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National Geographic Venture

National Geographic Venture Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Venture

Year built2018  /  Age : 2
Flag state USA
BuilderNichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Whidbey Island WA)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 55 million
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)73 m / 240 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage2906 gt
Passengers100
Crew50
Decks4
Cabins50
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsNational Geographic Quest
Christened byPamela Fingleton

Current itinerary / position of National Geographic Venture

National Geographic Venture current cruise is 14 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto, themed as "Easter". Prices start from USD 11538 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 30 Mar, 2020 and ends on 13 Apr, 2020.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
30 Mar    Departing from Guaymas, San Carlos, Mexico hotels
31 Mar    Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Mexico
01 Apr - 02 Apr    San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Mexico
03 Apr    At Sea
04 Apr    Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Mexico
05 Apr    San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Mexico
06 Apr    Los Islotes, Baja California Mexico
07 Apr    Isla San Francisco, Baja California Mexico
08 Apr    Isla Carmen, Baja California Mexico
09 Apr    Scenic Cruising
10 Apr    Isla San Pedro Martir, Baja California Mexico
11 Apr    Canal de Ballenas, Baja California Mexico
13 Apr    Arriving in Loreto, Baja California Mexico hotels

Review of National Geographic Venture

National Geographic Venture cruise ship is one of the new Lindblad-National Geographic expedition vessels, with sistership National Geographic Quest (launched in 2017).

History - construction and ownership

The 1,800-ton, 100-passenger National Geographic 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 cruise 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 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.

Cabins

National Geographic Venture has 4 passenger decks and 50 cabins. Of all cabins, 22 staterooms feature small private verandas (with floor-ceiling sliding doors) and 12 cabins (6 pairs) are connecting (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.

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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.

Boat's christening ceremony was on December 4 (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.

National Geographic Venture Itineraries

The below listed National Geographic Venture cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Lindblad Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Feb 29 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $5993
2020 Mar 07 7 days, one-way from Loreto to Guaymas Loreto $5991
2020 Mar 16 14 days, one-way from Loreto to Guaymas Loreto $11529
2020 Mar 30 14 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $11538
2020 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Sea of Cortez A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $6574
2020 May 04 13 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka Seattle $10298
2020 May 17 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7098
2020 May 24 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7106
2020 May 31 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7110
2020 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7104
2020 Jun 14 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7097
2020 Jun 21 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7093
2020 Jun 28 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7094
2020 Jul 05 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7101
2020 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7091
2020 Jul 19 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7103
2020 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7093
2020 Aug 02 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7091
2020 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7090
2020 Aug 16 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7105
2020 Aug 23 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7101
2020 Aug 30 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7108
2020 Sep 06 13 days, one-way from Sitka to Seattle Sitka
2020 Sep 06 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7091
2020 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Voyage to Great Bear Rainforest Native Culture and Wildlife in the Land of the Spirit Bear Cruise Ketchikan $5146
2020 Sep 19 7 days, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle
2020 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Voyage to Great Bear Rainforest Native Culture and Wildlife in the Land of the Spirit Bear Cruise Ketchikan $5136
2020 Sep 26 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver
2020 Oct 03 7 days, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle
2020 Oct 04 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver $5145
2020 Oct 10 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver
2020 Oct 11 7 days, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle $5136
2020 Nov 10 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild California Escape Channel Islands National Park Cruise Los Angeles $3093
2020 Nov 14 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild California Escape Channel Islands National Park Cruise Los Angeles $3095
2020 Nov 30 11 days, one-way from Los Angeles to La Paz Los Angeles $7932
2020 Dec 11 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild Baja Escape Serenity and Sea Life in the Sea of Cortez Cruise La Paz $2889
2020 Dec 15 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild Baja Escape Serenity and Sea Life in the Sea of Cortez Cruise La Paz $2883
2020 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Sea of Cortez A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $6687
2020 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Sea of Cortez A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $6686
2021 Jan 04 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild Baja Escape Serenity and Sea Life in the Sea of Cortez Cruise La Paz $2870
2021 Jan 09 7 days, one-way from Loreto to Guaymas Loreto $6263
2021 Jan 16 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $6263
2021 Jan 23 7 days, one-way from Loreto to Guaymas Loreto $6265
2021 Jan 30 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $6274
2021 Feb 06 7 days, one-way from Loreto to Guaymas Loreto $6267
2021 Feb 13 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $6279
2021 Feb 20 7 days, one-way from Loreto to Guaymas Loreto $6274
2021 Feb 27 7 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $6261
2021 Mar 06 7 days, one-way from Loreto to Guaymas Loreto $6263
2021 Mar 15 14 days, one-way from Loreto to Guaymas Loreto $11640
2021 Mar 29 14 days, one-way from Guaymas to Loreto Guaymas $11642
2021 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Exploring the Sea of Cortez A Living Sea and Desert Isles Cruise Loreto $6695
2021 May 03 13 days, one-way from Seattle to Sitka Seattle $10439
2021 May 16 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7205
2021 May 23 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7193
2021 Jun 06 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7206
2021 Jun 20 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7197
2021 Jun 27 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7205
2021 Jul 04 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7191
2021 Jul 11 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7196
2021 Jul 18 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7205
2021 Jul 25 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7190
2021 Aug 01 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7195
2021 Aug 08 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7204
2021 Aug 15 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7197
2021 Aug 22 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $7193
2021 Aug 29 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $7197
2021 Sep 05 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka

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