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  • French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard

    Venture to the heart of Polynesian culture and wildness on this highly immersive expedition where options abound. Choose to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or take a bike ride for independent exploration and to connect with these people and islands on a personal level. Explore the historic ceremonial site, called a marae, on Raiatea where Polynesian seafarers would begin their bold expeditions sailing into the unknown—expeditions that would eventually lead to populating Hawaii and New Zealand.

    • 8 Days
    • Apr / Jun / Jul / Aug
    • 102 Guests
  • Epic Polynesia: Cook Islands to Fiji

    Embark on a sweeping adventure to the western reaches of Polynesia and explore from the verdant crags of Tahiti to the vibrant reefs of Fiji—plus tropical islands and reefs that few others will ever see. Immerse yourself in Aitutaki’s warm turquoise waters, and experience genuine Polynesian welcomes throughout Samoa.

    • 15 Days
    • May
    • 102 Guests
  • Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

    Following in the wake of early Polynesian navigators, this voyage takes you to the farthest reaches of Oceania. From remote and enigmatic Easter Island, to the historically significant Pitcairn Islands through the “low islands” of the Tuamotu Archipelago to Tahiti, you’ll visit islands that are virtually inaccessible and untouched. The voyage begins in one of the most isolated landfalls of Polynesia: Easter Island. Walk the length of untouched tropical beaches, meet the descendants of of H.M.S. Bounty mutineers, and drift dive or snorkel through an atoll pass.

    • 18 Days
    • Mar / Aug
    • 102 Guests
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Daily Expedition Reports

  • Santa Cruz Island

    by Carlos Romero , Expedition Leader

    All our visitors had high expectations to see the giant reptiles of the Galapagos. Today we had an unparalleled experience to see the Galápagos Giant tortoises in their home islands. Santa Cruz Island is the base for the two main institutions that work as partners in the preservation of this enchanted archipelago.
    • May 24, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Glacier Bay National Park

    by Amy Sobesky , Wellness Specialist ; photos by Amy Sobesky,

    Glacier Bay National Park is an absolute treasure for not only Alaska but also the entire world. It is located in the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska, just north of the capital city of Juneau. This park, once only inhabited by tidewater glaciers and native inhabitants, is now host to evidence of the glacial geology, flora and fauna returning, and abundant wildlife, such as bears, mountain goats, eagles, sea otters, and sea lions. National Park rangers and a Tlingit cultural interpreter, Leonana, joined us on board the National Geographic Sea Bird for the day to share with us the wealth of information about this unique place. We navigated the bay up to the tidewater glaciers of Margerie and Grand Pacific. On the way, we glided past the banks of Gloomy Knob and Russell Cut in search of wildlife. After our adventures in Glacier Bay, we returned to Bartlett Cove where some walked the forest loop trail through a temperate rainforest bog, visited the newly constructed Tlingit Big House, and/or the skeletal remains of Snow, the humpback whale on display. The poetry and music of local, Kim Heacox, reminded us of what is important in life and how we are inspired by places in the natural wilderness.The raw beauty of this landscape told us a story of rock and sea.
    • May 24, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Tromsø, Norway

    by Mark Carmody , Naturalist ; photos by Mark Carmody ,

    The dawn did not really break today as National Geographic Explorer made her way into Tromsø, the land of the midnight sun, the most northerly city in the world and the gateway to the Arctic. We have now entered the realm of 24-hour daylight. The day was bright, sunny and cool. The options opened to the guests were varied, with visits to the Polar Museum, the magnificent Arctic Cathedral that overlooks the town, the Tromsø Museum, and an option to take a birdwatching walk along the coastal edges of Hella Island. The museums were filled with excellent exhibits and the cathedral is a marvelous building. The birdwatchers enjoyed fantastic views of willow grouse, golden plover and the beautiful ruff. The birdwatchers also had the first reindeer sighting of the trip as they made their way back to the ship. The afternoon was free for the guests to enjoy a relaxing time in the town, before setting off in the evening to make our way across the Barents Sea and to Bear Island, the first island of the Svalbard Archipelago. .
    • May 24, 2017
    • National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Now traveling with us

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    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Peter is the son of Sir Edmund Hillary who was the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest with his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay in 1953. He is the first second-generation to climb Mt Everest, he has climbed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each of the seven continents) and he has been on over 40 mountaineering expeditions around the world. Read More
  • Robert Siegel
    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Robert Siegel is senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel is still at it hosting the country's most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reporting on stories and happenings all over the globe. As a host, Siegel has reported across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. Read More
  • Eva Aariak
    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Eva Qamaniq Aariak is a Canadian politician, who was elected in the 2008 territorial election to represent the electoral district of Iqaluit East in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. She was subsequently chosen as the second Premier of Nunavut, under the territory's consensus government system, on November 14, 2008. She was the fifth woman to serve as a premier in Canada. Prior to her election, she was the first Languages Commissioner for Nunavut. In her capacity as Languages Commissioner, she was asked to choose an Inuktitut language word for the Internet; she settled on ikiaqqivik, which literally means "traveling through layers" and refers to the traditional Inuit concept of a shaman travelling through time and space to find answers to spiritual and material questions. Read More