Pacific Northwest

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning Your Trip

  • When do you travel to the Pacific Northwest?
  • Can I bring my children or grandchildren to the Pacific Northwest?
  • What are requirements of minors under the age of 18 traveling with one parent/or legal guardian?
  • Do I need a valid passport?
  • Is a visa necessary?
  • What is the temperature like?
  • What is included in my trip cost?
  • What is the difference between photo expeditions and other expeditions?
  • Is there a time difference in the Pacific Northwest?
  • Are group transfers included to and from the ship?
  • Are there pre/post tours with this trip?

Packing And Preparation

  • Will I get seasick? Will I need Dramamine or seasickness patches?
  • Do I need any vaccinations? Is a medical form necessary?
  • How much cash should we bring per person?
  • What kind of clothes do I need?
  • What footwear is a necessity in the Pacific Northwest?

Life Aboard

  • What are the ships’ amenities?
  • What are the cabin amenities?
  • What is the food like aboard the National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture?
  • Do I need to dress up for dinner?
  • Are snacks available during the day and in between meals?
  • Is alcohol available on the boat and on shore?
  • Is there a gym or fitness center on board?
  • Is there a spa? What kind of treatments?
  • Does the ship have a pool?
  • Can my family and friends contact me in case of emergency at home?
  • Will I be able to access the internet while on board?
  • Is there a medical professional on board?
  • How will I pay my bill for personal items on board?
  • When does the ship travel from location to location?
  • Will there be talks or presentations on board?


  • How will I explore the Pacific Northwest?
  • Are there landing craft and kayaks available on board for exploration in remote areas? If so, how many? And how often are they used on each voyage?
  • Lindblad Expeditions often refers to the value of flexible schedules. What does this mean to me?
  • Is this expedition physically challenging? Is the terrain difficult?
  • Are there short and long hikes?
  • Would hiking sticks be helpful or just get in the way? Are they even permitted?
  • What activities are included or can be done on our own while on the voyage?
  • What is a wet landing?
  • What is a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor?

Expedition Team

What can you tell me about the expedition staff on board?