National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest cruise ship
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Cruise line
Lindblad Expeditions

Current cruise:
7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
15 Jul, 2018 - 23 Jul, 2018

National Geographic Quest Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Quest

Year built2017  /  Age : 1
Flag state USA
BuilderNichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Whidbey Island WA)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 55 million
OwnerLindblad Expeditions
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)73 m / 240 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage2906 gt
Passengers50 - 100
Crew35
Decks4
Cabins50
Decks with cabins3
Sister-shipsNational Geographic Venture
Christened bytba

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).

History - construction & ownership

The 1,800-ton, 100-passenger National Geographic Quest is a polar expedition vessel with an ice-strengthened hull, fully-stabilized and with relatively shallow draft (9 ft / 2,7 m) which allows safe navigation regardless the itinerary region. This is also the first expedition cruise ship built entirely in the USA.

Lindblad National Geographic Quest cruise ship

Constructed at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Lindblad Quest is the company's 3rd larger expedition ship. This new fleet of 3 same-design vessels is by the same shipbuilder as Lindblad's long-serving 62-passenger ships Sea Lion and Sea Bird. In comparison, the newbuilds have an extra deck, modern design, new stateroom categories, new facilities and expanded amenities (including mudroom with rows of lockers, snorkeling equipment and other gear). The ship's ROV (remote operated vehicle) can dive up to 1000 ft / 305 m depths.

The National Geographic Quest ship is owned and operated by Lindblad Expeditions in cooperation with the National Geographic Society (aka NatGeo - an US non-profit institution for science and education). 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 Alaskan cruises and coastal Pacific Northwest voyages to ports in USA and Canada (British Columbia) during summer. During winter, the ship operates on cruises to Baja California, Sea of Cortez, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala.

In the Pacific North America, the ship cruises to Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia, also visiting San Juan Islands (USA) and Gulf Islands (Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and mainland Canada). The Alaskan cruise program includes itineraries with departures from Seattle WA and Vancouver BC.

Cabins

National Geographic Quest has 4 passenger decks with all 50 staterooms. Of all cabins, 22 are with small private balconies (with floor-ceiling sliding doors) and 12 cabins (6 pairs) are connecting (via internal doorway access) allowing families to combine 2 adjacent rooms. All category 5 suites accommodate a 3rd person on convertible sofabed.

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 sea expeditions, the Lindblad Quest ship carries wet suits, snorkeling gear, underwater cameras, hydrophone, a glass-bottom boat, 24 seakayaks, paddle boards, a fleet of Mark V Zodiacs and even a video microscope. The ship is also equipped with a bow-cam for bow deployment to listen and record marine animals, for example, humpback whale vocalizations and dolphins.  Every voyage is accompanied by a full-time doctor, photo instructor, video chronicler, wellness and undersea specialists. Internet access is available shipwide.

Lindblad National Geographic Quest cruise ship

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.

National Geographic Quest wiki

  • The ship's Inaugural Alaskan season included several 7-day themed "Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness" cruises (departures on Saturdays) between July 8 and August 26, 2017. After Alaska, the ship operated in the Pacific Northwest on itineraries between Seattle WA and Vancouver BC.
  • In December 2017, NatGeo Quest was repositioned for cruises in Costa Rica and Panama. Since February 2018, the ship started new set of itineraries visiting ports in Belize and Guatemala.

Inaugural itineraries 2017

The ship's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) was scheduled for June 26, 2017 - a 13-day Alaskan itinerary (themed "Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia"). The ship was supposed to spend a day in San Juan Islands (located between mainland USA and Vancouver Island / BC Canada) and another day in Gulf Islands (located in Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and mainland Canada) before heading north to Alaska. Early booking cruise rates started from USD 9,390 per person (double-occupancy category 1 cabin rates).

However, due to a launch accident, the maiden voyage and the following 2 cruises were cancelled. The vessel was grounded during its launch at Nichols Brothers shipbuilding yard (Freeland, Whidbey Island, Washington). Lindblad's official statement was that the vessel slid off the launch ramp improperly, resulting in damaged propeller and rudder, and needing drydock for full repairs.

The cancelled departure dates were June 26 (inaugural), July 8 and July 15. Passengers booked on the maiden voyage were notified and offered an alternative switch to another date (with 50% reduction on the cost of the rescheduled cruise) or the option to cancel the booking (with full refund, plus USD 2,000 pp onboard credit towards future cruise). The following tables show the 3 cancelled itineraries.

