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Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness

Book by November 30, 2015 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on select May and June 2016 departures. Subject to availability; new bookings only.

Experience the remarkable beauty of southeastern Alaska on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion into a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Search for orcas and humpback whales, kayak amid glacial ice, spend a full day in Glacier Bay National Park, and learn about Alaska’s rich Tlingit heritage.


  • See an abundance of wildlife: whales, bears, sea otters, Steller sea lions, eagles and puffins.
  • Experience Alaska in-depth aboard an intimate, 62-guest ship, enhanced by knowledgeable naturalists, a photo instructor, an undersea spec ialist who reveals vibrant, seldom-seen marine life and local experts adding layers of insider knowledge
  • Navigate with kayaks and expedition landing craft among icebergs in remote wilderness in Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls.

About Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness

8 day / 7 night —
Juneau to Sitka, Alaska
From: $6,490

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Day 1 – Juneau, Alaska / Embark Ship
To begin your Alaska Cruise, we will take an early afternoon flight from Seattle to Juneau. Before embarking the ship, we stop by the Alaska State Museum for an artful introduction to this unique state. We also visit Mendenhall Glacier, set in the dramatic Mendenhall Valley, located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. Embark the ship and take the time to settle into your cabin before dinner. After dinner onboard, take a few hours to yourself and explore the port of Juneau. (D)

Day 2 – Tracy Arm Fjord—Fords Terror Wilderness
Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. We’ll also pass the Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, we’ll use our Zodiacs to provide unparalelled up close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals and porpoises, Arctic terns and Bonaparte gulls.(B,L,D)

Day 3 – Petersburg
Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Explore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the “muskeg,” with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike riding. Enjoy a Dungeness crab feast this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. It’s not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior — breaching, tail-slapping and variations on feeding — as we fill the deck and listen to the play-by-play from our expert naturalists. We’ll explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. Once ashore, we’ll have the opportunity to walk along a quiet forest trail. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up close exploration. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Point Adolphus and Inian Pass
Hike, kayak and search for whales in the waters off Point Adolphus, a favored feeding area for humpback whales. Keep watch on deck with our marine mammal experts. Under the right conditions, we’ll lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on the whale’s communication. After some thrilling whale watching, we’ll cruise Inian Pass in search of playful sea otters. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Glacier Bay National Park
We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. You’ll see glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and observe them “calving” — tons of ice crashing into the sea — accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions and puffins are some of the creatures we may observe. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us onboard to share the legend of the area. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords
Today, nature is our guide as we set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. We may stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, and hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. This area is home to the highest density of nesting bald eagles in the world, so sightings are very common. If conditions permit, we’ll do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Sitka / Disembark Ship / Seattle
After breakfast we disembark in Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as you visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. Gaze up at the grand totem poles that line the wooded trails through Sitka National Historic Park. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, we have close views of species normally seen at a distance in the wild — bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. After our visit, our Alaska Cruise ends where we’ll drive to the airport for our afternoon flight to Seattle. (B)

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Dates & Rates

Dates & Rates

DatesShip123Solo 1Solo 2
May 14, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
May 15, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
May 21, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
May 22, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
May 28, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
May 29, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jun 4, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jun 5, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jun 11, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jun 12, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jun 19, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jun 25, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jun 26, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jul 2, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jul 3, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jul 9, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jul 10, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jul 16, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jul 23, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jul 24, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jul 30, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Jul 31, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Aug 6, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Aug 7, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Aug 13, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Aug 14, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Aug 20, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Aug 21, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Aug 27, 2016National Geographic Sea Bird$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240
Aug 28, 2016National Geographic Sea Lion$6,490$7,490$8,590$9,740$11,240

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Listed prices is per person based on double occupancy.


  • Accommodations aboard ship
  • Meals as indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks; park and entrance fees
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included

  • Air transportation
  • Voyage DVD
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.
  • Discretionary tips to Naturalist staff and crew


Land Extensions

Denali National Park

DenaliDiscover the wildness that lives at the heart of Alaska; add an inland exploration of Denali National Park to your coastal expedition.

