archipelago of Haida Gwaii. Sail the Inside Passage of Alaska and British Columbia, rich with marine life, including whales and dolphins. Spend a full day among the towering glaciers and expansive wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park. Walk in silent old-growth forests, kayak in secluded coves, and search for foraging bears and soaring eagles in mist-shrouded fjords.

  • With very special access, spend four days in Haida Gwaii, a UNESCO World Heritage site, learning from Haida interpreters about their nearly lost ancient culture and exploring these remote islands
  • Sail deep into fjords, narrow channels and hidden coves and bays, searching for humpback whales, dolphins, bears, and eagles
  • Kayak in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm for an up-close view of calving glaciers, towering forests, and seals afloat on iridescent icebergs
  • In wild, roadless places, see spectacular fjords with cascading waterfalls and soaring old-growth forests of spruce and cedar
  • Explore the picturesque fishing village of Petersburg, and by special permit, spend a full day exploring Glacier Bay National Park

This longer itinerary gives you more opportunity to spot wildlife, discover photo ops, and immerse yourself in the unique spirit of each place. Experience abundant wildlife and glacial ice in Alaska’s Inside Passage, plus the rain forest coast, and wildlife-rich channels of British Columbia; and enjoy the privilege of visiting Haida Gwaii. Learn about the art, culture and fascinating history of the Haida people, and search for endemic species in Haida Gwaii, considered the ‘Canadian Galápagos’. We are the first company with ships carrying more than 22 guests granted permission to visit Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site in over two decades.

Source: National Geographic

Nimble, reliable and intimately scaled, these ships sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America.

The Sea Bird and Sea Lion accommodate just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Their inviting public spaces foster a sense of shipboard life where everyone is integral to the adventure, engendering a rewarding sense of community and esprit du corps. National Geographic writer Andrew Evans called Sea Lion the “closest thing to Cousteau’s Calypso” he’s ever had the pleasure to be on.

With a shallow draft and small size, they can easily reach places inaccessible to larger ships. They can venture into fast-moving channels where whales come to feed, transit a series of locks in the Pacific Northwest, nose up to waterfalls in secluded coves, and sail into protected anchorages in small bays perfect for snorkeling and kayaking.

The generous scale of the bow, enabling the entire expedition community to congregate with our naturalists, photo instructors, and experts from the Alaska Whale Foundation or the National Park Service, and share the excitement of watching whales or dramatic glacier calving events.

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