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One pair of fully waterproof knee-high rubber boots with sturdy, high-traction soles are recommended. We stress the importance of boots that are completely waterproof so that your feet will not get wet when you step into shallow, water during wet Zodiac landings. Additionally, boots should have good traction because you may encounter rough terrain. Also, comfort is important—if your boots are too heavy or bulky, your footing will be awkward during hikes.
Our style is always informal. The relaxed atmosphere of every journey, a Lindblad Expeditions’ hallmark, is something our travelers tell us they particularly enjoy. There is never a need for fancy clothing, so our recommendations on your travel wardrobe are all about comfort, practicality, and the conditions in the region you're exploring. Prior to your voyage, you will receive a recommended packing list developed by our expedition leaders.
No, National Geographic Explorer does not have a pool.
Maritime Canada is 2.5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). While in Canada, the National Geographic Explorer recognizes the local time. And Maritime Canada is 13 hours behind Sydney, Australia. This itinerary covers two time zones (Atlantic and Newfoundland). If you prefer to use Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Newfoundland and Labrador is UTC –3:30 and Nova Scotia is UTC –4:00. For more information, see http://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/.
On a photo expedition, the itinerary, presentations and activities are designed specifically with photographers in mind. On other expeditions, photography is one component of the expedition, but not the primary component. National Geographic Explorer does not offer any photo expeditions but photography is a very significant component on board.
National Geographic Explorer has a National Geographic photographer and a Lindblad/National Geographic-certified photo instructor aboard every voyage. After all, travel and photography go hand in hand. And, with the partnership between Lindblad and National Geographic, it’s natural that photography has become a vital component of our expeditions. While all of our expeditions offer a full contingent of specialists to give you plenty of options and an in-depth experience—naturalists, ornithologists, marine biologists, historians, oceanographers and other experts—our Photo Team is there to help you take the best travel photographs of your life whether you’re an interested beginner or seasoned pro.
The photo team can enhance everyone’s voyage with useful tips for improving your images, strategies for being in the right place at the right time, and assistance with using your camera to take the best possible photos.
Yes, guests are welcome to visit the bridge to meet our officers and captain and learn about navigation and the extensive equipment located on the bridge.
Yes, it is likely. Sometimes weather conditions simply don’t allow for it, but generally we are able to go kayaking at least once each expedition. Our ship is equipped with an onboard fleet of 36 double kayaks—to give our guests the opportunity for personal, "eye-level" encounters with wildness.
When you board a Zodiac to make a landing, at times there is shallow water to walk through after you disembark the Zodiac and walk ashore.
Given the nature of an expedition to Canada, you’ll have opportunities to take Zodiac excursions and hikes in the company of a naturalist. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you can take advantage of our fleet of kayaks to explore on your own.
Hiking sticks are permitted and may prove be helpful. There are some provided onboard, however, you are welcome to bring along your own.
Yes, your expedition team always offers hikes of varied lengths for different fitness levels and interests. Our wellness specialist may lead a faster paced walk for those who want more of a workout. Naturalist-guided walking and hiking options will be offered regularly throughout your expedition, as conditions allow. Distances will vary, and often involve an incline or irregular terrain. Shorter walks will always be offered.
This expedition can be physically demanding and you should be in general good health and able to walk short distances over uneven and rough terrain unassisted. Since you are traveling to areas which may not have access to sophisticated medical facilities, you must not join this expedition if you have a life-threatening condition.
The average air temperature in Canada is between 45 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit but weather in the region can be highly variable.
Often, the most memorable events are those that are unplanned. That’s why every Lindblad-National Geographic itinerary has flexibility built into the schedule. So, if we happen to encounter a pod of dolphins, for example, we’ll be afforded the luxury of taking the time to stop and watch rather than having to rush off somewhere else. To get a sense of what these adventurous, open-ended days are like, spend some time reading our Daily Expedition Reports. You can read the top ten or browse our archives, looking at the destination and time of year that most interests you.