With the idyllic North Face Lodge as your base camp, you’ll enjoy special access. North Face Lodge’s relationship with the Park ensures exclusive opportunities for you to explore Denali’s most pristine backcountry areas for prime hiking and wildlife viewing. Set deep in the heart of the Park, this unique wilderness retreat offers unparalleled views of Mt. McKinley, a wide range of outdoor activities and nightly presentations that emphasize Denali’s natural and cultural history, plus locally sourced cuisine. The small group size of 11 guests per naturalist enhances the intimacy of outings and opportunities for in-depth learning. Explore via private touring vehicles, or if you prefer a more personal exploration, you can hike a trail near the lodge, canoe on Wonder Lake, bike the trails or even spend an afternoon fishing. At the expedition’s end, you’ll return to Anchorage first class in lavishly appointed cars on the Alaska Railroad that feature original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck.

Day 1 – Fairbanks, Alaska
Arrive in Fairbanks, transfer to your hotel and settle into your river view room at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. This evening meet your leader and traveling companions at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 – Denali National Park / North Face Lodge
In the morning visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum featuring collections that represent over 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the North. In the late morning we depart on a wilderness drive to our temporary home located within the heart of the park, the North Face Lodge. We’ll travel in the lodge’s private bus, on the otherwise highly restricted Denali Park Road, in order to access prime wildlife viewing areas; a privilege extended to the owners of North Face Lodge and their guests. The seven-hour, 90-mile drive is rife with opportunities to look for Denali’s famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles, Arctic terns and more. We’ll enjoy a hearty, picnic-style dinner, served at the midpoint of the drive alongside the East Fork River. Regular bathroom stops at National Park Service facilities provide additional chances to stretch your legs. (B,L,D)

Days 3-5 – Denali National Park / North Face Lodge
Immerse yourself in the remote wildness and North country charm of the North Face Lodge, and become one with nature. See Denali’s rich wildlife, flora and fauna firsthand and learn about its natural history during the daily activities of your choice – hiking, canoeing, fishing and biking. Hiking is among guests’ favorite activities, as the lodge offers exclusive opportunities to hike with trained naturalist guides in the protected wilderness backcountry of Denali National Park. Optional flightseeing offers breathtaking aerial views of Alaska and is available at an additional cost. Days wind down with nightly presentations by the fireplace that focus on various aspects of Denali’s natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use and natural resource issues. Sleep in well-appointed, comfortable rooms and enjoy delicious meals featuring fresh baked goods and locally-grown produce throughout your stay. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Denali National Park / Anchorage
This morning we depart the North Face Lodge and enjoy the scenic drive back out the park entrance. Continue to experience the grandeur of Alaska aboard the Alaska Railroad, enjoying the first class, GoldStar Service en route to Anchorage. Lavishly appointed cars feature custom-designed interiors highlighted with original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck. Dinner will be served on board the train. Overnight at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Anchorage / Sitka or Juneau / Home
This morning fly to either Sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage. Or if your extension is taken after your voyage, transfer to the airport for connecting flights home. (B)

Depending on your departure date, you may be responsible for one night on your own before or after joining the Denali extension. Please call for details.

Pre- or Post-voyage Extension Cost Per Person*

From: $5,590 Call for details

*A deposit of $550 is required at the time of booking. Additional payment (60% of total extension cost) due 120 days prior to departure or March 28th, whichever comes first. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure, along with the final payment for the voyage.

The Ships

The Ships

National Geographic Sea Bird

National Geographic Sea Lion

The twin 62-guest expedition ships offer the perfect platform for exploring Alaska. With a shallow draft, they can go where larger ships cannot, nosing up to waterfalls in secluded coves and venturing into narrow channels where humpback whales and orcas come to feed. The ships can accommodate accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The open bow and sundeck have ample space for all guests to stand together and share in the wildlife viewing experience.

