Though Haida Gwaii, a spectacular archipelago off British Columbia, is known as the “islands at the edge of the world,” it is well within reach aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion—the only U.S. vessels permitted to visit these hallowed islands in over twenty years. In large part, we were initially permitted to visit Haida lands because of our commitment to artisans, evidenced by our Artisan Fund and its varied projects, currently financed by a percentage of sales from onboard Global Galleries. The Haida are legendary Pacific coast artists and artisans. And to see their works, most strikingly the totems created by master carvers, and to hear the stories woven into the very fibers of Haida regalia, is indeed a privilege. We will visit the Haida Heritage Center at Kay Llnagaay, see a panoply of Haida art and crafts, even see artists
at work. But we will also experience the rare, spiritually satisfying adventure of exploring the coasts and landing on remote beaches to share the silence with silvered
sentinels—the weathered totems, carved lifetimes ago, that have kept watch on Haida lands since the first days.
When Lindblad Expedtions returns in May, the islands will be awakening from their winter slumber. Humpback whales will gorge on krill and the lush forests will warm, while still snow-clad mountains set the perfect context for this entrée into the life of the Haida.
Today mark’s the 100-year anniversary of the completion of the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal is a “man-made” wonder, an engineering marvel that changed the way the world traveled and moved goods.
Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic, leaders in expedition cruises featuring photography, has partnered with B&H Photo Video to offer Lindblad guests access to new savings and services to make the most of what they see during their trip.
Each Lindblad guest will receive B&H gear recommendations and discounts of up to 15 percent tailored to their chosen itinerary. The offer includes a private webinar offering itinerary-specific information to make the most of those scenic moments. Members of the B&H team will join select Photo Expeditions to offer new gear for guests to test and lead interactive workshops onboard.
Read the rest of this entry
Need another reason to visit Alaska by small ship? Here’s a single day report from a naturalist aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion in Thomas Bay, Spurt Lake, Petersburg.
From midnight to sunset on this day, glorious light enchanted us. After a night of bubble-net-feeding humpback whales and a spectacular display of the northern lights we were greeted with another day of sunshine! Yes… this is only day two of our trip! Today’s hike to Spurt Lake took place in Thomas Bay, just north of Petersburg, our afternoon destination. Our two options were a hike in the forest or to go on a scenic small boat cruise around Thomas Bay. The small boat cruisers headed up the bay towards the Baird Glacier. On the way, three animals were abundant—seals, marbled murrelets and Arctic terns, all looking for some kind of lunch. Before the water got too shallow we got close enough to see some spectacular terminal and recessional moraines formed as the glacier recently retreated.
While you may have been spending the July 4th holiday grilling with friends, a few handful of others were exploring the Galapagos Islands with Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic aboard the National Geographic Islander.
Guests aboard the National Geographic Islander visited Santiago Island, following Darwin’s footsteps, hiking and kayaking even before breakfast. After breakfast, guests snorkeled at Buccaneers Cove, encountering some white-tipped reef sharks, and many species of fish and sea lions frolicked in the water.
Lindblad Expeditions flagship, the National Geographic Explorer, has just started a stint in dry dock. The ship is presently at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, where she will undergo comprehensive technical work and class renewal for Det Norske Veritas, a classification society organized as a foundation, with the objective of “Safeguarding life, property, and the environment.”
Work to be completed on the ship in the yard’s Kaiserdock 1 by May 15 includes a long list of basic technical work, mainly extensive repairs to the thruster, rudder and shaft plant.
The National Geographic Explorer will then continue on with itineraries that take her north, exploring coastal Europe on its way to its Arctic adventures this summer.
Lindblad Expeditions announced today that is had purchased Orion Expedition Cruises. It’s sole ship, the Orion, will become part of their existing fleet starting March 2014. Sarina Bratton, founder of Orion Expedition Cruises, will leave the company that pioneered small ship expedition cruising in Australia on April 19, 2013.
Lindblad Expeditions partners with the National Geographic Society and owns the National Georgraphic Explorer, the National Geographic Endeavour, the National Geographic Sea Bird, the National Geographic Sea Lion and the National Geographic Islander. It charters the Delfin II, the Lord of the Glens, the Oceanic Discoverer, the Jahan and the Sea Cloud seasonally.
Want my clients to know that all Lindblad/National Geo sailings are departing with no complications from Sandy. However, their offices in New York are still without power. They are running emergency calls through their Seattle office.
If you have any qustions before your sailing call us….We are on the west coast and here to answer our clients questions and reserve new cabins on Lindblad’s unique expeditions. . Linda 888-815-5428
Travel + Leisure Magazine has announced its 2012 World’s Best Awards for Families, and Lindblad Expeditions was once again named the #1 small-ship cruise line. This is the fourth consecutive year that Lindblad Expeditions has earned the top slot, an honor it has held since the inception of the award category in 2009. The awards are based on data collected in Travel + Leisure’s reader’s survey.