National Geographic Quest


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Lindblad Expeditions

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National Geographic Quest Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Quest

Year built 2017  /  Age : 0
Builder Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, WA
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Building cost USD 55 million
Owner Lindblad Expeditions
Operator National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions
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).

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 Washington' 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 cruise 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 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. 

The first voyage of the new ship will be a 13-day “Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia.” The expedition will give National Geographic Quest a day in San Juan Islands and a day in Gulf Islands prior to heading north via British Columbia and Alaska. 

National Geographic Quest will then sail on the “Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness” voyage (Saturday to Saturday schedule) from July 8 through Aug 26, 2017. After the Alaska season, the expedition ship will remain in the Pacific Northwest for new voyages between Seattle and Vancouver. Beginning December 2017, Nat Geo Quest will reposition and operate cruises in Costa Rica and Panama prior to kicking off a series of new sailings in Belize and Guatemala from February 2018.


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.

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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  • The ship's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) was on June 26, 2017. This was a 13-day Alaskan itinerary themed "Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia". The ship spent 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).
  • 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 repositioned for cruises in Costa Rica and Panama. Since February 2018, the ship started new set of itineraries visiting ports in Belize and Guatemala.

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