Coastal towns, fjords, iconic lighthouses. We’ll explore wind- and waved-carved craggy shores, stroll remote fishing settlements, and visit islands with strong French,Scottish and Acadian influences. We’ll also see relics of ancient Viking settlements and WWII bunkers designed to defend the harbors we sail into. We’ll also visit Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its unique landscape.
We’ll keep an eye on the horizon for marine life, and we’ll stop at a puffin colony just as the birds are arriving on their migratory route.
That’s a personal choice. Note, you will be able to use credit cards and personal checks aboard. Unfortunately, we are unable to cash personal checks or traveler's checks for cash on board.
Prices vary, depending on the length of your voyage.
All gratuities ashore are included in your expedition cost. Gratuities to crew aboard ship are at your own discretion.
The currency is the Canadian dollar (CAD). We recommend that you bring U.S. dollars (USD) in small denominations and exchange only the amount you will need for miscellaneous expenses.
The shipboard currency is in U.S. dollars (USD). In foreign ports, a small amount of local currency will be available for exchange aboard ship. All services and products purchased on board the ship may be paid for by cash, checks drawn against a U.S. bank, or credit card (American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover Card. Please note that transactions posted against credit cards issued outside of the U.S. may be subject to foreign transaction fees.
No visa is necessary for U.S. Canadian or Australian citizens.
Lindblad Expedition costs are all-inclusive:
- All ship and hotel accommodations
- All meals aboard ship and most meals ashore except when an itinerary provides an "at your leisure" morning, afternoon, or evening. All non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship.
- Tips, taxes, port charges, and service charges (gratuities to ship’s crew at your own discretion)
- All shore excursions and sightseeing, entrance fees, special access permits.
- Transfers to and from group flights
- Use of kayaks and Zodiac excursions
- Services of a ship’s physician
- Services of our expedition team
- International airfare is always shown as a separate cost since many of our travelers prefer to use frequent flyer miles.
- There are never hidden charges, like port charges. Of course, you’ll want to check carefully the inclusions for the journey you’ve selected, but you can rest assured there will be nothing hidden.
Activities and shore excursions are included in the cost of every Lindblad-National Geographic Expedition. We don't want you to miss out on anything. Many cruise lines charge you extra, often hundreds of dollars, to see the sites that prompted you to book in the first place. With us, all activities and sightseeing are included-from guided hikes to kayaking. You'll always have the freedom to pick and choose activities as your day unfolds: a long hike, a shorter walk, kayaking, a Zodiac excursion, or relaxing aboard ship. After all, these are not scheduled tours, these are expeditions. Everyone is different—every day is different.
Travel aboard National Geographic Explorer, which accommodates 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. The ship is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel with an ice 1A rating on the forward hull, able to navigate polar environments in exceptional comfort.
We travel to Canada in September.
- On-board public areas
There is a choice of public areas available for all guests. Some areas, such as the restaurant, are listed here but there is more information about meals in Life Aboard. Public areas include the restaurant, bistro bar, chart room, global gallery, library, lounge, Internet Café, mudroom with lockers for expedition gear, fitness center, sauna, spa, and observation lounge. Even the bridge is open to guests, giving you the opportunity to meet the captain and officers, and to learn about navigation.
- Heating & air conditioning
The ship is fully climate-controlled, either heated or air conditioned, depending on the outside temperature.
There are grand view windows in the dining room, lounge, fitness center, library, and observation lounge, connecting you to the outdoors.
National Geographic Explorer features an on-board library with an extensive selection of books pertaining to the region.
- Photo kiosk
For those interested in downloading digital photos aboard ship, there is a digital photo kiosk in the Internet Café, which will enable you to download your photos to various types of digital media.
- Email/Internet access
Email and Internet access are available onboard. Your personal email and Internet may be accessed from your own device in your cabin or in one of many wifi areas aboard, or at the Internet kiosk onboard. Charges apply. Please note that when the vessel is operating at high latitudes, or in deep fjords, satellite email access may not be possible.
