National Geographic Sea Lion Cruise Review
Itinerary: Alaska, British Columbia & the San Juan Islands - May 2012
What a whirlwind trip. Feel like I am still on the ship. Except for the rain rain rain which wouldn't give us a break we had the trip of a lifetime. I attribute this to the Lindblad staff. They chose to ignore the rain and continue on with wonder activities and experiences. This was not a relax and read a book cruise. Up every morning bright and early by the intercom in your cabin. We paid big bucks for the Lindblad experience and I feel that is exactly what we got. It exceeded our expectations in every way.
Working with Linda was exceptional. She sent us much material ahead of our cruise, we were well prepared for our time in Seattle and Sitka. Her agency does not do air but told us the suggested flights and we ran with it. Some passengers asked Lindblad to do the fights which they were happy with. I suggest Linda and her staff and would work with her again. Not to mention the lovely bottle of wine that was her gift to us and waiting for us in our cabin.
Fellow passengers were a joy and we made wonderful friends. We are talking about going to the Galapagos with a couple we met onboard ship and it will definitely be with Lindblad. Ages were a mix of 50-70 but with so many younger crew members within our mix, our average age was down to 45. I understand the age is way lower on the seven night cruises. We had a few folks from Australia and England, otherwise, the ramining passengers were spread across the US.
We had a Category 2 cabin which was ok. None of the cabins are spectacular on this ship, the category 3 being a little larger which would have been nice. To do it again I would take a 3 midship. Storage in the cabin was fine, suitcases fit under the bed. Staff cleans the room well every day and changes towels. Beds were changed twice during the cruise. There is no washer or dryer so the sink works well for light washing. The bathroom, well, it is a bathroom; shower and toilet in one tiny space. Not wonderful but functional and adequate.
We took advantage of the pre cruise package and stayed at the Edgewater Hotel, a few meals, tours and kayaking were included. This was a nice start to the trip. We then boarded the ship late afternoon and off we were.
Food on the ship was especially good. Fresh, well prepared and plentiful. The fish was especially good and plentiful. Breakfast buffet, lunch some sit down and some buffet, dinner always a treat with various options.
Why we went with Lindblad ... the staff; one can not say enough about them. From the new people (their first Alaska cruise) to the experienced, each seemed to see every experience as us for the first time with equal enthusiasm. The new photo component was special, everyone got into learning more about taking photos. We had numerous naturalists, experts, crew members etc, the staff to passenger ratio was very high especially since we were not sailing with a full ship. We were always engaged, educated, entertained, in more creative ways than I would ever imagined. Every one of the staff earns their keep 10 times over. We kayaked, we hiked, we zodiaced, we visited Juneau, museum and Mendenhall Glacier, Tracy Arm, Frederick Sound, spent much time in Glacier Bay, San Juan Islands, so many things hard to list. Many brown and black bears, eagles, many species of birds, whales and you name it. And this was with the rain being a constant annoyance but not to mess up with our trip.
I could go on and on with this report. I hope your future clients will read this and understand the importance of working with a class act. you Linda, Sunstone Tours and working with Lindblad.
— J.C., Los Angeles, CA