Lindblad Expeditions became the latest line to move a ship into U.S. waters this year, with the 100-passengers National Geographic Venture removing Canada from its Pacific Northwest itineraries in October.
Lindblad revised what had been the ship's British Columbia and San Juan Islands sailings to now include the U.S. areas of the Salish Sea. The ship will explore the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands in northern Washington State.
Three 7-day expeditions will operate roundtrip from Seattle, departing on Oct. 2, 9 and 16. The line is touting the sailings as "offering powerful wildness close to home."
The Venture is one of several cruise ships that has changed its itinerary to be more U.S.-focused or leave from a U.S. port. When the Seabourn Ovation launches cruises from Miami in November, it will mark the ship's first time touching a U.S. port and sailing the Caribbean.
Crystal Expedition Cruises recently added a U.S. sailing this fall for its first ship, the Crystal Endeavor, which will offer a nine-day Caribbean sailing from Miami on Oct. 25. Crystal called it a rare opportunity for U.S. travelers to embark the 200-passenger ship from a close-to-home port during its inaugural season.
And SeaDream is calling the chance to board one of its ships in Palm Beach this winter "a rare SeaDream opportunity," saying it has been "many years since SeaDream has called on a port in Florida."