National Geographic Venture

National Geographic Venture current position

National Geographic Venture current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 28.29851 N / -115.57343 W) cruising en route to ISLA SAN BENITO. The AIS position was reported 1 hour ago.

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Current itinerary of National Geographic Venture

National Geographic Venture current cruise is 11 days, one-way from Los Angeles to La Paz. Prices start from USD 8080 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 04 Dec, 2022 and ends on 15 Dec, 2022.

Date / TimePort
04 Dec    Departing from Los Angeles, Long Beach-San Pedro, California hotels
05 Dec    Channel Islands California, San Miguel-Santa Rosa-Santa Cruz-Anacapa-Santa Barbara
06 Dec    Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
07 Dec    San Quintin, Baja California Mexico
08 Dec    Guerrero Negro, Baja California Mexico
09 Dec    Islas San Benito Mexico, Baja California
10 Dec    Isla Natividad Mexico, Baja California Sur
11 Dec    Isla Magdalena Mexico, Baja California Sur
12 Dec    San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Mexico
12 Dec    coastal cruising
13 Dec    Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, Baja California Mexico
14 Dec    Los Islotes Mexico, Baja California Sur
15 Dec    Arriving in La Paz, Baja California Mexico hotels

Specifications of National Geographic Venture

Year built2018  /  Age: 4
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 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)73 m / 240 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage2920 gt
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsNat Geo Quest
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
2022 Dec 04 11 days, one-way from Los Angeles to La Paz Los Angeles $8080
2022 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Sea of Cortez A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $6883
2022 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Sea of Cortez A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $6888

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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 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 dining options - Food and 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.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Ideally suited for expeditions, the National Geographic Venture 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.


MS Venture 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).

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).

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