National Geographic Quest
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National Geographic Quest: Newest addition to Lindblad fleet
National Geographic Quest is the newest addition to the Lindblad Expeditions fleet after her maiden sailing out of Seattle on July 29, 2017.
This fully stabilized vessel was designed to navigate narrow inlets and wildlife-rich passageways inaccessible to larger ships, while accommodating 100 guests in 50 outside cabins. Along with spacious viewing decks, this nimble vessel will carry innovative exploration tools, including a SplashCam and a hydrophone to enable passengers to look and listen beneath the waves.
The public spaces provide maximum viewing opportunities with easy, quick access to the decks for sightings. Public areas include a lounge with a full-service bar and facilities for film, slide shows and presentations; a dining room; an observation deck; a partially covered sun deck with chairs; a global gallery; and a spa. There will be an outdoor walkway around the entire sun deck, which will feature an al fresco bar and grill, in addition to the main restaurant and a bar and lounge area that will host presentations. All meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling.
The $48 million ship comes equipped with Zodiacs, snorkeling gear, exercise equipment and a wide range of cameras to record the surrounding wildlife. Guests also can make use of 24 sea kayaks, paddleboards and landing craft on board. A photo instructor, a video chronicler, an undersea specialist and a wellness specialist will accompany every voyage. Internet access and an elevator are available on board.
Where National Geographic Quest sails
National Geographic Quest sails Panama and Costa Rica and, starting in the spring, Columbia and Snake rivers, British Columbia, the San Juan Islands in Washington state and Alaska's coastal wilderness.
Highlights of the ship
The ship is the first in the fleet to offer step-out balconies on 22 of the 50 staterooms onboard. Another first is new connecting cabins that cater to families and groups. There is also a designated mudroom for expedition gear.
The ship offers an onboard spa, a fitness center, stretch classes on the sundeck, a bar and more.
Quest is larger than the Sea Bird and the Sea Lion but it also has the same shallow draft that will allow it to navigate shallower passageways and provide the same intimate experience that the smaller ships allow for.
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