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  • whale-bubble-net.jpg - During the summer, you can spot humpback whales engaging in bubble net feeding. 
  • quest.jpg - National Geographic Quest in the Pacific Northwest in fall.
  • Glacier-Bay-Bear-Track-Mountain.jpg - Bear Track Mountain, part of the pristine scenery of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve in Alaska.
  • sitka-black-tailed-deer.jpg - The Sitka black-tailed deer,  a subspecies of mule deer, spotted on the outskirts of Sitka.
  • Panama-toucan - Brightly colored toucans can be spotted throughout Panama.
  • Arctic-Coasts-Hornsund.jpg - Take a walk on the beautiful coasts of Hornsund on Spitsbergen island in Svalbard, Norway, during your Lindblad expedition.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Alaska-Bald-Eagle.jpg - See a majestic bald eagle during a Lindblad Expedition visit of Baranof Island, Alaska.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Alaska-Brown-Bear.jpg - A large brown bear wades into a stream in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Alaska-Kayaking.jpg - Kayak the beautiful waters of Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska, on a Lindblad expedition.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Alaska-humpback-whale.jpg -   A humpback whale surfaces to greet visitors on a Lindblad Expeditions excursion.
  • bear-Kelp-Bay-Alaska.jpg - A brown bear pays little heed to visitors during a Lindblad Expeditions visit to Kelp Bay, Alaska.
  • Alaska-killer-whales.jpg - A family of killer whales surfaces in the Johnstone Strait in Vancouver during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Alaska-Williams Cove-Dawes-Glacier.jpg - A waterfall streams down Dawes Glacier at William's Cove in Alaska.
  • Alaska-Brown-Bear-Salmon.jpg - While on a hike of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, see a brown bear as it hunts for salmon.
  • Alaska-humpback-whale.jpg - The tail of a humpback whale emerges from the water in Alaska during a Lindblad Expeditions voyage.
  • Alaska-brown-bears-fishing.jpg - Three brown bears fish for pink salmon in a stream in Alaska during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Alaska-killer-whale.jpg - A large killer whale surfaces in Chatham Strait, Alaska, during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Alaska-humpback-whale-breaching.jpg - An adult humpback whale breaches after disaffiliating from a group along the west side of Chatham Strait in Southeast Alaska during a Lindblad expedition.
  • alaska-sea-lions.jpg - Travelers taking a Lindblad Expeditions tour observe a sea lion colony in Inian Pass near Cross Sound, southeastern Alaska.
  • costa-rica-white-throated-capuchin-monkey.jpg - A white-throated capuchin monkey and baby climb a tree in Costa Rica.
  • long-tailed hummingbird-costa-rica.jpg - A long-tailed hummingbird feeds on a torch ginger in Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Costa Rica.
  • Costa-Rica-Collared-Aracari.jpg - A collared aracari, part of the toucan family, sits on a branch at  Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica.
  • Costa-Rica-Hike-Corcovado-National-Park.jpg - Go on an adventure-filled hike in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica, on a Lindblad Expeditions getaway.
  • costa-rica-horseback-riding.jpg - Go horseback riding through the beautiful lands of Playa Caletas, Costa Rica, during a Lindblad Expeditions visit.
  • Costa Rica-Red-Capped-Manikan.jpg - Hi little feller! See a red-capped manakin in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Costa Rica-Guides.jpg - Naturalist guide Jose Calvos and wellness specialist Becky Timbers stop by a waterfall in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Costa Rica-Zodiac.jpg - Climb on board one of National Geographic Sea Lion's Zodiac boats for a fun boat ride through Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Costa Rica.
  • Costa-Rica-Mother-Baby-Three-Toed-Sloths.jpg - Spot a Mother and baby three-toed sloth while hiking through the Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica, on a Lindblad Expedition.
  • Costa-Rica-Arenal-Volcano.jpg - Get an incredible view of the Arenal Volcano, an active volcano in northwestern Costa Rica, during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Costa Rica-Waterfall.jpg - Go for a swim underneath one of Corcovado National Park's beautiful waterfalls on a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Golden-Mantled-Howler-Monkees.jpg - A family of golden-mantled howler monkeys squats on a tree branch at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

National Geographic Quest: Newest addition to Lindblad fleet

Health advisory: All guests 12 and older need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding.


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. 

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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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Fast facts

100 Passengers [?]
35 Crew
4 Decks
2005 Maiden voyage
2,906 Tonnage [?]
238 Length in feet
45 Width in feet (max beam)

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