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  • national-geographic-sea-lion-alaska.jpg - National Geographic Sea Lion cruises through Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska's Inside Passage.
  • national-geographic-sea-lion-anchored.jpg - National Geographic Sea Lion sails to Alaska in  summer and to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal at other times of the year.
  • Panama-whale-watching - A ballena whale breaches off the coast of Panama.
  • Panama-Capuchin-2 - A capuchin monkey spotted in the wild in Panama.
  • tropical-bird-panama.jpg - A pretty tropical bird spotted amid wildflowers in Panama.
  • panama-canal-locks.jpeg - A dad and child take in the historic Mira Flores Locks as a Lindblad Expeditions vessel passes through the Panama Canal.
  • central-america-tree-frog.jpg - An endangered Central America tree frog spotted on a Lindblad Expeditions journey.
  • red-parrot.jpg - A colorful parrot spotted in Costa Rica.
  • kayakers-lindblad.jpg - Kayakers on a Lindblad Expeditions trip to Central America.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Alaska-Bald-Eagle.jpg - See a majestic bald eagle during a Lindblad Expedition visit of Baranof Island, Alaska.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Alaska-Brown-Bear.jpg - A large brown bear wades into a stream in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Alaska-Kayaking.jpg - Kayak the beautiful waters of Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska, on a Lindblad expedition.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Alaska-humpback-whale.jpg -   A humpback whale surfaces to greet visitors on a Lindblad Expeditions excursion.
  • bear-Kelp-Bay-Alaska.jpg - A brown bear pays little heed to visitors during a Lindblad Expeditions visit to Kelp Bay, Alaska.
  • Alaska-killer-whales.jpg - A family of killer whales surfaces in the Johnstone Strait in Vancouver during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Alaska-Williams Cove-Dawes-Glacier.jpg - A waterfall streams down Dawes Glacier at William's Cove in Alaska.
  • Alaska-Brown-Bear-Salmon.jpg - While on a hike of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, see a brown bear as it hunts for salmon.
  • Alaska-humpback-whale.jpg - The tail of a humpback whale emerges from the water in Alaska during a Lindblad Expeditions voyage.
  • Alaska-brown-bears-fishing.jpg - Three brown bears fish for pink salmon in a stream in Alaska during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Alaska-killer-whale.jpg - A large killer whale surfaces in Chatham Strait, Alaska, during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Alaska-humpback-whale-breaching.jpg - An adult humpback whale breaches after disaffiliating from a group along the west side of Chatham Strait in Southeast Alaska during a Lindblad expedition.
  • alaska-sea-lions.jpg - Travelers taking a Lindblad Expeditions tour observe a sea lion colony in Inian Pass near Cross Sound, southeastern Alaska.
  • costa-rica-white-throated-capuchin-monkey.jpg - A white-throated capuchin monkey and baby climb a tree in Costa Rica.
  • long-tailed hummingbird-costa-rica.jpg - A long-tailed hummingbird feeds on a torch ginger in Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Costa Rica.
  • Costa-Rica-Collared-Aracari.jpg - A collared aracari, part of the toucan family, sits on a branch at  Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica.
  • Costa-Rica-Hike-Corcovado-National-Park.jpg - Go on an adventure-filled hike in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica, on a Lindblad Expeditions getaway.
  • costa-rica-horseback-riding.jpg - Go horseback riding through the beautiful lands of Playa Caletas, Costa Rica, during a Lindblad Expeditions visit.
  • National-Geographic-Sea-Lion-in-Costa-Rica.jpg - Take National Geographic Sea Lion on a tropical getaway to Costa Rica.
  • Costa Rica-Red-Capped-Manikan.jpg - Hi little feller! See a red-capped manakin in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Costa Rica-Guides.jpg - Naturalist guide Jose Calvos and wellness specialist Becky Timbers stop by a waterfall in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Costa Rica-Zodiac.jpg - Climb on board one of National Geographic Sea Lion's Zodiac boats for a fun boat ride through Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Costa Rica.
  • Costa-Rica-Mother-Baby-Three-Toed-Sloths.jpg - Spot a Mother and baby three-toed sloth while hiking through the Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica, on a Lindblad Expedition.
  • Costa-Rica-Arenal-Volcano.jpg - Get an incredible view of the Arenal Volcano, an active volcano in northwestern Costa Rica, during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Costa Rica-Waterfall.jpg - Go for a swim underneath one of Corcovado National Park's beautiful waterfalls on a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Golden-Mantled-Howler-Monkees.jpg - A family of golden-mantled howler monkeys squats on a tree branch at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

National Geographic Sea Lion: Nature up close

Have you sailed on National Geographic Sea Lion? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

National Geographic Sea Lion from National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions is designed to navigate narrow inlets and wildlife-rich passageways inaccessible to larger ships, while comfortably accommodating 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Along with spacious viewing decks, this nimble vessel carries innovative exploration tools, including a SplashCam and a hydrophone that enable passengers to look and listen beneath the waves.

Public areas include a lounge with a full-service bar and facilities for film, slide shows and presentations; a dining room; a library; an observation deck; a partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables; a gift shop; and a spa. All meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling.

The ship (like her sister ship National Geographic Sea Bird) is equipped with Zodiacs and kayaks, snorkeling gear, exercise equipment and a wide range of cameras to record the surrounding wildlife. A full-time doctor, a photo instructor, a video chronicler and a wellness specialist accompany every voyage. Internet access and laundry service are available on board. All cabins have a window with an outside view, private facilities and climate controls.

Where National Geographic Sea Lion sails

The Sea Lion sails to Alaska in the summer and cruises to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal at other times of the year.

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Fast facts

62 Passengers [?]
24 Crew
3 Decks
1982 Maiden voyage
630 Tonnage [?]
152 Length in feet
33 Width in feet (max beam)
2014 REFURBISHED

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