National Geographic Venture

Former name: Nat Geo Venture

National Geographic Venture current position

National Geographic Venture current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 57.04663 N / -135.22850 W) cruising en route to SITKA. The AIS position was reported 2 hours ago.

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Current itinerary of National Geographic Venture

National Geographic Venture current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau. Prices start from USD 8365 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 20 Jul, 2024 and ends on 27 Jul, 2024.

Date / TimePort
20 Jul    Departing from Sitka, Baranof Island Alaska hotels
21 Jul    coastal cruising
22 Jul    Glacier Bay, Alaska
23 Jul    Inian Islands Alaska
23 Jul    Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska
24 Jul    Frederick Sound Alaska
25 Jul    Petersburg AK, Mitkof Island Alaska
26 Jul    Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
27 Jul    Arriving in Juneau, Alaska hotels

Specifications of National Geographic Venture

Year of build2018  /  Age: 6
Flag state USA
BuilderNichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Whidbey Island WA)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 55 million
Engines (power)MTU (2.5 MW / 3353 hp)
Speed12 kn / 22 km/h / 14 mph
Length (LOA)73 m / 240 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage2920 gt
Passengers100
Crew50
Decks4
Cabins50
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsNat Geo Quest
Former namesNat Geo Venture
Christened byPamela Fingleton
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc (via Lindblad Expeditions Holdings LLC)
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises (via LEX Venture Ltd)

National Geographic Venture Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jun 29 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $8112
2024 Jul 06 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $8365
2024 Jul 13 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $8365
2024 Jul 20 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $8365
2024 Jul 27 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $8365
2024 Aug 03 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $8031
2024 Aug 10 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7790
2024 Aug 17 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7790
2024 Aug 24 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7949
2024 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands Cruise Seattle $6027
2024 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands Cruise Seattle $5730
2024 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands Cruise Seattle $5730
2024 Oct 26 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild California Escape Channel Islands National Park Cruise Los Angeles $3470
2024 Oct 30 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild California Escape Channel Islands National Park Cruise Los Angeles $3470
2024 Nov 03 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild California Escape Channel Islands National Park Cruise Los Angeles $3470
2024 Dec 02 11 days, one-way from Los Angeles to San Jose del Cabo Los Angeles $8580
2024 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Baja California Holiday Voyage A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $7480
2024 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Baja California Holiday Voyage A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $7750
2024 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Baja California Holiday Voyage A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $7750
2025 Jan 12 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $7210
2025 Jan 26 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $7364
2025 Feb 09 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $7511
2025 Feb 23 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $7511
2025 Mar 04 14 days, round-trip 14 Night Baja California A Remarkable Journey Cruise Loreto $13790
2025 Apr 01 14 days, round-trip 14 Night Baja California A Remarkable Journey Cruise Loreto $12726
2025 Apr 27 13 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka Seattle $9802
2025 May 10 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $6223
2025 May 17 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $6223
2025 May 24 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $6223
2025 May 31 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $6356
2025 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $8190
2025 Jun 14 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $8190
2025 Jun 21 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $8106
2025 Jun 28 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $8106
2025 Jul 05 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $8540
2025 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $8540
2025 Jul 19 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $8540
2025 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $8540
2025 Aug 02 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $8106
2025 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $8022
2025 Aug 23 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7938
2025 Sep 01 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Seattle Ketchikan $6020
2025 Sep 08 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Seattle Ketchikan $6020
2025 Sep 15 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Seattle Ketchikan $5901
2025 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands Cruise Seattle $5964
2025 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands Cruise Seattle $5838
2025 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands Cruise Seattle $5838
2025 Oct 23 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild California Escape Channel Islands National Park Cruise Los Angeles $3572
2025 Oct 27 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild California Escape Channel Islands National Park Cruise Los Angeles $3572
2025 Oct 31 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild California Escape Channel Islands National Park Cruise Los Angeles $3572
2025 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Baja California Holiday Voyage A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $7987
2025 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Baja California Holiday Voyage A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $7987
2026 Jan 10 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $7210
2026 Jan 24 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $7364
2026 Feb 07 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Baja California Among the Great Whales Cruise Loreto $7511
2026 Feb 21 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $7511
2026 Mar 02 14 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $13790
2026 Mar 30 14 days, round-trip 14 Night Baja California A Remarkable Journey Cruise Loreto $12726