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Cruise Reviews

Cruise Reviews

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 19 reviews
by Richard and Margie on Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness
exceeded our expectations

Linda, your were correct...exceeded our expectations.

Honestly we spoke to you a number of times and your excitement and enthusiasm for Lindblad Alaska set the bar really high. Margie and I commented a number of times "she better be right" in the months leading up to our cruise. When on the ship, your name was mentioned many times. "Yup Linda was right". Became our inside joke. And for that we sincerely thank you.

We had a Category three cabin. The largest on the ship, but still small. Comfortable and attractively furnish. You were right on that point also...spend little time in your cabin to sleep and change clothes.

We sailed Juneau to Sitka. First night in the Westmark Baranoff, a centrally located convenient stopover. They should pick up at the airport, but they don't.

Everything exceeded our expectations. The food, excellent, except for one fish dish that had very odd herbs that we didn't care for (others at our table enjoyed it). We did comment, and the server suggested an alternative dish but we opted to pass. Staff informative, polite, enthusiastic, if possible, they will do it for you. I had some back issues and kind of hung behind at times, always a staff member there to make me feel part of the group.

Highlight was Frederick Sound. We were sailing around and all of a sudden a few whales and a few more whales and then the next two hours my Alaska bucket list was complete. The captain hung for two hours as were surrounded by maybe 100-200 whales. They put on a show for us, it went on and on. On our time in Glacier Bay which was exquisite with glaciers calving a few times. We saw 4 or 5 Orka whales right up close to the ship. Just moving right along with us for a short time. Living in Arizona, on a boat surrounded by whales is an out of body experience.

Linda, I hope your future clients can read through my lines and understand what an outstanding job this cruise line and staff did for our one week trip. The only negative is it was only is one week. Linda thank you for all your help. We wish you were on the ship with us. So, you did such a good job, what is your suggestion of the next Lindblad cruise for us? That is after our AMAWaterways cruise that we had already booked with you.

a spectacular experience

Linda, we are more than glad to offer a review of our spectacular experience with National Geographic/Lindblad sailing Alaska from Juneau to Sitka.

This was our first trip to Alaska. I believe you would be as awed by the beauty if you were floating through on a rubber raft as well as our experience. Coming from New York and the air quality of a big city, everywhere in Alaska is literally a breath of fresh air. I do wish their smoking laws were a little stricter.

At your suggestion we came into Juneau early and stayed at the Baranoff. Acceptable is all we can say...but you warned us not to have high expectations. It worked well as location for two nights. We toured and ate salmon at every turn. Your restaurant and touring suggestions were spot on. We were lucky with no pouring rain. Way to many big ship passengers taking over the city during the day. For those in Juneau who benefit from the throngs of tourists more power to them. Those that wish to live a peaceful life in Juneau, we don't know how they survive the summer months when the population at certain hours must quadrupple.

The best moment, when we were on the ship on deck, sailing out with our glass of champagne, our new friends and all waving good by to the big ships as we passed by. It is true we never saw them again.

Expectations were met from the get go. Staff was helpful, energetic and knowledgeable on everything. We had a Category 3 Cabin, the big bucks but I can't say the big cabin. It was bigger but not all that much. Well appointed as I understand it just went under a refurbishment. We were taken care of by a team of expeditions leaders. Each had a field of speciality we discovered during the week of lecturers. One a historian, one National Geo trained photographer, one a whale specialist, wellness specialist, with the rest of the crew outstanding in every way.

The common theme is everyone seemed to be there for the destination. Discussion was that they had high expectations of the National Geo connection since most other ships even small ships were less expensive. Maybe this is the reason everyone seemed to be best friends after a day or two. Just one happy connection between the passengers and the crew. A number of passengers had been on Lindblad, Galapagos a few on Arctic, everything had high marks. As Lindblad promises we had lots of enrichment and technology along with the magnificent scenery.

We observed a varied list of wild and sea life. The Captain just knew where to take us. Whales would show up during meals during lectures (it doesn't get dark), so everything stops and everyone on deck to observe. I know it is an older ship, but a private balcony sure would have been nice.

