Lindblad Expeditions announced the name for the latest addition to its fleet. National Geographic Quest is being built in Seattle. The ship's first cruise will start on June 26, 2017.
The inaugural will be the 12-night “Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia” itinerary. The new vessel will feature 50 cabins, 22 with balconies, and eight that can be configured into four adjoining cabins for families. All Category 5 cabins can accommodate a third passenger. All public spaces are designed for maximum viewing. An outdoor walkway around the entire sun deck will feature an al fresco bar and grill, in addition to the restaurant and a lounge with bar.
Quest will feature a fleet of 24 sea kayaks, paddle boards, and a specially designed landing craft; a fully equipped fitness centre and a Wellness spa; Remotely Operated Vehicle, hydrophone, spashcam, underwater video camera, crow’s nest remote-controlled camera, video microscope and snorkelling gear for all guests.
The National Geographic Quest will operate on the popular “Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness” voyage on a Saturday to Saturday schedule as well as “Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia.”
Following the Alaska season, the ship will remain in the Pacific Northwest for a series of voyages between Seattle and Vancouver, with stops in the San Juan Islands, Victoria, Alert Bay, and more far reaching stops in British Columbia’s channels and fjords.
Beginning in December 2017, National Geographic Quest will reposition and operate voyages in Costa Rica and Panama before kicking off a series of new voyages in Belize and Guatemala starting in mid-February 2018.
Rates for the voyage, “Treasures of the Inside Passage” on-board NG Quest begin at AU$ 11,740 to AU$ 18,550.