Life Aboard

Welcoming spaces, great food, plus health & harmony

Food served aboard is fresh, local and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, located aft of the main deck. When weather conditions allow, some meals are served on the sundeck. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you.

Public spaces
National Geographic Sea Bird features an open bow and sundeck for gathering to watch for wildlife or enjoy an evening cocktail with friends in the open air.

Bridge: You’re invited to the ship’s bridge to see the calm business of navigation unfold. Ask the watch officer questions about navigation. Or, help yourself to the ever-ready binoculars to scan the horizon for whale spouts. There may occasionally be times when the bridge must be restricted to shipboard personnel only.

Lounge: The lounge, located forward on the main deck, is the heart of our expedition community, where we hold cocktail hour and Recap each evening. It’s also where you’ll gather for lectures, photography talks, and guest speaker presentations. There’s a small reference library and board games and cards are also available.

Bar: The bar is typically open from 11 a.m. until one hour after lunch begins and from 5 p.m. until closing. A variety of beverages are available for purchase including wine by the glass or bottle, cocktails, specialty drinks, and spirits. There is also a 24-hour self-service beverage station with coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer, water, ice, and snacks. The drinking age aboard the ship is 21.

Sundeck: Morning stretch classes are held in the open air of the sundeck, located aft on the bridge deck. After stretch class the deck is set with tables and chairs, and lounge chairs.

Bow: Sea Bird’s bow observation area accommodates the entire expedition community at once for a shared wildlife viewing experience. A raised platform in the center is a favorite perch for photographers.

Wellness aboard
Making daily discoveries and exploring the wild world is naturally uplifting.  Your wellness specialist will help make your expedition relaxing as well as revitalizing. Greet the day with a light exercise class on deck; take an aerobic sensory walk ashore; soothe yourself with a massage onboard.  Relaxing full body, deep tissue and focused therapeutic massages are available. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a treatment once on board.

Fitness area: Two exercise bikes and an elliptical machine are located in the open air of the sundeck. In addition, yoga mats, blocks, straps, resistance bands, small hand weights and foam rollers are located in the wellness deck box, and available for use anytime during the voyage.

The global market: a window on regional talent
Discover the talent of local artisans in the places Sea Bird ventures in the ship’s global market. The global market is a collection of items made by local residents in the places we explore. It is hosted in the ship’s lounge during each expedition. You may find silver jewelry crafted in Alaska, handmade dolls from Baja, paintings and books by your naturalist staff, plus expedition clothing and other essentials. Every item purchased in the global market contributes to the Lindblad Artisan Fund, which supports artisans in communities around the world to develop their potential more effectively and successfully. Five percent of all Sea Bird global market sales will be earmarked for this fund, and the Lindblad-National Geographic Fund will match dollar for dollar what is raised through these earmarks.

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