Life Aboard

Enjoy the luxury of comfort aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion


The National Geographic Sea Lion has recently been transformed. The lounge and bar, center of onboard life, have been handsomely re-styled and renovated to accommodate the expedition community. The refreshed dining room is now doubly welcoming. And every cabin in every category has been outfitted with fresh cherry veneer and our signature bed linens. From the sleekly framed photos on the walls, to the fresh paint, carpets and polished brass, each ship sets new standard for expedition hospitality and comfort. 

Informal ambiance, relaxed attitude
There’s no need to dress up ever; life aboard our ships is casual all the way. There’s no assigned seating in the dining room. This makes for easy mingling and the fun of sharing breakfast, lunch, or dinner with different new friends, staff or guest speakers. Independent travelers can count on a welcome everywhere they turn. And we invite you to visit the bridge to watch the calm business of ship navigation unfold.

Enjoy excellent food—a window on the region
Our chefs use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, including locally grown produce, sustainably caught fish, and other indigenous products. By adding local flavors to a menu, we aim to give you a greater sense of the cuisine and culture in the region we’re exploring. An array of fresh fruits and delicious, fresh juices are key components of the breakfast buffet, as are fresh vegetables and fish at lunch and dinner. There are fish or meat and vegetarian choices at every meal, and our chef will happily accommodate other special diet requests.

The ship’s hospitable hotel staff maintain always-open stations for coffee, tea, soda, and water. If the bar is closed, beer is available in a serve-yourself refrigerator. Cookies are put out in the afternoon at teatime. And pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres are served in the lounge at daily Recap. There are reusable water bottles in every cabin and chilled fresh water stations aboard for convenience.

Sociable spaces, quiet corners
The lounge is the center of the expedition community; where we gather for talks and daily Recap. The bow and sundeck are other gathering places, where guests mingle with staff to scan the sea for wildlife. And the ship offers an outdoor deck with tables and chairs to pass time enjoyably alone, or with a small group.

Rise, shine, and connect with wildness
Greet the morning with a pre-breakfast exercise or stretching session on deck led by your wellness specialist. Or sleep in and take advantage of the ship’s exercise bike, elliptical, resistance bands, and yoga mats at your convenience. A variety of hikes, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddle-boarding, and beach-combing offer an even deeper connection with the wild world.

Onboard spa treatments
Massage therapy will relax and rejuvenate you. Choose to have a treatment early in the voyage to help transition into vacation-mode, or later in the voyage to soothe and revitalize tense kayak, camera, and hiking muscles.

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