Lindblad Expeditions

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Lindblad Expeditions currently sails 10 vessels for adventure cruising to spectacular regions throughout the world. Ships are comfortable, outfitted with modern amenities, offer top-notch cuisine, and afford privileged travelers both quiet refuge and social interaction.

National Geographic Sea Bird & National Geographic Sea Lion. These identical triple-deck expedition ships each carry 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Ideally suited for exploring Alaskan waters, the small, shallow-draft sister ships can tuck into nooks and crannies that bigger ships can't reach. Artwork on both includes a collection of photographs by expedition staff naturalists as well as whale and dolphin sculptures. An open-top sundeck, a forward observation lounge, and a viewing deck at the bow offer plenty of room to take in the scenery. The ships are also equipped with bowcams (underwater cameras that monitor activity), and you can navigate the camera using a joystick to observe sea life. Additional expedition equipment includes a hydrophone for eavesdropping on marine mammals, an underwater video "splash" camera to record the passing undersea scenery, and a video microscope for use during naturalists' lectures. The ship's Internet kiosk provides email access. Fitness equipment is set up on the bridge deck, and the LEXspa Wellness room offers massages, body treatments, and a morning stretching program on deck.

All meals are served open seating during scheduled times in a single dining room. Breakfast is buffet-style, although you may order eggs and omelets from the kitchen, and lunch is served family-style. Afternoon tea includes sandwiches and sweets; hors d'oeuvres are served during the nightly cocktail hour. The open seating dinner typically consists of two entrées—meat or fish—as well as several always-available items such as steak and chicken. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice. Room service is restricted to ill passengers confined to cabins.

These ships are comfortable, but cabins are proportionately small and basic in decor (there are no TVs, for example). All staterooms are outside, and upper-category cabins have picture windows that open; the lowest-category cabins on main deck have portholes that admit light, but do not open or afford much of a view. Most cabins have single beds that can convert to a double, and a few on the upper deck have pull-out beds to accommodate a third person. No accommodations are designated accessible and the ships have no elevators.

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