Lindblad Expeditions is giving adventurous cruisers the chance to explore the length of the U.S. East Coast on expedition-style itineraries this fall and next. The seven new itineraries are designed to explore ecologically and culturally diverse destinations up and down the East Coast.
Ranging from six to eight days, the sailings go as far north as Maine and as far south as Georgia. All take place aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion.
Exploring the Hudson River: Fall Colors, Conservation & Creativity: Set at the height of leaf-peeping season, this itinerary explores the Hudson Valley Heritage Area, part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve. Activities include kayaking in riverside wetlands, and visiting the Storm King Mountain Art Center and Sleepy Hollow. Departures: Oct 13, 27 and Nov. 3, 10, 2022; and Oct. 14, 2023.
Wild South Carolina Escape: Beaufort and the Barrier Islands: This itinerary takes guests to the barrier islands, tidal isles and wildlife refuges that run along South Carolina’s Low Country. Passengers can watch out for alligators and loggerhead turtles on St. Phillip’s Island or coast in a Zodiac along the shores of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge to view dolphins and seabirds. A visit to Beaufort is also included. Departures: Nov. 22, 2022; April 29 and May 4, 9, 14, 2023.
Exploring the Low Country: Cumberland Island to Charleston: Guests on this itinerary will encounter sea turtles, meet the Gullah-Geechee residents of Hog Hammock and explore Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah Georgia. Activities include naturalist talks and salt marsh and coastal lagoon kayaking. Passengers will meet researchers at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island and enjoy excellent spring birding throughout. Departures: April 8, 15, 22, 2023.
New York City to Cape Cod: Discovering Whales, Great White Sharks and Seafaring History: The explorations on this itinerary start on the Long Island Sound, where guests will discover little-known archipelagos, like the many islands of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, via kayak and Zodiac cruise. Wildlife is abundant, from tern colonies on Great Gull Island to the 17 species of whale that call New England waters home. Visit seaside towns, lighthouses, and historic forts, with an insider’s look at leading scientific research stations. Other highlights include visits to Mystic Seaport, the largest maritime museum in the world, and Plum and Penikese Islands. Departures: June 25, August 5, 12 and October 2, 2020.
Exploring Lobsters, Lighthouses and Hidden Inlets of Coastal Maine: Highlights of this itinerary include whale watching in the Stellwagen Bank Marine Reserve, a visit to the offshore seabird colony of Eastern Egg Rock, kayaking or Zodiac rides around rocky islets, and visits to the artist communities of Provincetown and Monhegan Island. Departures: July 2, 29, August 19, and September 25, 2023.
Wild Chesapeake Bay Escape: Waterways, Watermen and Wildlife: This itinerary takes in the remote coves and islands of America’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. Highlights include a visit to Smith and Tangier Islands to discover the unique culture and history of the bay’s watermen; and paddleboard, kayak and Zodiac rides throughout the region. Departures: May 30 and June 4, 9, 14, 19, 2023.
Wild Maine Escape: Exploring Downeast & Acadia National Park: The most northern of the U.S. itineraries, these sailings explore Maine’s wild and rugged coast. Highlights include a visit to the world’s first restored Atlantic puffin colony, a farm-to-table dinner on North Haven Island, and multi-day visits to Acadia National Park, including the secluded Schoodic Peninsula by kayak and hikes. Departures: July 9, 14, 19, 24 and August 26, 2023.
Travel advisors with clients looking to explore both U.S. coasts can offer 20% off any U.S. East Coast Expedition in 2022 or 2023 to clients who travel on any U.S. West Coast itinerary (Alaska, Pacific Northwest, or Channel Islands) in 2022.