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National Geographic Sea Bird Cruise Review

Itinerary: Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness - June 2013

Alaska waterfall

The trip was awesome. All the naturalists and other specialty faculty were great -- always ready to talk with travelers and share information. We did see bear, whales (humpback and killer), couple of porpoises, goats and lovely flowers.

Should have left regular hiking boots at home because, like you said, most of the landings from the watercraft were "wet" and knee-high boots were the only resource. None of our hikes were that tremendously long that good hiking boots were necessary. Others hiked further than we did.

The food offerings and presentation were worthy of fancy New York hotels. A couple of times hot chocolate (with or without schnapps) was offered when we returned from a several hour hike or kayak tour. One day while everyone was in the front of the ship watching whales, scenery, bears and everything -- the dining crew came up with hot apple cider for everyone.

Cabin was ok, on National Geographic Sea Bird, Category 2

Thanks for the wine. So -- between ordering more wine and beer in the lounge and the two pair of earrings I bought from Faith Grant (Tlingit), our bill was over $500 on board. Bet they wished they had more people like us!

Dahl sheep

Have attached 2 pics: goats, waterfall (hundreds or thousands of ft. high).

It is possible we will tour again with them. The tours are expensive, but certainly worth it.

— Dawn and Keith