National Geographic Venture Review and Specifications
Specifications of National Geographic Venture
|Year built||2018 new ship|
|Builder||Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Seattle WA)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Building cost||USD 55 million|
|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|
|Decks with cabins||3|
Review of National Geographic Venture
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.
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.
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.