National Geographic Quest accidents and incidents
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- ship grounding - 2017 (during the launch at the shipbuilding yard Nichols Brothers Boat Builders)
|13 June 2017||Ship 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)
7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle (prices from USD 7600 pp)
7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka (prices from USD 7600 pp)
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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