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National Geographic Sea Lion Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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WORST TRIP WE'VE EVER HAD - Not Recommended at all 89449925

National Geographic Sea Lion Cruise Review by Sybil123

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2016
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America

We have traveled all over the world and decided to take a quiet small Lindblad/Nat. Geo cruise for health reasons. We chose the Panama Canal and Costa Rica.

IT WAS BY FAR THE WORST TRIP WE'VE EVER HAD. The boat itself was not well maintained - dirt and rust spots all over (we were later told it was going to be replaced soon).

The first room we were assigned smelled so badly of mold and mildew we couldn't breathe and couldn't stay there, and threatened to leave the next day. It was unhealthy and sickening. They found us another room - it didn't smell but the bathroom smelled like sewage most of the day. They tried to tell us that this was simply "the ship's smell" - really?! It was awful.

They did not give us bottled water to drink, so we had to drink the highly chlorinated water from the sink. This was shocking to us as we always buy bottled water, whenever we travel, and would never chose to drink water that smells like chlorine.

Aside from all this, the stops were quite boring. Mostly uninhabited locations, which meant there was nothing to see, tho they were described as interesting and breathtaking.

The only positive thing I can say about this company is that they returned half of our money based on our complaints.

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