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National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest Cruises


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Detailed Ship Information: The National Geographic Quest was purpose-built to deliver the best possible expedition cruising experience. To build her we turned to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, the company that built the beloved National... Read More

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4 Night - Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park Roundtrip Cruise from Los Angeles
Starting in Los Angeles/EMBARK; with stops in Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, Channel Islands National Park; Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park; Catalina Island; Los Angeles/DISEMBARK
2021 Sails: Apr 24, Apr 28, 2022: Apr 19, Apr 23

5 Night - Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacastes Coral Reefs & Volcanic Peaks Roundtrip Cruise from San José
Starting in San José, Costa Rica; with stops in Puerto Caldera/EMBARK; Zapotal Beach; Tamarindo; Islas Murcielagos; Santa Rosa National Park; Guanacaste Conservation Area; Playas del Coco; Rincón de la Vieja National Park; Curu National Wildlife Refuge; Isla Tortuga; San José, Costa Rica/DISEMBARK

7 Night - Exploring Alaskas Coastal Wilderness Cruise from Sitka to Juneau
Starting in Sitka, Alaska/EMBARK; with stops in Southeast Alaskas Islands, Bays and Fjords; Icy Strait and the Inian Islands; Glacier Bay National Park or Outer Bays; Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait; Petersburg; Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness; Juneau, Alaska/DISEMBARK

7 Night - Exploring Alaskas Coastal Wilderness Cruise from Juneau to Sitka
Starting in Juneau, Alaska/EMBARK; with stops in Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness; Petersburg; Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait; Icy Strait and the Inian Islands; Glacier Bay National Park or Outer Bays; Southeast Alaskas Islands, Bays and Fjords; Sitka, Alaska/DISEMBARK

7 Night - Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey Cruise from Portland to Clarkston
Starting in Portland, Oregon/EMBARK; with stops in Columbia River Gorge; Hood River; Walla Walla; Exploring the Palouse River; Clarkston, Washington/DISEMBARK
2021 Sails: Sep 26, 2022: Sep 19

7 Night - Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey Cruise from Clarkston to Portland
Starting in Clarkston, Washington/EMBARK; with stops in Exploring the Palouse River; Walla Walla; Columbia River Gorge; Hood River; Portland, Oregon/DISEMBARK
2021 Sails: Oct 3, 2022: Sep 26

7 Night - Panama and Colombia: Exploring the Caribbean Coast Cruise from Panama City to Cartagena
Starting in Panama City, Panama/EMBARK; with stops in Gatún Lake; Portobelo; Guna Yala; Necoclí, Colombia; Coveñas; Santa Cruz de Lorica; Tuchín; Santa Cruz del Islote; San Bernardo Archipelago; Cartagena, Colombia/DISEMBARK
2021 Sails: Oct 30, Nov 13, 2022: Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12

7 Night - Panama and Colombia: Exploring the Caribbean Coast Cruise from Cartagena to Panama City
Starting in Cartagena, Colombia/EMBARK; with stops in Santa Cruz del Islote; San Bernardo Archipelago; Coveñas; Santa Cruz de Lorica; Tuchín; Necoclí, Colombia; Guna Yala; Portobelo; Gatún Lake; Panama City, Panama/DISEMBARK
2021 Sails: Nov 6, Nov 20

7 Night - Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Cruise from San José to Panama City
Starting in San José, Costa Rica; with stops Puerto Caldera/EMBARK; Corcovado National Park; Golfo Dulce; Osa Peninsula; Golfo Dulce; Isla Coiba National Park; Gulf of Panama Islets; Panama Canal Transit; Gatun Lake; Panama Canal Transit; Colón/DISEMBARK; Panama City, Panama
2021 Sails: Dec 19, Dec 26, 2022: Jan 2, Jan 16, Jan 30, Feb 13, Dec 11, Dec 27

