National Geographic Quest

Born in the USA, she and her sister National Geographic Venture are at home in pan-American waters

Overview

When she rolled out of Nichols Brothers shipyard and into the bay on Whidbey Island, the 100-guest National Geographic Quest became the third ship in the Lindblad fleet built at this storied Pacific Northwest shipyard. In the 1970s, Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, which continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America. National Geographic Quest and her twin sister, National Geographic Venture, also explore in these regions.

National Geographic Quest was purpose-built to explore the North American coast, her design and engineering informed by our nearly 40 years of experience in these regions. Her twin boarding platforms, for example, were suggested by a veteran staffer. Enabling our team to load two Zodiacs at once means guests get off the ship quickly to take advantage of wildlife sightings and maximize exploring time.

Larger than her siblings National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Quest has the same shallow draft, allowing her captain to navigate the same inner reaches and provide the same intimate, "insider" experiences in these charismatic regions. Modern cleaned-lined, with large expanses of glass to keep you connected to the extraordinary views, National Geographic Quest enables you to see, do, and experience the best of her geographies.

(8) National Geographic Quest Itineraries

NOTE: For expeditions departing April 2024 onward, Day 1 of our itineraries will no longer reflect “departure from the U.S.” and will reflect “arrival to the city” where your expedition begins.  Durations of expeditions will remain unchanged. More details. 

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Central America

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

Duration

8 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Nov
  5. Dec

From

$6,601

Prices are per person

Highlights

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Central America

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

Duration

8 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Nov
  5. Dec

From

$6,601

Top Highlights

  • Venture into remote wilderness: hike among monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds, and explore far from any inhabited places
  • Transit the Panama Canal over two days to see it by day and in the coolness of night—plus an exclusive stop at the Smithsonian Research Institute
  • Discover the wild rainforests of Corcovado National Park, which National Geographic dubbed “the most biologically intense place on Earth”

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Central America

Costa Rica's Cloud Forest through the Panama Canal

Duration

11 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Dec

From

$9,491

Prices are per person

Highlights

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Central America

Costa Rica's Cloud Forest through the Panama Canal

Duration

11 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Dec

From

$9,491

Top Highlights

  • Visit Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest, known for its butterflies and orchids, and Corcovado National Park to search for four species of monkeys
  • Explore the Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce to meet local communities, visit a sea turtle rehabilitation center, discover myriad tropical birds, and kayak pristine waters
  • Search for endemic wildlife in Panama’s UNESCO-listed Coiba National Park

Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Duration

8 days
  1. May
  2. Jun
  3. Jul
  4. Aug
  5. Sep

From

$5,723

Prices are per person

Highlights

Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Duration

8 days
  1. May
  2. Jun
  3. Jul
  4. Aug
  5. Sep

From

$5,723

Top Highlights

  • Hike through lush forests and muskegs, kayak into secluded inlets, and cruise by Zodiac among electric blue icebergs and curious wildlife
  • By special permit, spend a full day exploring Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
  • If schedules permit, our conservation partners from the Alaska Whale Foundation will come aboard to meet with us and speak about the local whale population

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Central America

Panama and Colombia: Exploring the Caribbean Coast

Duration

8 days
  1. Oct
  2. Nov

From

$6,045

Prices are per person

Highlights

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Central America

Panama and Colombia: Exploring the Caribbean Coast

Duration

8 days
  1. Oct
  2. Nov

From

$6,045

Top Highlights

  • Transit the Panama Canal over two days to see it by day and in the coolness of night—plus an exclusive stop at the Smithsonian Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island
  • Visit the palm-shaded Panamanian archipelago of Guna Yala (formerly San Blas Islands), an autonomous province that is home to the indigenous Guna people, and get immersed in local culture
  • Discover the coastal treasures and remote wilderness of Colombia, exploring vibrant villages, pristine beaches, and wildlife-rich jungles

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

New and Noteworthy

Central America

New The Panama Canal, Pearl Islands, and Darién Jungle: Tropical Wonders and Vibrant Cultures

Duration

8 days
  1. Jan
  2. Dec

From

$6,315

Prices are per person

Highlights

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

New and Noteworthy

Central America

New The Panama Canal, Pearl Islands, and Darién Jungle: Tropical Wonders and Vibrant Cultures

Duration

8 days
  1. Jan
  2. Dec

From

$6,315

Top Highlights

  • Transit the legendary Panama Canal over two days to see it by day and dramatically lit up at night—plus enjoy an exclusive stop at the Smithsonian Research Institute
  • Discover the storied Spanish architecture and fascinating pirate history of Portobelo, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Explore Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge, a former US bombing range, and spot sea turtles and black and green iguanas on the beach or while snorkeling offshore

Alaska

Canada

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia

Duration

14 days
  1. Apr
  2. May
  3. Sep

From

$6,774

Prices are per person

Highlights

Alaska

Canada

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia

Duration

14 days
  1. Apr
  2. May
  3. Sep

From

$6,774

Top Highlights

  • Hike the San Juan Islands, and cruise where killer whales reliably gather each year to hunt among the numerous uninhabited isles’ remote inlets and bays
  • By special permit, sail into Glacier Bay National Park and pass a full day taking in the grand scale of the mountains, fjords, and active glaciers
  • Stroll through the 100-year-old fishing town of Petersburg and learn about its Norwegian heritage

California Coast

Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park

Duration

5 days
  1. Apr
  2. May
  3. Oct
  4. Nov

From

$2,776

Prices are per person

Highlights

California Coast

Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park

Duration

5 days
  1. Apr
  2. May
  3. Oct
  4. Nov

From

$2,776

Top Highlights

  • Discover the islands by walking miles of trails, paddling crystal-clear waters by kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or exploring by Zodiac
  • Hike in a Torrey Pine grove, one of only two on Earth, and enjoy a picnic lunch with sweeping views of the natural harbor
  • Watch for iconic animals such as the American bison, bald eagles, and the Channel Island fox

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Central America

Wild Costa Rica Escape: Exploring Guanacaste’s Natural Wonders

Duration

6 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Nov
  5. Dec

From

$3,863

Prices are per person

Highlights

Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Central America

Wild Costa Rica Escape: Exploring Guanacaste’s Natural Wonders

Duration

6 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Nov
  5. Dec

From

$3,863

Top Highlights

  • Navigate the pristine coastline of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region, snorkel crystalline waters, and explore wildlife-rich parks and preserves
  • Discover diverse tropical ecosystems while exploring via kayak and paddleboard, on foot, and soaring by zipline
  • Spend an afternoon enjoying Isla Tortuga’s palm-shaded beaches before a barbecue dinner on the sand

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