Of course must review the food. We had our fill of Salmon on our time in Juneau or so we thought. more delicious fresh salmon on the ship. Food was good to excellent. Bead and soups were the standout in our opinion. Would have liked more fresh vegetable choices at lunch and dinner. Always a fish, meet and vegetable option for meals.

Extra pluses - message therapist, photography education, patient kayak instructors, varied ability hikes and activities. and just about everything else we say and did. A very memorable enjoyable overall experience.

Post cruise, one night at the Westmark Sitka. Good to decompress before the very long flight back to New York.

One of the best vacation experiences of all our travels

Fortunate with Linda's help to have made the best choice for our Alaska adventure. We had read and researched for many months and found the more we knew the more confused we became. The options as large as the state itself. With a few pointed questions, Linda matched us up with National Geographic Lindblad. Realizing it was one of the most expensive we were a little hesitant. But decided Linda and her experience seemed to understand our reluctance and she stood by her decision as being the best for us.

We can now comment, the cost was equal to the value we received. One of the best vacation experiences of all our travels. We flew into Fairbanks, were met at the hotel by the Lind/NG people and were taken care of from that moment forward. Some exploring Fairbanks and an ok comfortable hotel, which we were told was the best for the area. Denali and the North face Lodge. Exceptional wilderness experience. The lodge is family owned, open for the summer months only. First class experience in all aspects taken into consideration of where you are in the middle of no where. We hiked, we rode bikes, we had great naturalist talks. We were lucky with the weather that did not stop us from activities. We viewed an assortment of animals on the bus ride out and back. Many photo opps close to our bus. On our drive out of the park we actually had snow flurries, in the middle of July, wow.

We had a night on our own in Sitka prior to the cruise. All transfers went well and we enjoyed Sitka and the Totum Square Inn. Nice walking town. Enjoyed the Raptor Center and Arch Angels dancers. Then onto the highlight of the trip, our cruise.

Category 3 cabin. Little larger than others but still small. Clean and comfortable but not luxurious. What I would expect on an expedition ship. Food was fresh, varied, well prepared. We had some special diet needs that were sent to the ship in advance and we were pleased it was handled well. Staff excels and loves what they do. From exercise mornings to photography to naturalists, this is why one pays for the best. For seven days, every need was met, intellectually, physically and interest wise. Every day exceeded the prior. Our first day we observed bubble net feeding, we understand every unusual and it was our first day. And yet it got better each day. Kayaking, hiking always with knowledgeable staff around us. We observed much wildlife and sea life. A special was watching bears in a waterfall eating salmon as they swam by. Watching how they bite and discard, or bite the head off an let the rest go by. Once a bear positions itself well in the falls, the salmon are in over abundance.

Our fellow travelers were a mixture of ages from adorable 8 year old twins to a gentleman who had difficulty walking. From all over the states, four from Australia. Without an exception, all compatible companions. Everyone seemed to be accommodated with any special needs. Our cruise came to an end to quickly.

an excellent vacation

  • Pre 3 nights Seattle - Marriott Waterfront
  • Pre 3 nights Sitka - Westmark
  • Post 3 nights Juneau - Westmark

National Geographic Sea Lion - Category 3 cabin

Used our 4 Journal discount. We lost the paper, so giving you the number upon our return from Galapagos for safe keeping was brilliant.

We had been with Lindblad in Galapagos which was amazing due to the destination. Alaska was superior to the crew experience and destination.

Lee Flischer as head naturalist runs a tight ship. Everyone knows their jobs and do them well with a smile. Ship is not new but well maintained and very appropriate for the Alaska Inside Passage. Photographers on ship Richard and Richard were knowledgeable for the novice and they did a good job. Going out of their way to offer their help not waiting for someone to ask. They kept busy and were an asset to the cruise. James Dickman, the expert was a joy. I did not know him prior to the cruise, meant to Google but didn't. He was personable, helpful with no attitude (which photographers are known for). Was full of knowledge when asked and knew how to keep his distance and when to engage. Excellent addition to an already fantastic itinerary.