National Geographic Venture Review

Review of National Geographic Venture

The 2018-built National Geographic Venture cruise ship is one of the new Lindblad-National Geographic expedition vessels, with sistership NatGeo Quest (2017).

The vessel (IMO number 9799044) is currently USA-flagged (MMSI 369358000) and registered in Seattle.

History - construction and ownership

The 100-passenger ship Nat Geo 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 of the itinerary region.

Lindblad National Geographic Venture cruise ship

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 (remotely operated vehicle) can dive up to 1000 ft / 305 m sea depths.

National Geographic Venture cruise 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.

Decks and Cabins

National Geographic Venture has 4 decks (3 with cabins) and 50 staterooms.

Of all passenger cabins, 22 are with small 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 facilities and amenities

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 the observation deck.

Lindblad's “Open Bridge” policy allows passengers 24-hour access (depending on weather conditions) to the Wheelhouse/Navigation Bridge to meet and converse with the ship's officers on duty and the Captain.

Ideally suited for expeditions, the ship carries wet suits, snorkeling gear, underwater cameras, a glass-bottom boat, 24 sea kayaks, 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.

Lindblad National Geographic Venture cruise ship

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.

Itineraries

Nat Geo Venture's itinerary program is based USA and Canada coastal cruises in Alaska, Baja California and Pacific Northwest. The pre-scheduled 14-day maiden voyage (June 24, 2018) was themed "Treasures of Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia". Then was scheduled an 8-day "Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness" cruise program with 8 departures, plus another "Treasures of Inside Passage" in September, followed by six 8-day "The San Juan Islands and British Columbia" cruises.

However, due to delayed delivery (in October), the ship's inaugural cruise was re-scheduled for December 2, 2018. The 5-night maiden voyage (Northern and Southern California itinerary) was roundtrip from San Francisco CA. Cruise prices started from USD 3,800 pp (double occupancy).

The inaugural voyage's highlights included snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo National Park (Los Cabos coral reef with over 220 fish species) and optional tour to Guerrero Negro (world’s largest salt mine) and Isla Natividad (tour to the fish processing plant). Among the destinations was also Mexico's Magdalena Bay (Isla Magdalena) in Baja California Sur.

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The vessel was launched/floated-out from drydock on September 14, 2018, at the shipyard of Nichols Brothers (Freeland, Whidbey Island WA).

 

Lindblad Venture ship had two Inaugural Cruise itineraries scheduled after the inauguration in December 2018.

  • 5-day itinerary (departing December 2 from San Francisco CA) visited Angel Island, Sausalito, Avila Beach, Catalina Island, Monterey, Point Lobos, and ends in Long Beach CA. Prices started from USD 3,800 pp
  • 12-day itinerary (departing December 7 from Long Beach) ended in La Paz Mexico, with multiple calls in Baja California. Prices started from USD 9,100 pp.

The boat's christening ceremony was on December 4th (2018), held at the former US Navy base on Treasure Island (a man-made island in San Francisco Bay). The naming ceremony was led by godmother Pamela Fingleton - Lindblad Travel company's Senior VP. Followed a preview cruise in San Francisco Bay.

Lindblad National Geographic Venture cruise ship construction

During the drydock in January 2019, the vessel 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.

NAT GEO Venture also has 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.

Nat Geo Quest has max draft 3,8 m (12 ft) and a powerplant based on MTU marine diesel engines (model 12V4000) with total output 2450 kW. The vessel (yard/hull number S189) was constructed by Nichols Bros Boat Builders in Freeland WA (USA).