Last August, Brownell’s CEO and President Troy Haas took his family on an exciting trip to Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions. They spent five nights on the National Geographic Sea Bird and experienced Alaska’s iconic wildlife and epic scenery. Get the scoop on his Lindblad Expeditions cruise to Alaska below:
Where did you go?
- Baranof Island
- Lynn Canal
- Tracy Arm
Lindblad Expeditions has a alliance with National Geographic, so there is a National Geographic photographer on board many of their departures throughout the year. We took an iPhone photography class with one of the photographers and learned a great deal. The photographer was very helpful and approachable, and we had plenty of photography takeaways.
One of our favorite days was the day we went to Tracy Arm. We caught a clear day with gorgeous views of the fjord and sheer walls plus glacier valleys on either side. Then we rode the DIB (like a zodiak) through the iceberg/bits up the glacier – truly a “wow” moment. Spending time watching the glacier and hearing it calve and crash in the water was awe-inspiring.
Why is Lindblad’s expedition cruise ideal for this destination?
Lindblad’s small ship can access wildlife areas without being so large as to overwhelm. This is an excellent Alaska experience for those who like to hike, kayak etc. as they experience wildlife. The active itinerary also has great learning opportunities as well as the multiple naturalists who are passionate about the region and the wildlife and environment. There is so much to learn and enjoy on these trips.
The 30-minute morning stretch on deck is a great way to work out the stiffness from all the hiking and paddle boarding. It is a bit chilly, but where else can you do yoga in your winter weather gear while you cruise through glaciers or mountain scenery?
Know Before You Go:
This trip is for someone who wants to experience Alaska in a more intimate and active way. If you’re interested in whales, bears, hiking, kayaking, and learning but are short on time, this is a great trip for you to see Alaska.
Read and follow Lindblad’s packing tips. The weather can change frequently, so you want to have the right gear so you can still be outside enjoying the scenery. Pack rain gear, both tops and pants, that doesn’t have lining so you can layer. Also, muck boots/Xtratufs are key. Make sure they are large enough that you can wear multiple pairs of socks with them.