National Geographic Experts


A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Ralph Lee Hopkins

Ralph Lee Hopkins is a popular photo instructor and geologist who also serves as an expedition leader aboard the National Geographic fleet. He served as a photographer on the historic Arctic Expedition for Climate Action in July 2008 and has traveled beyond both the Arctic and the Antarctic Circles many times during the past two decades. His wildlife images have appeared in National Geographic's books, magazines, and online galleries, and are represented in the National Geographic Image Collection.

Departure Dates
  • Jan 10 - 20, 2018

Christopher Baker
Author, Photographer

The Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year,' photographer and writer Christopher Baker is one of the world's foremost authorities on Costa Rica and Cuba. He has authored guidebooks to Costa Rica, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Panama in the National Geographic Traveler series. He is also the author of the award-winning Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba, published by National Geographic Adventure Press. His more than 20 other books include the coffee table book Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles. He has written for more than 200 publications, from National Geographic Traveler to Newsweek, and has been an invited speaker at National Geographic headquarters, the National Press Club, and the World Affairs Council, among other prestigious organizations. Christopher has been profiled in USA Today and featured on the National Geographic Channel, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and dozens of other radio and TV outlets. He is currently partnering with actor/director David Soul to produce a documentary about the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s recently rediscovered 1955 Chrysler New Yorker in Cuba.

Departure Dates
  • Feb 07 - 17, 2018

Kike Calvo
Photographer, Author

Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo specializes in culture and environment. A frequent visitor to Cuba, he has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Cuba is one of the featured destinations in his iconic photographic project World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, the New York Times, Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, as well as other publications. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions such as the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic's Voices blog. Kike is also pioneering in using Small Unmanned Aerial Systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation, So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones, Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike´s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe.

Departure Dates
  • Feb 28 - Mar 10, 2018