The Ships

Expedition ships ideally suited to exploring the Pacific Northwest


Our 62-guest expedition ships offer the perfect vantage for taking in the spectacular beauty of a Snake River and Columbia River tour. Experience all that the region has to offer on a Pacific Northwest cruise. With a shallow draft she can go where larger ships cannot, passing through the system of eight locks and sailing 450 miles upriver. 

Newly Redesigned cabins
Both National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion have 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 lines. 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. 

National Geographic Sea Bird
A 62-guest expedition ship, National Geographic Sea Bird accommodates guests in 31 outside cabins. Her open bow and sundeck have ample space for all guests to stand together and share in the viewing experience.

National Geographic Sea Lion
The twin sister ship to National Geographic Sea Bird, National Geographic Sea Lion is also an expedition ship accommodating 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. She has been compared by Andrew Evans, National Geographic writer, as the “closest thing” to Cousteau’s Calypso he’s ever had the pleasure to be on.  

National Geographic Quest
Our newest ship in this region is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves, and fast-moving channels where wildlife congregate while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort. Spacious cabins, open decks for wildlife viewing, and specialty tools for exploration make it the ideal platform for sailing in the remote areas of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize.

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