We chose this cruise because we had heard about it from many previous guests on this trip and because we really wanted to see whales in Baja. After taking this trip, we now understand why people love it and why they return year after year.
We have traveled with National Geographic/Lindblad several times in the past, so we knew that this would be a good trip. As is our experience, the captain was terrific and led a trip that was safe and interesting and enjoyable. He invited guests to join him on the bridge to see the journey from his perspective and to have a chance, that is a hallmark of the Lindblad experience, to watch the captain and the crew as they maneuvered the ship to each interesting destination - or simply stopped to allow us all to be quietly and respectfully up close to the wildlife we came to see.
The naturalists, who must be among the best in the industry, gave lectures on the history and the culture of the destinations we visited and helped us learn about the flora and fauna we were so lucky to see. They were with us on our outings or on the bow of the ship to answer any and all questions that arose. National Geographic/Lindblad does a great job of bringing the most knowledgeable people on board who are familiar with the areas they visit - to help those of us who want to learn all that we can while we are traveling to these special destinations.
The ship is relatively small, but small seems perfect for this destination. The rooms are small, but most people don't spend much time in their room, so it doesn't matter very much. Air conditioning seems to be an issue for many people. The A/C seems to be either on or off - no temperature control. The rooms on the 100 and on the 200 deck have windows that open, which is very helpful.
There are three exercise machines on the open deck that get well-used. There is also an excellent wellness specialist on board who offers stretching classes each morning on the open deck.
The food is good. The dining room is big enough to seat everyone in one seating.
The staff is knowledgeable and welcoming and helpful and enthusiastic.
There are many activities to participate in. There is hiking, cruising in the DIB boats, kayaking, paddle-boarding. There are many lectures and slide shows given by the naturalists to educate those who are interested in what is seen.
There are always photography professionals on board to help guests learn about their cameras or to learn how to take even better pictures.
In summary, this is a wonderful trip to take. What you might see is not guaranteed, but it is certain (in my opinion) that you will have an adventure you will not soon forget.
While all rooms on this ship are small, this room is a bit bigger and has a desk with two chairs, which made all the difference for us. Room 105 is also this big, but it has the disadvantage of being next to the stairwell, which I would recommend that you might avoid if noise is an issue. The door to the stairwell closes right next to the room and also slides open in front of the desk window, which might be annoying.