Category Archives: Photography Cruises

Last minute warm water sailings in Baja and Hawaii
Larry Bleiberg, special for USA TODAY10:51a.m. EST January 2, 2013

If you’re into photography or marine biology, or want to give your kids an intense nature experience, you might want to check out the new Un-Cruise theme trips.

The small-ship cruise line has added special theme sailings in Hawaii and Mexico’s Sea of Cortes for 2013.

The photography and marine biology trips will include a shipboard expert, who will offer presentations and meet in one-on-one sessions with guests during the week-long sailings.

The Hawaii trips on the 36-passenger Safari Explorer are seven-night cruises allowing the chance to explore four islands: Lanai, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii, the Big Island. In the Sea of Cortes, the 86-passenger Safari Endeavour sails round-trip from La Paz, Baja, Mexico.

The Kids in Nature sailings are aimed at families with children 12 and younger, and timed for spring break. The staff will present education programs and lead hiking, kayaking and snorkeling shore excursions suitable for all ages. Trips include March 9 and 30 Kids in Nature trips in Hawaii and March 9 and 23 Kids in Nature sailings in Mexico.

The photography cruises include two Hawaii trips: a Jan. 5 sailing with one of the world’s top whale photographers, and an April 6 trip with a top travel photographer. In Mexico, photography trips run Feb. 16 and March 16.

Marine biology trips are offered in Mexico on Jan. 12 and March 30 sailings.

All trips include trekking, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling and skiff excursions. Sailings accommodate a flexible itinerary, allowing for viewing wildlife such as whales and dolphins.

Un-Cruise Adventures is a company with seven ships sailing Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Its parent company is InnerSea Discoveries and it began as American Safari Cruises.

It’s seven ships are Wilderness Adventurer, 60 guests; Wilderness Discoverer, 76 guests; Wilderness Explorer, 76 guests; Safari Endeavour, 86 guests; Safari Explorer, 36 guests; Safari Quest, 22 guests; and the Safari Legacy, 88 guests

Professional Photo Tips for Travelers

Showing native children a camera

We’re sharing veteran wildlife and nature photographer George Ritchey’s tips for getting the most out of your equipment and experience. With over 35 years of wildlife photography experience and credits including Robb Report, Atlanta Journal Constitution andBirmingham Magazine, Ritchey offers travelers tips on how to capture, preserve and enhance their memories while traveling.

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Special Baja California Photo Expedition

Up close to Gray Whales in Mexico's Sea of CortezLindblad Expeditions released a new Baja Mexico itinerary called Baja California Odyssey: San Ignacio Lagoon and the Sea of Cortez, a photo expedition that explores the Sea of Cortez, one of the best places for observing marine mammals in the world. This sails Jan. 11, 2012 from La Paz, Mexico for 11-days/10-nights aboard the 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Bird.

Joining Lindblad’s expedition team on this special sailing will be National Geographic photographer Susan Seubert, a recipient of Life Magazine’s Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, editorial photographer and photojournalist, along with two Lindblad-National Geographic-certified photo instructors. They will assist passengers in shooting wildlife photos while on trips by Zodiac, kayak, or walks. Read the rest of this entry

Looking to Shoot? Try a Small Ship Photography Cruise

At this time of year, photographers are planning their photo shoots for the year. We at Sunstone Tours & Cruises would like to suggest a small ship photography cruise for 2011.

Why? Small ship photography cruises offer unique benefits to a typical photo trip. Read the rest of this entry

Hawaii – Small ship cruise sails the islands

American Safari Cruises Introduces Exclusive and Inclusive Hawaiian Island Adventures for 2011

Action Packed Exploration in Maui, Moloka’i, Molokini, Lana’i and Hawaii
SEATTLE, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ — American Safari Cruises , best known for offering compelling yachting adventures in Alaska and Mexico’s Baja, introduces “authentic Hawaii,” fall 2011. Choose from the 7-night Hawaiian Seascapes and the 10-night Hawaii’s Traditional Shores, both boasting active adventures and cultural exchanges designed to thoroughly engage guests’ senses and take full advantage of the islands attributes as no other cruise can do.

