New York City to Cape Cod: Discovering Whales, Great White Sharks, & Seafaring History

Near large East Coast population centers and magical natural worlds where underdeveloped, under the radar islands serve as critical resting, nesting, and feeding grounds for migratory birds and mammals.  Explore remote archipelagos in three states that are refuges for thousands of gray seals.  The marine ecosystems are equally fascinating with eelgrass meadows, corals, sponges, and an underwater plateau that draws 17 species of whales, creating New England’s only national marine sanctuary.  We’ll explore seaside towns, lighthouses, and historic forts and get an insider’s look at leading scientific research stations and important conservation efforts.

Cruise Details

Clock8 Days & 7 Nights

Double Occupancy from $5,590 pp/do*

Single Occupancyfrom $8,390 pp

CalendarJune 25, 2023 | August 5, 2023 | August 12, 2023 | October 2, 2023

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*Per person/double occupancy. Special single rates apply where listed. Excludes port fees.
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Your Itinerary

    1New York City, NY
    Sail beneath the iconic Brooklyn Bridge on the way to Long Island Sound, where we'll discover little known archipelagos along the northern shores. Watch for birdlife while exploring the many islands of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, and encounter some of the world's largest common tern colonies on Great Gull Island. Go whale watching, and dive into local history in the charming towns and outlying islands of Cape Cod.

    2Cruising the Connecticut Shore Islands / Outer Island
    In the morning, we wake up amongst the many islands of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. In the morning, we launch our zodiacs for our first landing of our expedition. With nesting birds including ospreys, gray catbirds, and yellow warblers.

    3New London / Mystic Seaport / Great Gull Island
    Venturing a short way upriver, we arrive at New London where we disembark and explore the largest maritime museum in the world at Mystic Seaport. At Great Gull Island, our zodiacs take us close to nesting seabirds including common terns and the pink hued roseate terns. The largest breeding populations of these two species in the Western Hemisphere are here at Great Gull Island. At the island, we learn about the research projects lasting over 50 years.

    4Plum Island
    Today we will pick up a local conservation specialist from the Nature Conservancy who will be with us as we cruise around Plum Island. They'll speak with us about their ongoing efforts to save this 840-acre island from going on the auction block and being developed. The island is a haven for wildlife.

    5Penikese Island, MA / Woods Hole
    Today, we make the first of several stops in Massachusetts waters. The fascinating tales of little known Penikese Island, part of Elizabeth Island archipelago, come alive. As we dine on lunch onboard we make our way to Woods Hole, the quiet, Cape Cod town that is home to one of the leading marine laboratories in the world- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Here we are fortunate to take a behind the scenes tour of this top facility.

    6Monomoy Island National Wildlife Refuge / Chatham
    An extremely important stop for migratory shorebirds, Monomoy will be a hotbed of activity this time of year with numerous species. Off Chatham, we are joined by Atlantic White Shark Conservancy staff to learn about the apex predator's return to Cape Cod waters and to watch for great whites that frequent the area from June to October.

    7Provincetown / Stellwagen Bank
    Choose to tour the many galleries in town, with its thriving community of artists. OR opt to explore the Cape Cod National Seashore farther south.

    8Boston, MA / Disembark
    This morning, National Geographic Sea Lion sails into Boston, where we disembark and transfer to the airport for flights home.


Cabin Categories

Cabin Single Price Double Price
Category 1$8,640$5,760 pp
Category 2$9,850$6,570 pp
Category 3$7,370 pp

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New York City to Cape Cod: Discovering Whales, Great White Sharks, & Seafaring History

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