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Big Picture Alaska

Embark on an immersive, wide-ranging photo expedition that focuses entirely on Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. You’ll experience the perfect mix of small-town life and the grand expanse of the wild landscape that surrounds it. Capture it all with the help of our National Geographic photo expedition team.

Benefit from a top photo team
Sailing with you aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird will be a team of top photographers to ensure you go home with top shots. Whether you’re new to photography or a published pro eager to add Alaska to your portfolio, you’ll find our expedition team is adept at curating photo ops with outings timed to take advantage of morning and evening light and insights into wildlife movements that will help you create dynamic shots.

Ample time to discover Alaska’s iconic wildlife
More time in the region means more chances for encounters with wildlife. This expedition spans the lower and upper reaches of Alaska’s inside passage, with more time for kayaking, hiking, and cruising among the iconic wildlife and ice of the region.

Get a slice of Alaskan life in Haines
This voyage will take full advantage of all that Haines Alaska, the state’s “Adventure Capital,” has to offer. Head out on active excursions, get to know the small town’s arts community and, since we’ll linger into the evening, be sure to stop at local lively bar to hoist a pint or two of local craft ale

14 June, 2019 to 24 June, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Big Picture Alaska, departing on 14 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6409 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 9619 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 11219 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
24 June, 2019 to 04 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Big Picture Alaska, departing on 24 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6409 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 9619 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 11219 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
24 June, 2019 to 04 July, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Big Picture Alaska, departing on 24 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6409 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 9619 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 11219 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
24 July, 2019 to 03 August, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Big Picture Alaska, departing on 24 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6409 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 9619 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 11219 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
03 August, 2019 to 13 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Big Picture Alaska, departing on 03 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6409 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 9619 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 11219 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
03 August, 2019 to 13 August, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for Big Picture Alaska, departing on 03 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6409 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 9619 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 11219 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
06 June, 2020 to 16 June, 2020 (reverse) Make a booking request for Big Picture Alaska, departing on 06 June, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6409 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 9619 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 11219 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
16 June, 2020 to 26 June, 2020 Make a booking request for Big Picture Alaska, departing on 16 June, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6409 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 9619 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 11219 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
16 July, 2020 to 26 July, 2020 (reverse) Make a booking request for Big Picture Alaska, departing on 16 July, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6409 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 9619 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 11219 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
26 July, 2020 to 05 August, 2020 Make a booking request for Big Picture Alaska, departing on 26 July, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6409 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8479 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 9619 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 11219 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo

Big Picture Alaska itinerary:

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DAY 1: Ketchikan
Arrive in Ketchikan, visit the Saxman Village and read the native history of Alaska etched in 25 totem poles. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird. (D)
DAY 2: Misty Fiords
Wake amid the glacially-carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument. Explore by expedition landing craft and kayak for a closer perspective. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: Behm Canal / Clarence Strait
Explore the verdant Tongass National Forest. Cruise through whale-rich channels in search of humpback whales. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Thomas Bay / Petersburg
Call at the quaint Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. See a unique muskeg ecosystem with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Explore by bike or, optional flightseeing. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Tracy Arm – Fords Terror Wilderness
Navigate the spectacular Tracy or Endicott Arm fjords to South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier, and, if conditions permit, venture closer in our expedition landing craft for unparalleled views. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: Haines
Explore Alaska’s “adventure capital” on a world class hike or bike ride along the edge of a glacial lake. Or raft the Chilkat River to a bald eagle preserve, and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a cultural interpretation. (B, L, D)
DAY 7: Lynn Canal
Hike and kayak where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea, in the shadow of snow-capped peaks and at the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: Glacier Bay National Park
We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins. A native Tlingit interpreter aboard shares the legends of the area. (B,L,D)
DAY 9: Icy Strait / Inian Islands
See an abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. (B,L,D)
DAY 10: Exploring Baranof or Chichagof Islands
Kayak, hike, and explore where conditions are best and wildlife most active. Cap off the day with the Captain’s farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 11: Sitka/Disembark
After breakfast, disembark to visit picturesque Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral then visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights home. (B)
Please Note:
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Big Picture Alaska reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
After breakfast, disembark to visit picturesque Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral then visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights home. (B)
Kayak, hike, and explore where conditions are best and wildlife most active. Cap off the day with the Captain’s farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
See an abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. (B,L,D)
We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins. A native Tlingit interpreter aboard shares the legends of the area. (B,L,D)
Hike and kayak where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea, in the shadow of snow-capped peaks and at the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage. (B,L,D)
Explore Alaska’s “adventure capital” on a world class hike or bike ride along the edge of a glacial lake. Or raft the Chilkat River to a bald eagle preserve, and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a cultural interpretation. (B, L, D)
Navigate the spectacular Tracy or Endicott Arm fjords to South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier, and, if conditions permit, venture closer in our expedition landing craft for unparalleled views. (B,L,D)
Call at the quaint Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. See a unique muskeg ecosystem with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Explore by bike or, optional flightseeing. (B,L,D)
Explore the verdant Tongass National Forest. Cruise through whale-rich channels in search of humpback whales. (B,L,D)
Wake amid the glacially-carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument. Explore by expedition landing craft and kayak for a closer perspective. (B,L,D)
Arrive in Ketchikan, visit the Saxman Village and read the native history of Alaska etched in 25 totem poles. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird. (D)
* = Indicative
Map for Big Picture Alaska
National Geographic SeaBird & SeaLion, the ship servicing Big Picture Alaska

National Geographic SeaBird & SeaLion

Vessel Type: Comfortable Expedition

Length: 52 metres

Passenger Capacity: 62 (in twin cabins)

Built: 1982 / 2002

Twin Expedition ships, National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet each can comfortably accommodate 62 guests. The feeling, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours.


Thanks to our sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with our naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time with us, our expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove.

Our seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.

Public Areas: Our ships feature a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.

Expedition Equipment: Bow Camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope and Zodiac landing craft.

Special Features: Guest internet access, Wellness Program. A Video Chronicler and a ship's doctor will be onboard all voyages.


Cabin layout for National Geographic SeaBird & SeaLion
• Raft though the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, which boasts the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world

• Explore Glacier Bay National Park, Misty Fiords National Monument, and search for humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds

• Kayak amid glacial ice, hike the Tongass National Forest and learn about the region’s rich Tlingit heritage
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