Hawaii is a natural extension to the 13-year-old company’s existing product line-up given the rich marine mammal environment and opportunities to kayak, hike, snorkel, sail, bike, stand-up paddle board and more. American Safari Cruises is the first operator to offer unstructured inter-island yacht cruising in Hawaii, where the next port may not be a port at all, but a magical passage rich with wildlife, a secluded and inviting beach or a quiet cove that beckons to be explored. After a day of action, adventurers can ease tired muscles in the sauna or soak in the on-deck hot tub aboard the elegant 36-guest Safari Explorer.

Paradise shows its true colors via genuine and rewarding experiences that would be virtually impossible to do on one’s own. Both the 7- and 10-night itineraries cruise from Lahaina, Maui to Kona, Hawaii or reverse and feature whale viewing; exploring cliff-lined bays and beaches around the private island of Lana’i; visiting ancient Hawaiian homelands of Moloka’i to enjoy a private Hawaiian Pa’ina (feast); hiking on the Laparuse Trail to view ancient ruins and seizing the rare opportunity to night snorkel in the marine rich environment of Molokini; and strolling on Black Sand Beach near the southernmost tip of the United States, Ka Lae, Hawaii. In addition, optional activities such as scuba diving, helicopter tours, mule ride and golfing are available at select locales.

The 10-night Hawaii’s Traditional Shores also includes three days of island exploration on Hawaii, allowing for ample time to explore this volcanic landmass by foot and small water craft, finesse kayaking skills, seek out Green Sea Turtles and other sea life or lounge on a quiet secluded beach to soak up the fine Hawaiian sunshine.

The 36-guest Safari Explorer offers an on-deck hot tub, sauna, exercise equipment, two-person kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sail boats, snorkeling equipment and motorized shore boats for close-up exploration, a wine library, and a large-screen TV in the main salon. Exceptional cuisine is prepared with fresh, local ingredients, and the complimentary bar offers premium spirits, fine wines and microbrews. All staterooms offer Tempur-pedic mattresses, flat screen TV/DVD players and iPod docks. The guest-crew ratio is 2 to 1, with an all-American crew that includes two professional naturalists, masseuse and Captain – some who hail from the Hawaiian islands.

The inaugural Hawaiian cruise departs October 26, 2011 with weekly departures through mid-May 2012.

Inclusive prices start at $4,995 for 7-night cruises and $6,495 for 10-nights.

Alaska for Photographers

Photographers, listen up. If you’re looking for an Alaskan photographic adventure, Sunstone Tours & Cruises has the perfect experience for you.

Alaska small ship cruises are one of the best ways to explore the grandeur of Alaska’s majestic landscapes, flora and wildlife. The real benefit is the guidance and knowledge sharing from National Geographic and other accomplished photographers.

2010 brings several sailings that feature prominent photographers, like Dennis Finn, Flip Nicklin, Sean & Katie O’Connor, Michael Nolan and Ralph Lee Hopkins. Visit the Sunstone Tours & Cruises Alaska Photography Theme cruises page for itineraries, dates and details.

Kerrick James Alaska Feature in Outdoor Photographer

Photographer Kerrick James kayaks in the Columbia Glacier  forebay in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Every summer James makes the trip to photograph the exotic landscapes, towering mountains and unique aquatic life and tundra animals of the Alaskan ecosystem.

Photographer Kerrick James kayaks in the Columbia Glacier forebay in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Every summer James makes the trip to photograph the exotic landscapes, towering mountains and unique aquatic life and tundra animals of the Alaskan ecosystem.

As mentioned in a previous post, photo cruises are one of the very best ways to see and photography the splendor of Alaska. America’s Great White North is featured in the February issue of Outdoor Photographer, in which Kerrick James takes readers along on his Alaskan exploration using Pentax equipment.

Kerrick James says “However you travel and with whomever you choose to explore, expect to be amazed and hooked on the atmosphere, adventure and the photographic richness of Alaska. Bet you won’t go just once!”

Kerrick is teaching several photo workshops in 2009. Most will be on the adventure class vessels of Cruise West, sponsored by Pentax. Visit our site for more information on these and several other photo cruise opportunities.