7 Night - Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Cruise from Panama City to San José
Starting in Panama City, Panama; with stops Colón/EMBARK; Gatun Lake; Panama Canal Transit; Gulf of Panama Islets; Isla Coiba National Park; Golfo Dulce; Osa Peninsula; Corcovado National Park; Puerto Caldera/DISEMBARK; San José, Costa Rica
2022 Sails: Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb 6, Feb 20, Dec 20

10 Night - Monteverde + Costa Rica And Panama Cruise from San José to Panama City
Starting in San José, Costa Rica; with stops in Monteverde Cloud Forest; Puerto Caldera/EMBARK; Corcovado National Park; Osa Peninsula; Golfo Dulce; Coiba National Park, Panama; Gulf of Panama Islets; Panama Canal Transit; Gatun Lake; Panama Canal Transit; Colón/DISEMBARK; Panama City, Panama
2021 Sails: Dec 16, Dec 30, 2022: Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 10

13 Night - Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia Cruise from Seattle to Sitka
Starting in Seattle/EMBARK; with stops in San Juan Islands, Washington; Victoria, British Columbia; Gulf Islands; Alert Bay and Johnstone Strait, British Columbia; Inside Passage Of British Columbia; Misty Fiords, Alaska; Petersburg; Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness; Glacier Bay National Park; Inian Islands; Icy Strait; Exploring Chichagof Island; Sitka/DISEMBARK
2021 Sails: May 9, 2022: May 2

13 Night - Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia Cruise from Sitka to Seattle
Starting in Sitka/EMBARK; with stops in Exploring Chichagof Island; Inian Islands; Icy Strait; Glacier Bay National Park; Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness; Petersburg; Misty Fiords, Alaska; Inside Passage Of British Columbia; Alert Bay and Johnstone Strait, British Columbia; Gulf Islands; Victoria, British Columbia; San Juan Islands, Washington; Seattle/DISEMBARK
2021 Sails: Sep 11, 2022: Sep 4

14 Night - Panama To Costa Rica + Monteverde, Arenal Volcano & Tortuguero Cruise from Panama City to San José
Starting in Panama City, Panama; with stops Colón/EMBARK; Gatun Lake; Panama Canal Transit; Gulf of Panama Islets; Coiba National Park, Panama; Golfo Dulce; Osa Peninsula; Corcovado National Park; Puerto Caldera/DISEMBARK; Monteverde; Arenal; Tortuguero; San José, Costa Rica
2021 Sails: Dec 26, 2022: Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb 6, Feb 20

About National Geographic Quest

The National Geographic Quest was purpose-built to deliver the best possible expedition cruising experience.

To build her we turned to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, the company that built the beloved National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion—vessels that, with our regular maintenance schedule and recent refurbishment, have been operating successfully for decades. We are proud she was built entirely in the USA.

Additionally, the Quest cruise ship achieves some other notable firsts. She is the first ship in our fleet voyaging in these geographies with step-out balconies (available in 22 of the 50 spacious cabins), plus 6 sets of connecting cabins perfect for families and groups; and a designated mudroom for expedition gear.

Quest comfortably accommodates 100 guests, making her larger than the 62-guest Sea Bird and Sea Lion, but she has the same shallow draft depth, allowing us to navigate the same inner reaches and provide the same intimate experiences of the charismatic regions we explore. Her twin expedition craft landing platforms allow us to rapidly get on and off the ship to take advantage of wildlife sightings and to ensure we maximize our time off the ship exploring. Designed with decades of expedition experience in the region, the vessel also features open decks, generous windows, and specialty tools for exploration—all which bring you closer in to these pristine wilds.

A common constraint with wildlife viewing on a ship's bow is that the anchoring gear takes up space and a single level allows only one row of guests to enjoy clean sightlines. Quest's bow has been uniquely designed with the anchoring gear separated from guest space by a tiered viewing system—this enables multiple rows of guests to line the bow with unobstructed views so you won't miss a thing. Two stairways on either side of the bow lead to an expansive observation deck one level up for a unique perspective. Or pull up a settee on the Bridge's designated forward standing area and linger comfortably while wildlife-watching with your naturalists as you enjoy the vantage point that a ship's bridge provides.


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