National Geographic Venture


Cruise line
Lindblad Expeditions

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National Geographic Venture Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Venture

Builder Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, WA
Year built 2018
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 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). Constructed at Washington' Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, NatGeo Venture 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 Venture cruise ship

History - construction & ownership

The 1,800-ton, 100-passenger National Geographic Venture 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 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 will then head north through Alaska and British Columbia, and afterwards sail 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 & British Columbia”. 


National Geographic Venture 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 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, 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 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.

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