There’s a difference between seeing Alaska and experiencing Alaska. When you see Alaska, you go through the motions and get to check this destination off your list. But when you experience the 49th state, you delve deep into the culture, history, wildlife, and geography and gain a true understanding of just how special Alaska is.
So who’s ready to experience Alaska?
Our partners at Lindblad Expeditions know how to show people the best of what Alaska has to offer. Get the scoop on what makes their trips so special and why you should experience Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions.
Lindblad launched the National Geographic Quest last year, and the National Geographic Venture launches in late 2018. These 100-passenger ships are built specifically for Alaska – and by Alaska, we mean the shallow coves, fast-moving channels, and areas that the big ships simply cannot reach. And of course, the 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion are still in Alaska, so you have four amazing options for your journey! (See Brownell President & CEO Troy Haas’ trip aboard the Sea Bird here!)
Spirit of Exploration
Sure, there is an itinerary for each trip, but Lindblad’s expert team is trained to take advantage of any moment that pops up. Whether the guides spot whales playing or a bald eagle soaring above, they have the freedom to adjust the day’s activities so you can soak up these special experiences. And let’s be honest, the unplanned and impromptu moments of a trip can be the most memorable of them all!
Fun for the Whole Family
Your children don’t have to be in a classroom to learn – they can do so with Lindblad! The National Geographic Global Explorers program (also in the Galapagos!) was specially designed to help younger travelers understand and appreciate the destination all while having fun. The National Geographic-trained expedition leaders guide little ones through experiments in the field and help them unleash their creativity while connecting with nature.
When you’re exploring Alaska with Lindblad, the only crowds you’re going to see are crowds of wildlife. Lindblad’s itineraries are carefully designed so you get up-close-and-personal with true Alaska (not a pack of tourists just off a big cruise ship!). The Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii itinerary stops in Haida Gwaii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home of the first totem pole, or the Wild Alaska Escape has many active options, like hiking, kayaking, biking, and rafting. And no matter which of their many itineraries you choose, you get to immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of Alaska.
Time to Unplug
It may be hard at first to put down the phone (and the computer and the tablet), but after a day or two, you’ll find it easy to focus on connecting with your surroundings rather than social media and email. After witnessing a bear fishing for its dinner, learning more about it from on-board experts, and snapping photos with the help of a National Geographic photographer (they have a dedicated one on board many of the itineraries!), seeing what your friend ate for dinner isn’t so exciting.