National Geographic Quest accidents and incidents

National Geographic Quest cruise ship


Length (LOA)
73 m / 240 ft

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  • ship grounding - 2017 (during the launch at the shipbuilding yard Nichols Brothers Boat Builders)

13 June 2017Ship Grounding

On June 13, 2017, the shipowner Lindblad Expeditions announced the cancellations of 3 inaugural voyages on the new vessel.

The ship's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) was scheduled for June 26, 2017. The 13-day Alaskan itinerary was themed "Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia". The boat was supposed to spend a day in the San Juan Islands (located between mainland USA and Vancouver Island / BC Canada) and another day in the 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 at the shipyard, the maiden voyage and the following 2 cruises were canceled. 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 that drydock was needed 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 Lindblad cruise). The following tables show the 3 cancelled itineraries.

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

Date / TimePort
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)

Date / TimePort
09 JulDeparting from Sitka (flight)
09 JulDeparting from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
10 JulAdmiralty Island, Alaska
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)

Date / TimePort
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
23 JulSitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
23 JulArriving in Sitka (flight)

The boat 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 cruise program (through August 26, 2017).

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