Laundry and pressing services are available at an additional charge. There is no dry cleaning.
- Telephone & fax
Satellite telephone calls and fax transmissions are available at an additional charge.
The National Geographic Explorer is equipped with a wheelchair accessible elevator that operates on most decks. Not all areas of the ship are accessible by wheelchair.
For the comfort of all our guests, smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor areas.
- Climate controls
Each cabin has its own thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature (heating or air conditioning) in your cabin.
Certain cabin categories (Cat. 5, 6, 7) have exposed balconies with furniture and glass sliding doors. These balconies range in size from approximately 37 to 90 square feet.
All cabins face outside with either windows or portholes. Cabins with balconies have sliding glass doors. Some portholes may be covered periodically during rough seas.
- Shower amenities
We supply Zero% brand conditioning shampoo, body wash, and body lotion. If you choose to bring your own shampoo and/or conditioner, we recommend that you bring biodegradable products. In addition, Expedition Essential Kits are provided for each guest. Toiletries are also available for sale in the global gallery.
- Hair dryers
Hair dryers are available in a drawstring bag in each bathroom.
- Video programming
Each cabin is equipped with a 22-inch flat screen LCD for video programming (the size of the screen is 32” in the suites). Video programming includes movies, educational programming, and live feeds from the screens in the lounge.
- Electrical appliances
At the desk in each cabin there is an outlet for 110v and 220v (European). Additional outlets of both types are located in every cabin.
The ship is not equipped with safety deposit boxes. Guests are asked to see the Purser if they have something that must be kept in the ship's safe, although we recommend leaving valuables at home. All passports are kept throughout the duration of the voyage by the purser.
Meals are served in one open seating in the panoramic-windowed restaurant or in the more intimate bistro bar. In addition, on occasion light lunches are served out on the sun deck or in the observation lounge. Tables are always unassigned to encourage mingling and to ensure you dine with a variety of fellow guests, expedition team members, and special guest experts.
Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, with an array of healthy options from fruits, vegetables, freshly squeezed juices, and homemade breads—choices range from simple to indulgent to satisfy any yearnings. Dinner is served with varied meat, fish, or vegetarian options at every meal. Our sustainable seafood program aims to serve locally caught or harvested fresh seafood. And our baker presents fresh breads and desserts daily to surprise and delight. Meal hours will be posted in your Daily Program.
If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance and we will gladly accommodate you. Unfortunately, we cannot provide kosher meals but can provide vegan meals.
Throughout your expedition, there is no need for formal clothing, unless you’re inspired to do so. The on-board atmosphere is casual and comfortable, and so is the dress code.
Coffee, soft drinks, tea, and hot chocolate are available throughout the day as are light snacks.
Yes, alcohol, considered a personal item, is available for purchase on the ship.
One of the most important aspects of every Lindblad-National Geographic Expedition is the expertise of our knowledgeable staff of naturalists, photography experts, biologists, oceanographers, historians and other specialists who provide talks, guidance ashore, and daily camaraderie. These engaging people will greatly enhance your experience, sharing special insights into areas of the world they know intimately.
Your expedition team is key to your experience. They not only accompany all your explorations off the ship, they also give engaging talks and informal presentations on board. The state-of-the art lounge is equipped with facilities for films, slideshows, and presentations. Naturalists will share their knowledge and add insight to all you see and do. Our undersea specialist will dive and film undersea footage for presentation on the flat screens in the comfort of the ship’s lounge, giving you a rare view of the undersea world. A guest speaker in our Global Perspectives will add depth, knowledge, and relevancy to your understanding of the region. Our National Geographic photographer shares their images and offers tips in the field for those who are interested in participating.
This is a Lindblad Expeditions tradition, as much a part of the expedition as exploring in the Zodiacs. Recaps are generally held each evening in the lounge prior to dinner and include informal presentations by the staff and a lively review of the day’s events involving both staff and guests. At the conclusion of Recap, your expedition leader will review the activity options for the next day.
