Arrive into Boston and transfer to the National Geographic Sea Lion.
2Provincetown / Cape Cod National Seashore
Overnight, National Geo Sea Lion has sailed out of Boston of Boston Harbor and arrived at the tip of Cape Cod: Provincetown. Choose to tour the many galleries in town, featuring the thriving community of local artists, or opt to explore the Cape Cod National Seashore further south. Learn the history of the Cape when on a visit to the Wellfleet & Eastham communities, where we'll tour the Three Sisters lighthouses and the beautifully restored Atwood Higgins House.
3Stellwagen Bank / Isles of Shoals
As we make our way north towards the New Hampshire/Maine border, we sail through some of the world's richest cetacean waters with the possibility at this time of year of watching finback, minke and pilot whales. With luck, we may encounter seabirds including Leach's storm petrels and Manx or great shearwaters. This afternoon, we arrive at Isles of Shoals, a photographer's dream!
4Monhegan, ME / Eastern Egg Rock
Meaning "out to sea island" in the Algonquin language, Monhegan is a special place, rich with history, as the island often fell in dispute between warring European countries. At times it was completely abandoned, but at other times, the island was utilized as a British fishing camp and later an artist's colony beginning in the late 19th century. Today, watched over by the Monhegan Island Lighthouse, this remote outpost has a full time population of 70 residents. The Sea Bird will then set it sights on Eastern Egg Rock.
Labyrinthine Penobscot Bay beckons adventures, and today we heed the call, exploring the many coves and islets by Zodiac and, conditions permitting, by paddleboard or kayak. These coves are home to numerous interesting invertebrate species, including mussels, barnacles, sea urchins, and sea anemones.
Spend the day winding in and out of the many islands that bedeck the Maine Coastline. We will put kayaks and paddleboards in the water, explore the ins and outs of the shoreline by Zodiac, and enjoy the lure of the rugged island vistas. This afternoon we will meet up with a local lobsterman and learn about his way of life. In the evening, we enjoy a traditional Maine lobster boil on the beach.
7Schoodic Peninsula / Acadia National Park
A day of exploration awaits us a our adventure continues up the coast to the Schoodick Peninsula, located in Acadia National Park. Today, traversing this less traveled point of land will bring us into beautiful spruce forests and along rocky inlets fed by small creeks. The day is wide open and we go where our whim takes us.
8Portland, ME- Disembark
This morning, National Geo Sea Lion arrives in Portland where we disembark.