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National Geographic Sea Bird Cruise Review

Itinerary: Among the Great Whales - February 2013

National Geographic Sea Bird

Thank you so much for the bottle of wine waiting for us in our cabin. It set the tone for wonderful trip that exceeded all our expectations. The staff on the Sea Bird know, understand and live "customer service with a smile"! We never went anywhere or saw any member of the staff without a huge smile on their faces and a friendly greeting for all.

Obviously, the highlight was the hour or more in the zodiac petting & scratching a grey whale mother and her calf. "Up close & personal" is an understatement! We even have some great photos to back up this "fish story", which we will forward in the next couple of days.

The entire staff and crew of the Sea Bird, and the team of the naturalists were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We could ask questions whenever & wherever they came to us. They had the answers and the explanations were easy to understand. It is obvious that they know what they are doing and are prepared with a variety of levels of effort for each activity, including hiking/walking, snorkeling or kayaking. They also had plenty of opportunities to relax over an "adult libation" in the comfortable lounge, dining room, on the deck or on the beach. We needed the exercise opportunities because the food was both plentiful and delicious, with multiple entrees available at dinner each night. The breakfast and lunch buffets had enough options for all tastes and appetites.

The cabins are well organized and equipped but compact. We were in Category 2 # 103. Most of the cabins had 2 fixed single berths that could not be pulled together - honeymooners may want to look at other options. Most of us were ready to sleep after all the fresh air, and exercise, so separate beds were not really an issue. With no elevators on board, passengers need to be able to navigate several flights of stairs each day. This was a benefit after all the wonderful food each day.

We are ready for our next Nat Geo/Lindblad Expedition - received the travel documents for Galapagos 2014 in our in box while on the Sea Bird.

Thank you for making the trip a reality. We will send some photos in the next couple of days. Do you know when the 2014 schedule will be available for the Lindblad Explorer? We would also like to talk to you about the atmosphere & style of the Silver Seas Explorer. They had itineraries in 2013 that appeared very similar to the Lindblad Baltic & British/Irish Isles trips.

—Joe & Ann Foley