Early morning finds National Geographic Sea Lion anchored off Haines, Alaska, our destination for the day. Today offers a potpourri of activities for guests, ranging from river rafting to fly-fishing on the Chilkat to an all-day hike to the top of Mount Riley and more. Haines is a small, vibrant community in the northern portion of the Alaskan Panhandle.

There is a hum of conversation during cocktail hour as guests share about the day’s experiences and slide into a relaxed demeanor, opening themselves to the expedition and allowing the region to make its impression.