Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic announced its new National Geographic Quest will debut June 26, 2017, in British Columbia and Alaska and later in the year sail in Central America. The ship is under construction at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders near Seattle.
National Geographic Quest will have 50 cabins, 22 with balconies, and eight that can be configured into four adjoining cabins for families. All Category 5 cabins can accommodate three people.
The ship will be outfitted 24 sea kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment and Zodiacs, the latest expedition technology, including a remotely operated vehicle, video microscope and a hydrophone and bow-cam designed for immediate bow deployment to hear and film, for instance, humpback whale vocalizations and see bow-riding dolphins.
The first voyage will be the 13-day 'Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia.' This expedition will spend a day in the San Juan Islands and a day in the Gulf Islands before heading north through BC and Alaska. Fares start at $9,390 per person, double occupancy.
National Geographic Quest will then operate 'Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness' on a Saturday to Saturday schedule July 8 through Aug. 26. Fares start at $6,590. The ship will finish the Alaska season with a 'Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia' departure on Sept. 2, 2017.
National Geographic Quest will remain in the Pacific Northwest for a series of new cruises between Seattle and Vancouver, with stops at the San Juan Islands, Victoria, Alert Bay and more far-reaching stops in BC's channels and fjords.
Beginning in December 2017, National Geographic Quest will re-position and operate voyages in Costa Rica and Panama before kicking off a series of new sailings in Belize and Guatemala starting in February 2018.