A video chronicler accompanies every expedition. With cameras at-the-ready 24 hours a day and seven days a week, these talented professionals have just one goal: to capture the essence of your expedition for you. A Voyage DVD will be professionally edited and made available for purchase at the end of your expedition—proof of your intrepid spirit!
Yes, everyone on our expedition team speaks English, some are multi-lingual as well.
Yes, National Geographic Explorer features a glass-enclosed fitness center with gym equipment, including treadmills, stationary bicycles, an elliptical cross-trainer, free weights, benches, and body bar. There is also an outdoor stretching area.
Exploring the world can be a powerful restorative tonic. To that end, we offer you options to tap into your own personal wellness goals and help you rejuvenate as best we can. The spa, sauna, and fitness center are located on the wellness deck. A wellness specialist is available for wellness elements ranging from massages, facials, and body treatments to activities with more fitness in mind, such as aerobic hikes, morning stretching classes with poses inspired by yoga or Pilates, personalized guidance with the fitness equipment, and more. Our goal is not a one model fits all, but rather a multi-tiered approach to exploration and rejuvenation. There are two spa treatment rooms on National Geographic Explorer where wellness treatments are offered.
Children of any age are welcome on our Canada expedition. We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. Take $500 off the double occupancy rate for each person under 18.
A minor consent form must be signed by the parents or parent not traveling with the child. It is also suggested that the legal guardian of the child sign and have notarized a letter of consent to travel with their knowledge.
Prior to your departure date, we will provide you with a list of port contacts and phone numbers, indicating how you can be reached in case of emergency. The ship is equipped with satellite communications for internet access, telephone, and fax.
Our ships are equipped with satellite communications for email and Internet access, and telephone and fax, for which charges apply. Email access is available 24 hours a day through the purchase of pre-paid Internet access cards onboard, however, since it is satellite access and we explore remote locations, sometimes we are without a signal to connect. Once purchased, the Internet cards can be used to access the Internet on your personal device in your cabin using an Ethernet cable or at select wireless access points on board, or at the Internet kiosks. Internet cards are available in the following increments:
a. Internet Gold Card, 250 minutes, $100.00
b. Internet Silver Card, 100 minutes, $55.00
c. Internet White Card, 50 minutes, $22.50
Yes, there is a doctor on board all National Geographic Explorer voyages; and his/her services are free of charge. The doctor is available at any time in case of emergency. Please inquire about the doctor for your individual expedition.
While the National Geographic Explorer is fully stabilized, you may want to bring some preventative medication if you are susceptible to motion discomfort; please check with your personal physician for recommendations.
Yes, if you are a U.S., Canadian OR Australian citizen, the only document you will need is a VALID passport.
Key to our operation is our fleet of Zodiacs, the amphibious landing craft we use to land on remote islands and shorelines that would otherwise be inaccessible. These sturdy inflatable rubber boats are the same craft that Jacques Cousteau used in his expeditions for over 30 years. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat. The Zodiacs we use are 19 feet long, powered by outboard engines, and are capable of carrying 12 to 14 people with ease.
Kayaking provides one of the best means for personal exploration. National Geographic Explorer is outfitted with a fleet of 36 double kayaks for everyone who wants to participate. They are very stable and easy to master for novices and experts alike. Lessons and assistance will be offered for newcomers to the sport, so all interested parties may join in this activity. There is something special about being alone, or with a partner in our double kayak, paddling along a remote coastline. Conditions in Canada will determine where and when you’ll be able to kayak. Your expedition staff will always strive to provide you with this experience but will never compromise your safety.
Undersea tools for exploring
National Geographic Explorer is equipped with panoply of underwater exploration equipment, including an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) that can dive 1,000 feet below the surface and bring up images to view on LCD screens in the comfort of the lounge. Splash-Cams or hydrophones bring to life the sights and sounds beneath the sea, and our undersea specialist may also dive to film the marine life. These tools allow us to go further and get closer to nature’s wonders. For more information, see our Tools for Exploration.
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