View the article from Outdoor Photography Magazine…

Why Photographers Love Small Ship Cruises

In the past, we’ve shared how small ship cruises are perfect for nature photographers, looking to get up-close and intimate with their subjects. Well, Lindblad Expeditions has just shared some of their favorite wildlife images from around the globe. We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Visit Sunstone Tours & Cruises to view photographic opportunities for photographers.

World in Focus Photography Contest

Photographers, listen up! National Geographic Traveler Magazine and Photo District News present the “World in Focus” Photography Contest. The contest is open to both professionals and amateurs alike.

Once you select which type of photographer you are, you can submit photos based on the following categories:

  • Travel Portraits (People in their environment, celebrations, parades, and ceremonies)
  • Outdoor Scenes (Landscapes, wildlife, underwater, and aerials)
  • Sense of Place (Cityscapes, towns, villages that suggest a feeling or place)
  • Spontaneous Moments (Photos that capture fun, quirky, unpredictable moments)
  • Photo Essay (Up to six images that convey a story around a particular theme)

Contest prizes include:


  • GRAND PRIZE: 15-day trip for two to Antarctica aboard the National Geographic Endeavour.
    Contributed by National Geographic Expeditions
  • FIRST PRIZE: 5-day trip for two to The Cliffs Preserve in Patagonia, Chile. Contributed by The Cliffs Preserve
  • SECOND PRIZE: 6-day cruise for two on a Maine Windjammer Schooner. Contributed by The Schooners American Eagle and Heritage
  • THIRD PRIZE: 7-day Photography Workshop for one in Oaxaca, Mexico. Contributed by National Geographic Expeditions
  • SEVEN MERIT PRIZES: Nikon Coolpix P60 Camera and a Bogen Prize Package, including a National Geographic Tundra Monopod, a National Geographic Tundra Tripod with 3-way head, and an Earth Explorer Medium Shoulder Bag.
  • BONUS AWARDS: Winning images will be featured in the January/February 2009 edition of National Geographic Traveler, and displayed at the World in Focus Gallery Exhibit at PhotoPlus Expo October 23-25, 2008, in New York. All winning images will also be featured on the World in Focus Contest website, and the National Geographic Traveler website. In addition, winners will receive a one-year subscription to Photo District News.

ENTRY FEES: $12 per entry. Deadline: August 21, 2008. Pay $10 additional per entry for an extended deadline of September 8.


  • GRAND PRIZE: Free tuition for a 6-day professional photography workshop for one in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Contributed by Santa Fe Workshops ( One Nikon D-80 Digital SLR (body only) or equivalent. Expedition Carbon Fiber Tripod NGET2, Edpedition Hydrostatic Head NGEH1, Large Backpack NG5737, A PDN PhotoServe porfolio.
  • EACH CATEGORY WINNER: One D-60 Kit (including 18-55mm VR lens), Tundra Photo/Video Tripod NGTT2, Med Shoulder Bag NG2475, PDN PhotoPlus Expo Gold Pass
  • BONUS AWARD: Winning images will be features in a special winners gallery in PDN’s February 2009 issue, online at, and select winners will be displayed at the World In Focus Gallery at PDN PhotoPlus Expo.

ENTRY FEES: $35 per entry. Deadline: August 21, 2008. Pay $10 additional per entry for an extended deadline of September 8.

Go to the World in Focus site…

For Photographers, The World Is Your Classroom

Outdoor Photographer Magazine published an article in their June 2008 issue titled “The World is Your Classroom.” The article calls out small ship cruising, and in particular, Lindblad Expeditions, for their photographic experiences. Here’s an excerpt:

“Lindblad Expeditions offers what they call Expeditions, or exotic photo trips, each with 60 to 150 participants sailing away on one of their seven ships to places like the Arctic, Antarctica, Baja or the west coast of South America. The trips aren’t seen as workshops, but more of ample opportunities to photograph various wildlife and landscapes while being accompanied by National Geographic’s finest photographers.”

Recognizing the value a small ship cruise experience can bring the photographer, Sunstone Tours & Cruises provides a special section on their website for small ship photography trips. The offerings cover the gamut of experiences; from exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage to discovering new territory in the Antarctic, and everything inbetween. View our Photography-themed sailings…