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Specifications of National Geographic Quest
|Year built||2017 / Age: 4|
|Builder||Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Whidbey Island WA)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Building cost||USD 55 million|
|Owner||Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc|
|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|
|Sister-ships||National Geographic Venture|
National Geographic Quest Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Jul 03||7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau||Sitka||$7192|
|2021 Jul 10||7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka||Juneau||$7204|
|2021 Jul 17||7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau||Sitka||$7205|
|2021 Jul 31||7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau||Sitka||$7194|
|2021 Aug 07||7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka||Juneau||$7191|
|2021 Aug 14||7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau||Sitka||$7196|
|2021 Aug 21||7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka||Juneau||$7208|
|2021 Aug 28||7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau||Sitka||$7195|
|2021 Sep 04||7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka||Juneau||$7200|
|2021 Sep 11||13 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle||Sitka||$10428|
|2021 Oct 30||7 days, one-way from Panama City to Cartagena Colombia||Panama City||$5990|
|2021 Nov 06||7 days, one-way from Cartagena Colombia to Panama City||Cartagena Colombia||$5986|
|2021 Nov 13||7 days, one-way from Panama City to Cartagena Colombia||Panama City||$5990|
|2021 Nov 20||7 days, one-way from Cartagena Colombia to Panama City||Cartagena Colombia||$5987|
|2021 Nov 29||5 days, round-trip 12 Night Guanacastes Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks Monteverde Arenal and Tortuguero Cruise and Land Tour||Puntarenas||$8645|
|2021 Dec 04||5 days, round-trip 12 Night Guanacastes Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks Monteverde Arenal and Tortuguero Cruise and Land Tour||Puntarenas||$8659|
|2021 Dec 09||5 days, round-trip 12 Night Guanacastes Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks Monteverde Arenal and Tortuguero Cruise and Land Tour||Puntarenas||$8644|
|2021 Dec 14||Puntarenas||$8647|
|2021 Dec 19||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$7194|
|2021 Dec 26||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$11850|
|2022 Jan 02||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$6630|
|2022 Jan 09||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$11287|
|2022 Jan 16||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$6615|
|2022 Jan 23||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$11284|
|2022 Jan 30||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$6614|
|2022 Feb 06||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$11275|
|2022 Feb 13||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$6617|
|2022 Feb 20||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$11274|
|2022 Feb 27||Puntarenas||$8722|
|2022 Mar 04||5 days, round-trip 8 Night Monteverde and Guanacastes Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks Cruise and Land Tour||Puntarenas||$6055|
|2022 Mar 09||Puntarenas||$8720|
|2022 Oct 22||7 days, one-way from Panama City to Cartagena Colombia||Panama City||$6100|
|2022 Oct 29||7 days, one-way from Panama City to Cartagena Colombia||Panama City||$6120|
|2022 Nov 05||7 days, one-way from Panama City to Cartagena Colombia||Panama City||$6233|
|2022 Nov 12||7 days, one-way from Panama City to Cartagena Colombia||Panama City||$6114|
|2022 Nov 21||5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Costa Rica Escape Guanacastes Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks Cruise||Puntarenas||$4070|
|2022 Nov 26||5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Costa Rica Escape Guanacastes Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks Cruise||Puntarenas||$4080|
|2022 Dec 01||5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Costa Rica Escape Guanacastes Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks Cruise||Puntarenas||$4064|
|2022 Dec 06||5 days, round-trip 5 Night Wild Costa Rica Escape Guanacastes Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks Cruise||Puntarenas||$4068|
|2022 Dec 11||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$6618|
|2022 Dec 20||7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas||Colon||$7326|
|2022 Dec 27||7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon||Puntarenas||$7329|
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History - construction and ownership
The 100-passenger ship National Geographic Quest is a polar expedition vessel with an ice-strengthened hull, fully-stabilized and with relatively shallow draft (9 ft / 2,7 m) that allows safe navigation regardless of the destination/ region. This is also the first expedition cruise ship built entirely in the USA.
Constructed at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Lindblad Quest is the company's 3rd larger expedition ship. This new fleet of 3 same-design vessels is by the same shipbuilder as Lindblad's long-serving 62-passenger ships Sea Lion and Sea Bird. In comparison, the newbuilds have an extra deck, modern design, new stateroom categories, new facilities and expanded amenities (including mudroom with rows of lockers, snorkeling equipment, and other gear). The ship's ROV (remotely operated vehicle) can dive up to 1000 ft / 305 m depths.
The National Geographic Quest ship is owned and operated by Lindblad Expeditions in cooperation with the National Geographic Society (aka NatGeo - a 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 travel 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 Quest itinerary program is based on Alaskan cruises and coastal Pacific Northwest voyages to ports in USA and Canada (British Columbia) during summer. During winter, the ship operates on cruises to Baja California, Sea of Cortez, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala.
