National Geographic Sea Lion Cruise Review
Itinerary: Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness - August 2004
Thank you Linda for your expertise in suggesting Lindblad Expeditions for our first trip (and not our last) to Alaska. My husband, 16 year old daughter and 11 year old son had the time of their life.
We took the group air from Seattle which made it easy to get to Juneau. We arrived a day early and really enjoyed our time at the Goldbelt Hotel with the extra time before our ship left. Our welcome to the ship was glorious. The Captain and crew standing on the dock waiting for us. My daughter fell in love before we were even on the ship, with one of the deck hands, a sweet boy from University of Seattle.
We thank you for your suggestion of the category 2 cabins. We loved being out in nature by just opening our cabin door. Plenty of storage space with our suitcase fitting under the bed. The bathroom is a little funky, but we got used to it. Enjoyed the shampoo etc which we didn't expect.
Food was excellent. Healthy choices for each meal, some calorie splurges. The "make your own sundae bar" was delicious. With all the activity and excitement going on each day, meals were a treat in exchanging stories with the other passengers. One can't be on the front of ship and the rear of the ship at the same time, so good to find out what else was going on.
Our exploration leaders had to be the best in the fleet. They were exceptional in educating us as well as purely enjoyable people to get to know. We so enjoyed kayaking and running around the zodiac. Up close to nature in every form was Lindblad's advertisement and they lived up to that and went beyond. We saw whales, bears, puffins, bald eagles, moose, sheep and so many other wildlife and sealife. We didn't think the cruise could be topped until we moved to the land tour.
We flew from Sitka to Fairbanks, and spent the night with our tour leader and others in our group. Visiting the University of Alaska was a treat for my almost college bound daughter. We were barely out of the city limits on our way to Denali when we spotted a moose in someone's backyard. Our visit to the backcountry of Denali was delightful and unique. Definitely left life behind as we knew it, replaced by wilderness, beauty and serenity. The food was good, the activities all interesting as well as the nightly lecturers. We are so glad we decided to do the land tour with the cruise, they are such unique different experiences. We took your suggestions Linda and happy we did.
Our extra night in Anchorage at the end of our trip was a great idea. We did our shopping in Anchorage, rode bikes through the city and forest, made a return visit to the Native Heritage Center and thoroughly enjoyed our time.
My brother and sister in law are going to contact you for the same exact trip for '05. You have made us life long clients. Small ships are in our future. Thank you again Linda.
—Gloria, Mitch, Amanda and Christopher Province, Fall River, MA