National Geographic Quest


Cruise line
Lindblad Expeditions

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National Geographic Quest Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Quest

Builder Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, WA
Year built 2017
Speed 12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA) 72 m / 236 ft
Beam (width) 14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage 1800 gt
Passengers 50 - 100
Crew 35
Decks 4
Cabins 50
Decks with cabins 3

Review of National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest is one of the new Lindblad-National Geographic cruise vessels, together with the sister-ship National Geographic Venture (launched in 2018). Constructed at Washington' Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, NatGeo Quest is the 3rd larger expedition ship. This new fleet of 3 same-design vessels is by the same shipbuilder as the company's long-serving, 62-guest Sea Lion and Sea Bird. In comparison, the newbuilds feature an extra deck, sophisticated design, new cabin grades, new facilities and amenities (including mudroom with rows of lockers, snorkeling equipment and other gear).

National Geographic Quest cruise ship

History - construction & ownership

The 1,800-ton, 100-passenger National Geographic Quest expedition cruise ship is fully stabilized which allows smooth passage from one island to another. This cozy vessel is equipped with exploration tools allowing for daily discoveries. The partnership that Nat Geo has with the Lindblad Expeditions line enables passengers to enjoy an expedition style small ship cruise vacation as active explorers. Lindblad cruise ships sail unique destinations to explore out-of-the-way inlets, making Zodiac landings and looking for wildlife.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Quest itinerary program is based on cruises tracing the coast of North America, and bringing travelers to British Columbia and Alaska during summer, heading south during winter to navigate the Sea of Cortez and Baja California, as well as Panama and Costa Rica. 


National Geographic Quest has 4 passenger decks and 50 cabins. 22 of the staterooms feature small private verandas with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors bringing in ample natural light. 12 cabins connect via internal doorway access which allowing families to combine the rooms. All category 5 suite cabins accommodate a 3rd person on convertible sofa bed.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Nat Geo Quest has one Main Dining Room which offers single seating with unassigned tables. Food served aboard is local, fresh and sustainably sourced when possible. When weather conditions allow, light fare is served outside on ship's observation deck. The captain and officers welcome passengers to the bridge in accordance with line's “Open Bridge” policy.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Ideally suited for expeditions, the National Geographic Quest carries wet suits, snorkeling gear, underwater cameras, a glass-bottom boat, kayaks, a fleet of Mark V Zodiacs and even a video microscope displaying microorganisms from polar waters. Every voyage is accompanied by a full-time doctor, photo instructor, video chronicler, wellness and undersea specialists. Internet access is available shipwide.

Nat Geo Quest public areas include an intimate covered deck with chairs, tables and hammocks; a fitness center; spa; global gallery; library; doctor’s office; lounge with bar and facilities for slide shows, presentations and films.

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