12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka (prices from USD 10840 pp)

27 JunDeparting from Seattle, Washington
28 JunFriday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
29 JunAt Sea (Gulf Islands)
30 JunAlert Bay, Cormorant Island, BC Canada
01 JulInside Passage, Alaska
02 JulInside Passage, Alaska
03 JulMisty Fjords, Alaska
04 JulPetersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska
05 JulTracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
06 JulGlacier Bay, Alaska
07 JulIcy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska
08 JulChichagof Island, Alaska
09 JulArriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska

7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle (prices from USD 7600 pp)

09 JulDeparting from Sitka (flight)
09 JulDeparting from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
10 JulAdmiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)
11 JulChichagof Island, Alaska
12 JulGlacier Bay, Alaska
13 JulFrederick Sound, Alaska
13 JulChatham Strait, Alaska
14 JulPetersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska
15 JulTracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
16 JulJuneau, Alaska
16 JulArriving in Seattle (flight)

7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka (prices from USD 7600 pp)

16 JulDeparting from Seattle (flight)
16 JulDeparting from Juneau, Alaska
17 JulTracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
18 JulPetersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska
19 JulFrederick Sound, Alaska
19 JulChatham Strait, Alaska
20 JulGlacier Bay, Alaska
21 JulChichagof Island, Alaska
22 JulAdmiralty Island, Alaska (Exploring)
23 JulSitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
23 JulArriving in Sitka (flight)

Nat Geo Quest officially started operations with the inaugural cruise on July 29, 2017 (Saturday departure from Juneau AK). The 8-day voyage (themed "Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness") was part of the ship's Southeast Alaska program (through August 26, 2017). Following the Alaskan season, the boat started Pacific Northwest itineraries between Seattle WA and Vancouver BC, visiting San Juan Islands (Washington. USA), Alert Bay (Cormorant Island, BC Canada), Victoria BC.

Photos of National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest Itineraries 2018

The below listed National Geographic Quest cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Lindblad Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Sitka cruise port

24 June 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
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Prices starting
from $7604
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24 Jun      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska(flight)   
24 Jun      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
26 Jun     Admiralty Island, Alaska(Exploring)   
27 Jun     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
28 Jun     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
29 Jun     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
29 Jun     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
30 Jun     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
01 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
02 Jul     Juneau, Alaska   
02 Jul      Arriving in Seattle, Washington(flight)   

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Seattle cruise port

01 July 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
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Prices starting
from $7604
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01 Jul      Departing from Seattle, Washington(flight)   
01 Jul      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
03 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
04 Jul     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
05 Jul     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
05 Jul     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
06 Jul     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
07 Jul     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
08 Jul     Admiralty Island, Alaska(Exploring)   
09 Jul     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
09 Jul      Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska(flight)   

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Sitka cruise port

08 July 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
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Prices starting
from $7604
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08 Jul      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska(flight)   
08 Jul      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
10 Jul     Admiralty Island, Alaska(Exploring)   
11 Jul     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
12 Jul     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
13 Jul     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
13 Jul     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
14 Jul     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
15 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
16 Jul     Juneau, Alaska   
16 Jul      Arriving in Seattle, Washington(flight)   

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Seattle cruise port

15 July 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
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Prices starting
from $7604
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15 Jul      Departing from Seattle, Washington(flight)   
15 Jul      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
17 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
18 Jul     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
19 Jul     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
19 Jul     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
20 Jul     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
21 Jul     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
22 Jul     Admiralty Island, Alaska(Exploring)   
23 Jul     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
23 Jul      Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska(flight)   

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Sitka cruise port

22 July 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
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Prices starting
from $7604
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22 Jul      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska(flight)   
22 Jul      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
24 Jul     Admiralty Island, Alaska(Exploring)   
25 Jul     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
26 Jul     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
27 Jul     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
27 Jul     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
28 Jul     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
29 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
30 Jul     Juneau, Alaska   
30 Jul      Arriving in Seattle, Washington(flight)   

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Seattle cruise port

29 July 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
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Prices starting
from $7604
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29 Jul      Departing from Seattle, Washington(flight)   
29 Jul      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
31 Jul     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
01 Aug     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
02 Aug     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
02 Aug     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
03 Aug     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
04 Aug     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
05 Aug     Admiralty Island, Alaska(Exploring)   
06 Aug     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
06 Aug      Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska(flight)   

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Sitka cruise port

05 August 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
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Prices starting
from $7604
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05 Aug      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska(flight)   
05 Aug      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
07 Aug     Admiralty Island, Alaska(Exploring)   
08 Aug     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
09 Aug     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
10 Aug     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
10 Aug     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
11 Aug     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
12 Aug     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
13 Aug     Juneau, Alaska   
13 Aug      Arriving in Seattle, Washington(flight)   