Food was exceptional, fresh, varied, not gourmet which was not expected. Well and attractively prepared. Bread and rolls were exceptional, kudos to the pastry chef. Zodiacs and kayaks are what got us off the ship. We needed our boots as we had almost all wet landing as it had rained at night. Many eagles, whales, sea lions, a few bears. To early in the season for the salmon spawning which was a disappointment. Photo wise it couldn't have been better. We went out early and late to take advantage of the change in light. I will enjoy going through my photos at a later time.

Overall an excellent vacation. Your planning of activities for our pre and post was flawless. I feel we well took advantage of what Alaska has to offer. We plan to return in 2016 and explore the land north and south of Anchorage. We will be in touch.

A wonderful trip!

A wonderful trip. We didn't want to miss a thing so we have come home rather tired. Not as young as we used to be. I won't go into the aggrevationwith fights getting home as that is not what your reviewer wants to read about.

Followed your advice, came into Sitka a day early. Lovely little town full of history. Westmark Hotel was fine. We had some confusion meeting the Lindblad people at the Totem Square Inn. They were responsive and came back and picked us up.


From that moment on, we could tell why you suggested we travel with Lindblad. We asked you for knowledgeable staff and comfortable ship, It was right on the money from the first moment. We had six Naturalists with us on the cruises, at times we hiked with all of them. Each a joy to be with. How do they keep their enthusiasm each week I don't know. They truly seem to enjoy what they do. Rob stands out as the one who we interacted with the most. We had a Category 2 cabin, small compact and efficient, comfortable and cozy. The food was exceptional, better than expected.

We saw whales, dolphins, a moose, glaciers calving, bergy bits of ice, we went out in DIB's kayaks, hiked learned from the naturalists and had a great time. Weather was good (didn't exactly stay that way).

I believe we were the only first time Lindblad people on the ship. Others had been all over the world with Lindblad. Some Galapagos, Antarctica, some previous trips to Alaska with Lindblad. It was an amazing well traveled group of passengers.


We ended the cruise in Juneau, said goodbye to the ship and crew. 14 of us went to the airport for our flight to Fairbanks to start our Denali portion. From now on there were so many transfers and meet up points and everything went smoothly. Our leader for the Denali portion was a lovely lady named Laura. She was with us and pointed us in every right direction. Pikes Waterfront Lodge was our first night, then on to Denali the next morning.

Bus to North Face Lodge where we were all welcomed. Tired and hungry, they took good care of us. A lovely lodge, I guess one could say in the middle of no where, We were lucky to see Mt. McKinley our day in and the next day. The lodge bused us to hiking points. We took hikes of different levels and on difference surfaces. Walking on the soft tundra is like walking through sand at the beach, not easy. Mosquitos weren't a problem as I expected they would be, Then the rain started. We hiked in the drizzle which wasn't any big deal. That night came the 50 year flood, as the North Face staff said. Never rains so hard for so long. One of the other lodges in the area we understand had to be evacuated from the streams overflowing. The Lodge had no problems except we understood the roads were washed out in places. Some guests went out on their own hiking, we preferred to say in and participate in the lectures that they put together for those who didn't want to get soaked. Slide history of climbing Mt. McKinley was interesting.

On our day out of the Lodge we understood road crews had been out to repair the roads. Since all roads are gravel maybe easy to repair. Our ride out was uneventful, we never saw any evidence of rain damage. Again the transfers the train, the transfers and the hotel in Anchorage, all done without a hitch. Nice hotel wish we had stayed in Anchorage an extra day. We could have used the relaxing before the long flights home.

This was beyond an extraordinary experience. Destination and staff are the reasons. Linda your preparation was excellent and Lindblad was exceptional. We were thinking of Panama/Costa Rica as our next adventure. But, re-thinking as Glapagos was discussed on the ship and rated so highly. I know you have been there already, so we will again want your expertise. Thank you.

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