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Photo Cruises

Photo Cruises

Any small ship cruise offers the perfect environment for a photographer. However, select theme sailings are offered as photo-themed cruises.

Photo cruises, tours and workshops offer hands-on learning experiences with professional photographers in incredible and iconic locations. And small ship photo cruises are the best way to explore intimate, out of the way locations with abundant wildlife, unique plant life and amazing scenic landscapes. Whether you are into landscape photography, wildlife photography, or simply nature photography, you'll receive once-in-a-lifetime opportunties onboard a small ship photography cruise.

On select photo cruises, you'll travel with professional photographers, including those from National Geographic, a long-time leader in journalistic and travel photography.

Photo Cruise Destinations

Meet the Photographers

Here are just a few of the photographers who join on select photo cruises, providing guidance, tips and insight into taking great photographs.

Ralph Lee Hopkins

Santa Fe, New Mexico-based photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins travels to the world’s wild places with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. He is founder and director of photography expeditions for the Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic alliance. His current work focuses on conservation and environmental issues in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, and Baja California, Mexico. His work in Baja was published in the story “Is Baja on the Block?” in the November/December 2008 issue of National Geographic Traveler. Hopkins's photos are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection

Upcoming Photo Cruises

  • • Galapagos
  • • Baja California: A Remarkable Journey
Michael Melford

National Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced more than a dozen feature stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for National Geographic Traveler, including eight covers. On assignment for National Geographic for the past ten years, Michael has often used photography to bring attention to the planet's wonders and the need to preserve them. He shot the cover story, "Places We Must Save," for the October 2006 issue of National Geographic magazine, as well as a cover story on threats to America's national parks. Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography and sharing his love of nature and his extensive knowledge of the digital medium.

Upcoming Photo Cruises

  • • Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness
Flip-Nicklin

Widely regarded as the premier whale photographer of the world, Flip Nicklin, a National Geographic contributing photographer, has more than 5,500 dives under his belt. Nicklin has gone on to photograph many articles for National Geographic. He is also the author of a National Geographic book, Face to Face With Dolphins. Since 1996, Nicklin has worked with Jim Darling in a study of humpback whales off the coast of Maui, Hawaii.

Upcoming Photo Cruises

  • • Alaska, British Columbia and the San Juan Islands
  • • Arctic Quest: Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic
  • • Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales
  • • Journeys In The Sea Of Cortez
Rich Reid

Rich Reid has specialized in travel, environmental and adventure photography for the past 20 years. As a previous Alaska tour business owner, he has guided a variety of tours extensively throughout the state. Much of his current work is with non-profit organizations preserving lands and cultural sites with his photography. As a former instructor at Brooks Institute, Rich traveled with his students to document California's natural history. His photography is represented by National Geographic Stock and his cinematography is represented by National Geographic Digital Motion.

Upcoming Photo Cruises

  • • Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness
  • • Alaska, British Columbia and the San Juan Islands
  • • Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes
  • • Galapagos
Susan Seubert

Award-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert has photographed more than 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler since joining the magazine as a contributor in 2004. Her subjects range from Canada to the Caribbean and Texas to Thailand. Her work has been recognized by the department of journalism at Columbia University with an Alfred Eisenstadt Award and most recently by the North American Travel Journalists Association for excellence in photography. In addition to being widely published and exhibited, she also lectures regularly about her work at such institutions as Harvard University and the Portland Art Museum. Based in Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii, Susan travels throughout the world shooting a variety of subjects and specializes in capturing a sense of place through her wide ranging imagery. Susan's in-depth knowledge of digital technologies and her multimedia skills keep her at the cutting edge of visual storytelling. Born and raised in Indiana, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and hasn't set down her camera since.

Upcoming Photo Cruises

  • • Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness
  • • Costa Rica & the Panama Canal
Kike Calvo

Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo was born in Spain, has traveled in more than 85 countries, and transformed his his fascination with Latin America into a career focus. He is a guest lecturer for the Leica Akademie and a freelancer for the New York Times. His cultural and environmental documentary photography has also been published in National Geographic, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, as well as other publications.

Upcoming Photo Cruises

  • • Costa Rica & the Panama Canal
Chris Baker

The Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year,' Christopher P. Baker is one of the world's foremost authorities on Costa Rica and Cuba. He has authored and photographed guidebooks to Costa Rica, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Panama in the National Geographic Traveler series, as well as five other guidebooks on Costa Rica and Panama, plus the Costa Rica Pura Vida! travel app.

Upcoming Photo Cruises

  • • Costa Rica & the Panama Canal
Kim Heacox

Award-winning writer, photographer, and conservationist Kim Heacox has lived in Alaska for 25 years. He has written four books for National Geographic, most recently An American Idea: The Making of the National Parks. Kim is also the author of Alaska Light and the memoir The Only Kayak: A Journey Into the Heart of Alaska. His photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine. Kim has made numerous journeys to Arctic Svalbard and Antarctica, and spends much of his time writing about and photographing life in Earth's polar regions.

Upcoming Photo Cruises

  • • Alaska, British Columbia and the San Juan Islands
Jay Dickman

From the war in El Salvador to the Super Bowl, Hiroshima to Shirley MacLaine, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Jay Dickman has photographed it all. A Pulitzer Prize winner and National Geographic photographer, Jay Dickman's work has appeared in 15 A Day in the Life of books. His work also has won several awards, including World Press Photo's Golden Eye award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism, and others. Dickman's photographs have appeared in publications around the world, including National Geographic, Life, Conde Nast Traveler, Time, Fortune, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, GEO, Stern, and American Way. Corporate clients have included EDS, Nike, Dell, Dresser Industries, Hewlett-Packard, Quaker, CH2M Hill, the Polk Company, and Sun Microsystems.

Working with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic, Dickman has traveled with National Geographic's Endeavour ship. He's worked with many workshops, including the Maine Photographic Workshops and American Photo Mentor Series. He is also the founder of the FirstLight Workshops, hosting digital photography workshops in the Mid-Pyrenees of France, the Western Highlands of Scotland, Dubois, Wyoming, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Future workshops are planned in Barcelona, Spain, the Aeolian Islands of Italy, and western Ireland. Dickman has also made time for National Geographic Photo Camp, working with young photographers from underserved communities. Photo Camp inspires young people to explore their communities through the camera's lens and to share their vision through public presentations and exhibitions across the United States and throughout the world.

Upcoming Photo Cruises

  • • Alaska, British Columbia and the San Juan Islands