National Geographic Sea Bird small ship with dark blue hull & white upper decks cruises through calm seas at sunset.
Dining room with window-lined walls aboard National Geographic Sea Bird small ship
2 women sit among tables & chairs in window-lined lounge aboard National Geographic Sea Bird expedition ship.
Large bed, desk, chair, large windows and door opening to outside on Nat Geo Sea Bird & Sea Lion expedition ships.
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National Geographic Sea Bird

62 guests
year built
164 feet
33 feet
6 feet
cruising speed
10 knots
United States

National Geographic Sea Bird, a twin expedition ship to the National Geographic Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size and shallow draft, all while comfortably accommodating 62 guests in 31 cabins. The feeling is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. In fact, National Geographic writer Andrew Evans called the vessel the “closest thing to Cousteau’s Calypso” he’s ever had the pleasure to be on.

National Geographic Sea Bird Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ National Geographic Sea Bird review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Please read our National Geographic Sea Bird review below then contact our small ship cruise experts to compare the National Geographic Sea Bird with other small cruise ships and yachts offering Baja cruises, Canada small ship cruises, Pacific Northwest small ship cruises and Alaska small ship cruises.

Choose the National Geographic Sea Bird for active and inquisitive travels with immersion in nature and wildlife. The experts and equipment on board provide excellent intellectual and educational experiences. The Sea Bird is an ideal platform for exploration of remote and rarely seen places. Her captain and crew have decades of sailing experience and know where to find breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins and alluring coves. The probable presence of National Geographic explorers, photographers, writers, scientists and other experts gives guests unequaled opportunities to expand their knowledge. In addition, connection among travelers is also a focus, as National Geographic Sea Bird’s inviting public spaces foster a sense of shipboard life where everyone is integral to the adventure, engendering a sense of expedition community.

Common Areas & Amenities Aboard Nat Geo Sea Bird

The large open bow on the Upper Deck, which holds all guests at once, provides ample opportunities for experiencing the wildlife and scenery. The Bridge Deck offers a sun deck with tables, chairs, exercise equipment and partial shade as well as the bridge, which is often open to visitors, providing the captain’s view.

Indoors, an open lounge features a full bar and space for films, slideshows and lectures; a reference library and global market. During this event, the market displays the talent of local artisans. Items may include silver jewelry crafted in Alaska, handmade dolls from Baja, paintings and books by the naturalist staff, plus expedition clothing and other essentials. Every item purchased in the global market contributes to an artisan fund, which supports artisans in communities around the world to develop their potential more successfully.

Internet access (one device at a time) is available on board via three tiers: time-limited complimentary “basic” internet, for app messaging, email and simple social media; time-limited “enhanced” internet, adding general web browsing and video conferencing capabilities; and “premium” internet, for unlimited access to all features under the “enhanced” plan. The satellite-based WiFi may not always be accessible in remote areas or extreme weather.

Dining Aboard National Geographic Sea Bird

Onboard chefs prepare fresh, delicious dishes from local ingredients. Meals are served in the dining room in an unhurried, open seating with views through panoramic windows. Breakfast is a buffet with a wide selection of options, lunch is often served family style and dinners are most commonly plated. Reusable bottles for water are in each cabin when guests arrive. The bar is typically open in the mid-morning and evening. 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, water, ice and snacks.

Activities Aboard National Geographic Sea Bird

One- or two-person kayaks are available for explorations. A sturdy fleet of Zodiacs accommodate quick, safe and versatile off-ship adventures.

This ship offers a wide range of cameras that record wildlife along the way. A bow camera, video microscope and underwater camera all stream footage to TVs in the lounge and staterooms; a hydrophone provides a soundtrack to the imagery; all offer multiple ways to interact with the wildlife. The ship is also equipped with a Splash-Cam for easy deployment by naturalists to show the spectacular world beneath the surface. An iMac station is available in the ship’s lounge for editing and sorting photos, equipped with a digital media reader and USB outlets. A full-time certified photo instructor and video chronicler are aboard.

A variety of wellness treatments are available on board, as well as activities led by the wellness specialist. Morning stretch classes are held in the open air of the sun deck, with yoga mats available. Exercise bands and sets of small hand weights are also available for use. Massages, body treatments, natural facial treatments and hand and foot treatments are all on offer at the spa. Signup opportunities for treatments occur once on board.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard National Geographic Sea Bird

All of National Geographic Sea Bird’s 31 cabins are outside facing with one or two windows and two lower beds (some configurable). Rooms are comfortable and clean with organic cotton duvets and crisp cotton sheeting. Every cabin has Wi-Fi access for purchase and temperature controls, and is stocked with botanically-inspired hair products, soap and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Beneath every bed is space to store luggage, and each cabin has one or two closets plus drawers under the beds. A speaker in each cabin is optionally tuned to the microphone in the ship’s lounge. Laundry is available for an additional fee.

2 twin beds, nightstand & large window in cabin aboard National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion expedition ships.
Category 1

Main Deck #300-305. Conveniently located between the dining room and lounge, these cabins include a writing desk and a window. Cabin doors open to an interior hallway.

2 twin beds by view window & wooden bedside table in Category 2 cabin of Nat Geo Sea Bird & Sea Lion expedition ships.
Category 2

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104. These well-located cabins include a window. Cabin doors open to the outside.

Large bed, desk, chair, large windows and door opening to outside on Nat Geo Sea Bird & Sea Lion expedition ships.
Category 3

Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. Some cabins convert to a double bed and Upper Deck cabins can accommodate three travelers with a pullout single bed. They include a small table, two chairs and two windows. Cabin doors open to the outside.

Deck plan showing Main Deck, Upper Deck and Bridge Deck of National Geographic Sea Bird & Nat Geo Sea Lion expedition ships.
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