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Seattle cruise port

12 August 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
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Prices starting
from $7604
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12 Aug      Departing from Seattle, Washington(flight)   
12 Aug      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
14 Aug     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
15 Aug     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
16 Aug     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
16 Aug     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
17 Aug     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
18 Aug     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
19 Aug     Admiralty Island, Alaska(Exploring)   
20 Aug     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
20 Aug      Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska(flight)   

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Sitka cruise port

19 August 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
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Prices starting
from $7604
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19 Aug      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska(flight)   
19 Aug      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
21 Aug     Admiralty Island, Alaska(Exploring)   
22 Aug     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
23 Aug     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
24 Aug     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
24 Aug     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
25 Aug     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
26 Aug     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
27 Aug     Juneau, Alaska   
27 Aug      Arriving in Seattle, Washington(flight)   

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Seattle cruise port

26 August 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka
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Prices starting
from $7604
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26 Aug      Departing from Seattle, Washington(flight)   
26 Aug      Departing from Juneau, Alaska   
28 Aug     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
29 Aug     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
30 Aug     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
30 Aug     Chatham Strait, Alaska   
31 Aug     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
01 Sep     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
02 Sep     Admiralty Island, Alaska(Exploring)   
03 Sep     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
03 Sep      Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska(flight)   

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Sitka cruise port

02 September 201812 nights / 13 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle
Prices starting
from $11528
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02 Sep      Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
04 Sep     Chichagof Island, Alaska   
05 Sep     Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska   
06 Sep     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
07 Sep     Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska   
08 Sep     Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska   
09 Sep     Misty Fjords, Alaska   
10 Sep     Inside Passage, Alaska   
11 Sep     Inside Passage, Alaska   
12 Sep     Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, BC Canada   
13 Sep     At Sea (Gulf Islands)   
14 Sep     Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington   
15 Sep      Arriving in Seattle, Washington   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

17 September 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
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Prices starting
from $5643
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17 Sep      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA   
19 Sep     Astoria, Oregon   
20 Sep     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
21 Sep     The Dalles, Oregon   
22 Sep     Snake River, Washington USA   
23 Sep     Clarkston, Washington   
24 Sep     Clarkston, Washington   
24 Sep      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

17 September 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
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Prices starting
from $5643
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17 Sep      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA   
19 Sep     Astoria, Oregon   
20 Sep     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
21 Sep     The Dalles, Oregon   
22 Sep     Snake River, Washington USA   
23 Sep     Clarkston, Washington   
24 Sep     Clarkston, Washington   
24 Sep      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

23 September 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
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Prices starting
from $5643
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23 Sep      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA   
25 Sep     Astoria, Oregon   
26 Sep     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
27 Sep     The Dalles, Oregon   
28 Sep     Snake River, Washington USA   
29 Sep     Clarkston, Washington   
30 Sep     Clarkston, Washington   
30 Sep      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

23 September 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
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Prices starting
from $5643
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23 Sep      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   
23 Sep      Departing from Clarkston, Washington   
25 Sep     Clarkston, Washington   
26 Sep     Snake River, Washington USA   
27 Sep     The Dalles, Oregon   
28 Sep     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
29 Sep     Astoria, Oregon   
30 Sep      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

29 September 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
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Prices starting
from $5643
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29 Sep      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA   
01 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
02 Oct     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
03 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
04 Oct     Snake River, Washington USA   
05 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
06 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
06 Oct      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

29 September 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $5643
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29 Sep      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA   
01 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
02 Oct     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
03 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
04 Oct     Snake River, Washington USA   
05 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
06 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
06 Oct      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

05 October 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
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Prices starting
from $5643
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05 Oct      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA   
07 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
08 Oct     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
09 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
10 Oct     Snake River, Washington USA   
11 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
12 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
12 Oct      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

05 October 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
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Prices starting
from $5643
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05 Oct      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   
05 Oct      Departing from Clarkston, Washington   
07 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
08 Oct     Snake River, Washington USA   
09 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
10 Oct     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
11 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
12 Oct      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

11 October 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
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Prices starting
from $5643
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11 Oct      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA   
13 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
14 Oct     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
15 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
16 Oct     Snake River, Washington USA   
17 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
18 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
18 Oct      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

11 October 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $5643
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11 Oct      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA   
13 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
14 Oct     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
15 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
16 Oct     Snake River, Washington USA   
17 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
18 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
18 Oct      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   

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Portland Oregon cruise port

17 October 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Harvests, History & Landscapes
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $5643
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17 Oct      Departing from Portland Oregon, USA(flight)   
17 Oct      Departing from Clarkston, Washington   
19 Oct     Clarkston, Washington   
20 Oct     Snake River, Washington USA   
21 Oct     The Dalles, Oregon   
22 Oct     Columbia River, Oregon-Washington USA   
23 Oct     Astoria, Oregon   
24 Oct      Arriving in Portland Oregon, USA   

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