National Geographic Venture


Cruise line
Lindblad Expeditions

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National Geographic Venture Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Venture

Year built 2018 new ship
Builder Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Whidbey Island WA)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Building cost USD 55 million
Owner Lindblad Expeditions
Operator Lindblad National Geographic Cruises
Speed 12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA) 73 m / 240 ft
Beam (width) 14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage 2906 gt
Passengers 50 - 100
Crew 35
Decks 4
Cabins 50
Decks with cabins 3
Sister-ships National Geographic Quest
Christened by tba

Review of National Geographic Venture

National Geographic Venture is one of the new Lindblad-National Geographic cruise vessels, together with the sister-ship National Geographic Quest (launched in 2017).

History - construction & ownership

The 1,800-ton, 100-passenger National Geographic Venture is an 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.

Lindblad National Geographic Venture cruise ship

Constructed at Washington' Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, NatGeo Venture is Lindblad fleet's 3rd larger vessel. This new fleet of 3 same-design ships is by the same shipbuilder as Lindblad's long-serving 62-passenger ships 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). The ship's ROV (remote operated vehicle) can dive up to 1000 ft / 305 m sea depths.

The National Geographic Venture 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 Venture itinerary program is based on an inaugural 14-day expedition cruise starting June 24, 2018 named “Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia.” The ship then heads north through Alaska and British Columbia, and afterwards sails an 8-day “Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness” for 8 departures, plus another “Treasures of the Inside Passage” scheduled for September, followed by 6 eight-day departures “San Juan Islands and British Columbia”. 


National Geographic Venture has 4 passenger decks and 50 cabins. Of all cabins, 22 staterooms feature small private verandas (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 Venture 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 Venture carries wet suits, snorkeling gear, underwater cameras, a glass-bottom boat, 24 seakayaks, paddle boards, 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.

Lindblad National Geographic Venture cruise ship

Nat Geo Venture 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.

Photos of National Geographic Venture