Our first morning aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, we awoke to blue skies and bright sun. Guests slowly started to make their way to the bow, coffee/tea in hand, to take in the many waterfalls cascading down the towering walls inside the Tracy Arm Fjord. Established by Congress in 1980 as a protected wilderness area, the Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords average just one mile wide and offer a perfect opportunity to take in the grandeur of this vast wilderness.

We have a saying here at Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, and that is, “The best camera is the one you have on you.” Bryan Holliday, our onboard certified photography instructor, presented a smartphone photography workshop to help guests better document their ‘Wild Alaska Escape’.

As we left the narrow fjords and entered into the convergence zone of Stephen’s Passage, to our excitement we spotted several humpback whales. Including one very communicative whale that first showed us fin slaps then breached. Cameras in hand, everyone onboard was mesmerized by the sights and sounds of their first day voyaging through Southeast Alaska.