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National Geographic Venture Review

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Wonderful staff, ship, and adventure for photographers, families, and others

Review for National Geographic Venture to Alaska
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dusty4321
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jul 2019
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Humpback whale, 50 feet long, breaching, Morris Reef in Chatham Strait, fro
Waterpainting with glacial ice water
South Sawyer drops a big blue iceberg

My wife and I in our 70s, moderately fit, had a terrific time on this new ship. This adventure expedition fully met my expectations from advertising and reviews. Venture was nearly brand new and well designed for conveniently and safely getting us off the ship in zodiacs and small groups nearly every day. The food was tasty and plentiful, always with healthy options. Hotel service was excellent.

The other 93 guests were all agreeable fellow adventurers. They included some grandparents, parents, and grandkids. The staff devoted lots of thought and attention to keeping-safe, educating, and amusing the kids, who bonded with new friends and eventually ate meals together.

Expedition leader Sheri Bluestein and Captain Johnson did a great job. She announced her "Plan A" for the next day every evening, making the point that they would adapt plans as nature required and opportunities presented themselves. This happened several times and I had no complaints. We got to hike in near-wilderness conditions, to observe wildlife fairly closely. They turned the ship around and followed humpbacks backwards for an hour one evening to give us another look. Each excursion offered activities ranging from mild to strenuous.

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I chose the least expensive cabin and its quality was excellent. Plenty of storage space and the private shower was even more spacious than in some hotels. I arranged special sleeping accommodation in advance and the staff took care of this as well. I don't pay for a cruise to spend my time in the cabin. For looking outside, I much preferred to go on deck or watch from the inside lounge on the bow or the dining room on the stern.

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