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Independent Traveler Editor Sarah Schlichter readily admits she’s a core member of the “independent traveler” tribe, but she confesses, there are times when the best way to see a place is from a ship. One of those spots is Alaska, where she is traveling this week aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion.

Schlichter is chronicling her adventures daily — and by that we don’t mean the usual cruise-like forays into Diamonds International stores during visits to ports of call — over on Facebook, but we thought we’d also share a few tidbits on the blog.

Tell us, whether you’re a cruise fan or not: What places in the world are actually better seen from cruise ships than from land trips?

boot-sucking mud

Boot-sucking mud and a breath-taking view in Alaska. The ship in the distance is the National Geographic Sea Lion.

kelp bay

Kayaking in Kelp Bay, Alaska, was one of three morning activities offered.

humpback whale

Every humpback whale has a unique pattern on its tail. This is one of at least a dozen we spotted during one day in Alaska aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion.

Cruising for Independent Travelers

— written by Carolyn Spencer Brown

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