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Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park

This 5-day wildness and wellness adventure in the remote and remarkable Channel Islands offers a unique and rejuvenating experience exploring, learning and relaxing throughout this special and close-to-home destination. Board your floating base camp, the 100-guest National Geographic Quest or sister ship 100-guest Venture, in Los Angeles and head to three of the five wildlife-rich islands which make up Channel Islands National Park, as well as Catalina Island. Actively explore unmarred landscapes, revel in pure nature and rejuvenate mind, body and soul with wellbeing programs.

Almost every national park in the U.S. is easy to get to, but the Channel Islands are separated from the mainland by miles of ocean. What this cruise offers is unique and effortless access to wild beauty and pristine nature for 5 days/4 nights, using a ship as a base camp.

This Channel Islands cruise offers opportunities to exult in the pristine beauty of the islands and roam free in wide-open spaces. Take leisurely trail walks with a naturalist looking out for the astonishing number of endemic flora & fauna of the islands. Explore fascinating sea caves by kayak or paddleboard. Find your center with daily guided meditation sessions and challenge your body and mind with fitness classes including Core Fusion Bootcamp, Barre + Cardio and restorative Chill Yoga. Stroll white-sand beaches or spend time exploring bustling tide pools. Take in panoramic views & spectacular landscapes on mindfulness hikes. At the end of the day, enjoy a sunset cocktail party on deck and welcome the night with stargazing.

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Itinerary

Wild California Escape: Channel Islands Itinerary

This 5-day Channel Islands cruise begins and ends in Los Angeles, California and spends time exploring the islands of Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and Catalina.

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Day 1
Embark Los Angeles, California

Arrive in Los Angeles and head to the Port of Los Angeles in the afternoon to be welcomed aboard. Familiarize yourself with the ship, stow your stuff and take in the sights on the ship’s deck. Embark in the early evening, meet the team and settle in for the days ahead.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Anacapa & Santa Cruz Islands, Channel Islands National Park

Wake to the ship at anchor off the rocky outcropping of East Anacapa Island. Join the onboard fitness instructor on the sundeck for morning yoga, before heeding the call of the breakfast buffet. After breakfast, join naturalists aboard the Zodiacs to go ashore on East Anacapa. The goal is the Anacapa Lighthouse, built in 1932, the last major light station to be built on the west coast. Soak in the views from Inspiration Point or, for a more relaxing option, explore Arch Rock via Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park

Kick start the morning with a stretch class before breakfast. Weather permitting, go kayaking, hike one of the many trails or simply relax ashore. With luck, catch a glimpse—or photo—of the elusive fox species endemic to the island. Join the naturalists for a more strenuous hike out to the base of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, which contains what is considered one of the world’s rarest pines and one of only two naturally occurring groves in the world. End the day with a sunset cocktail party.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Catalina Island

Spend the day discovering the colorful history and natural wonders of Catalina Island. Once a haunt of smugglers and gold-diggers, the island was transformed into a resort destination by chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley, Jr. in the 1920s. Some 50 years later, William’s heirs, Philip K. Wrigley and Dorothy Wrigley Offield, established the Catalina Island Conservancy, protecting nearly 90 percent of the island. After a morning workout on deck followed by breakfast, enjoy a session with a Conservancy member to learn about their work on the island before heading out on the trail for spectacular views of the coastline and the Catalina backcountry. With luck, catch a glimpse of the elusive bison herd who have resided on Catalina Island since 1924. Head for the water to kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Return to the ship for a farewell dinner, and a last evening at sea under the stars.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Disembark Los Angeles, California

Awake dockside in the bustling Port of Los Angeles. (Early risers can catch the action in one of the world’s largest ports.) Enjoy a final breakfast on board before disembarking and either transferring to the airport or heading to your car.

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship; meals on land as indicated; shore excursions, sightseeing, entrance fees and special access permits; round-trip transfers for guests using group flights; use of kayaks, bicycles and stand-up paddleboards; services of the ship’s physician; expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to local guides and drivers. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships (2023); beer, wine & full bar (2024).

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing prior to January 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350*
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$350 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

For expeditions departing January 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park cruise begins and ends in Los Angeles, California (LAX). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Los Angeles by 2:30pm on Day 1 of the itinerary in order to meet at the Port of Los Angeles by 5:30pm. Disembarkation is after breakfast, at 9:00am on Day 5 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Los Angeles no earlier than 12:00pm Noon.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, whale watching, yoga, meditation, cardio boot camp classes, barre and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500, at double occupancy. Skilled staff members are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique. 

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2023
National Geographic Quest • 5 days
From $3360USD
Per Person
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Apr 28 - May 02, 2023
National Geographic Quest • 5 days
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Oct 27 - Oct 31, 2023
National Geographic Venture • 5 days
From $3360USD
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Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2023
National Geographic Venture • 5 days
From $3360USD
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Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2023
National Geographic Venture • 5 days
From $3360USD
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Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2024
National Geographic Quest • 5 days
From $3470USD
Per Person
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Apr 27 - May 01, 2024
National Geographic Quest • 5 days
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Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2024
National Geographic Venture • 5 days
From $3470USD
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Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2024
National Geographic Venture • 5 days
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Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2024
National Geographic Venture • 5 days
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Accommodations

Learn About The Small Ships On Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Venture

The 100-guest National Geographic Venture is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves and fast-moving channels while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Quest

Purpose built to cruise coastal waters, shallow coves and fast-moving channels, the 100-guest National Geographic Quest is a state-of-the-art, expedition, luxury vessel designed for supreme comfort and enhanced wildlife viewing.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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$350 Air Credit On Wild California Escape Cruises

Book your select Southern California cruise and receive a $350 air credit in this special deal.

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10% Group Savings On Select National Geographic Expeditions

Save 10% when traveling as a group of 6 or more on select National Geographic expeditions with this special deal. Take advantage of these great savings while enjoying traveling with your friends and family.

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No Solo Supplement On Select 2023 Northern & Central America Cruises

Solo travelers! Take your pick between a variety of 2023 trip departures in North or Central America and pay no single supplement fee.

Expert Review

Ship Reviews from our Experts so You Know What to Expect

Arielle Lightcap • August 27th, 2017
Expert Aboard: National Geographic Quest Review

Adventure Specialist Arielle Figueroa was among the first to step aboard the new National Geographic Quest during its first month sailing. Read her review of this stunning small ship.

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