Alaska Part 2 - Inside Passage By Small Ship

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Our 2004 Alaska Trip is divided into four parts:

LOCATION: Alaska Part 2 - Inside Passage

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Alaska Brown Bears, Salmon, Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Orca, Eagles, Glaciers, Fjords

WHERE TO STAY: Small Ship. We used Lindblad Expeditions www.expeditions.com We were on the Sea Lion with about 65 passengers. Note: one of the expeditions is a Photo Expedition.

BEST TIME TO GO: May to Early September. We went mid July

The Sea Lion in Tracy Arm Fjord from zodiac- South Sawyer Glacier:
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A Black Bear taken from the ship:
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A hike in the wilderness:
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Orca from the ship D-100 270mm:
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DETAILS: Our first trip with Lindblad Expeditions was to Alaska in 1990, we did it again in 2004. They operate two small ships with about 60+ passengers on a one week trip from Juneau to Sitka (or reverse). These small ships can go places that the large cruise ships can't. Except for the one day spent in Glacier Bay National Park, you are usually off the ship for a walk/hike/zodiac cruise twice a day. Often in a little town or on trails in the wilderness forest. You can't drive to these places since there are no connecting roads. Lindblad has very good naturalist / guides usually 4 on these ships. One for birds, one for animals, one for plants and a geologist. The ship cabins are fairly compact but comfortable.
More of our photos at http://bob-nan.smugmug.com/gallery/344909

email us if you have questions,
Bob & Nan
 

PGB

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I have been reading their ads in Outdoor Photographer. I really want to go to Galapagos. Its rather expensive though, I'll have to save up!

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Hi Patrick,

We have traveled with Lindblad "teens" of times. Their trips and people are consistently exceptional. While the costs are a bit high, almost everything is included. Once over the initial hump (Cruise + Airfare) there is little more to spend except for a bar bill and tip to the crew and incidentals at the ship store (postcard, tshirt, etc).
There are no casinos, floor shows, formal nights, or bands. Mother Nature provides the entertainment. We also find that the other passengers are some of the most interesting people we have ever met. (at least until the Merritt Island shoot).
For us it is just what we want!
Bob & Nan
 
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