In Pacific North America, the ship cruises to Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia, also visiting San Juan Islands (USA) and Gulf Islands (Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and mainland Canada). The Alaskan cruise program includes itineraries with departures from Seattle WA and Vancouver BC.
Decks and Cabins
National Geographic Quest has 4 decks (3 with cabins) and 50 staterooms. Of all cabins, 22 are with small private step-out balconies (with floor-ceiling sliding doors) and 12 (6 pairs) are connecting cabins (via internal doorway access) allowing families to combine 2 adjacent rooms. All category 5 suites accommodate a 3rd person on a convertible sofabed.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Nat Geo Quest 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.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Ideally suited for sea expeditions, the Lindblad Quest ship carries wet suits, snorkeling gear, underwater cameras, hydrophone, a glass-bottom boat, 24 sea kayaks, paddle boards, a fleet of Mark V Zodiacs and even a video microscope. The ship is also equipped with a bow-cam for bow deployment to listen and record marine animals, for example, humpback whale vocalizations and dolphins. Every voyage is accompanied by a full-time doctor, photo instructor, video chronicler, wellness and undersea specialists. Internet access is available shipwide.
Nat Geo Quest 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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Ship's Inaugural Alaskan season 2017 included several 7-day "Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness" themed cruises (departures on Saturdays) between July 8 and August 26. After Alaska, the ship operated in the Pacific Northwest on itineraries between Seattle WA and Vancouver BC.
In December 2017, Lindblad Quest ship was repositioned for cruises to Costa Rica and Panama. Since February 2018, the ship started a new set of itineraries visiting ports in Belize and Guatemala.
NAT GEO Quest has installed Fleet Xpress - fast Internet connectivity provided by Inmarsat (owner and operator of a global satellite network). Fleet Xpress is fully integrated with the boat's phone system (PABX) and comm platforms.
Inaugural itineraries 2017
The ship's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) was scheduled for June 26, 2017 - a 13-day Alaskan itinerary (themed "Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia"). The ship 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, 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 needing drydock for full repairs.
The canceled 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 a full refund, plus USD 2,000 pp onboard credit towards future cruise). The following tables show the 3 canceled itineraries.
12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka (prices from USD 10840 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|27 Jun||Departing from Seattle, Washington|
|28 Jun||Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington|
|29 Jun||At Sea (Gulf Islands)|
|30 Jun||Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, BC Canada|
|01 Jul||Inside Passage, Alaska|
|02 Jul||Inside Passage, Alaska|
|03 Jul||Misty Fjords, Alaska|
|04 Jul||Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska|
|05 Jul||Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska|
|06 Jul||Glacier Bay, Alaska|
|07 Jul||Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska|
|08 Jul||Chichagof Island, Alaska|
|09 Jul||Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska|
7-day one-way from Sitka to Seattle (prices from USD 7600 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|09 Jul||Departing from Sitka (flight)|
|09 Jul||Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska|
|10 Jul||Admiralty Island, Alaska|
|11 Jul||Chichagof Island, Alaska|
|12 Jul||Glacier Bay, Alaska|
|13 Jul||Frederick Sound, Alaska|
|13 Jul||Chatham Strait, Alaska|
|14 Jul||Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska|
|15 Jul||Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska|
|16 Jul||Juneau, Alaska|
|16 Jul||Arriving in Seattle (flight)|
7-day one-way from Seattle to Sitka (prices from USD 7600 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|16 Jul||Departing from Seattle (flight)|
|16 Jul||Departing from Juneau, Alaska|
|17 Jul||Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska|
|18 Jul||Petersburg, Mitkof Island, Alaska|
|19 Jul||Frederick Sound, Alaska|
|19 Jul||Chatham Strait, Alaska|
|20 Jul||Glacier Bay, Alaska|
|21 Jul||Chichagof Island, Alaska|
|22 Jul||Admiralty Island, Alaska|
|23 Jul||Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska|
|23 Jul||Arriving in Sitka (flight)|
Nat Geo Quest 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 ship's Southeast Alaska program (through August 26, 2017). Following the Alaskan season, the boat started Pacific Northwest itineraries between Seattle WA and Vancouver BC, visiting San Juan Islands (Washington. USA), Alert Bay (Cormorant Island, BC Canada), Victoria BC.
During the drydock in January 2019, the ship received an equipment package including FURUNO VOYAGER (IBS / Integrated Bridge System), new radars (models FAR3210 and FAR3220), two FMD-3200 ECDIS (multifunction consoles), GPS and AIS, GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System), VDR (Voyage Data Recorder), DOPPLER SPEED LOG DS-80 system.
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