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Here, There, and Everywhere
The Boston Globe
December 2, 2016
By Necee Regis



Early birds get the best deals on Alaska coastal wilderness trips offered by AdventureSmith Explorations. Make reservations in December for primo choice of ships, cabins, and itineraries for summer 2017, including securing a cabin on the brand-new, 100-passenger expedition ship, National Geographic Quest. Set to launch in June, Quest’s nature-intensive 15-day cruise explores the coast of British Columbia into Alaska’s Inside Passage (from $9,390 per person, double-occupancy). Quest will then spend the summer exploring coves and fjords between Sitka, Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, and Petersburg on Lindblad’s classic Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness Route, an eight-day adventure also sailed by the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion (from $5,890 per person, double-occupancy). The Quest offers 50 outside-facing cabins, and state-of-the-art expedition technology such as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV); video microscope; and hydrophone and bow-cam designed to hear and film humpback whale vocalizations and view bow-riding dolphins. In addition, a fleet of 24 sea kayaks and Zodiacs allow guests to experience wild, remote places. 877-620-2875,