National Geographic Quest

Intimately scaled, designed to connect you to nature


National Geographic Quest is the perfect ship to explore the tropical coasts of Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia. To build her, we turned to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, who have been building boats on beautiful Whidbey Island since 1964. We entrusted them with the newly built Quest, and are proud that she is the first expedition ship of her kind to be made entirely in the U.S.

In addition, the Quest 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 for families and groups; and a designated mudroom for expedition gear.

Equipped for comfort and active exploration

Comfortably accommodating 100 guests, Quest has a shallow draft depth, allowing us to navigate the inner reaches of the coasts we visit, providing an same intimate experience 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 purpose-built vessel also features open decks, generous windows, and specialty tools for exploration—ideal for exploring the tropical waterways of Latin America.

Comfortably designed cabins

The Quest accommodates 100 guests in 50 outside-facing cabins, which are efficiently designed, with sizes range from the 136-square-foot category 1 to the 185-square-foot category 5 suite. Twenty-two of the 50 cabins feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. Twelve cabins connect via internal doorway access allowing families to combine their rooms. Plus, all category 5 suite cabins can accommodate a third person on a convertible sofa bed. 

Comfort & convenience in every room

On the Quest, every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, Wi-Fi access, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern and stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Every room has outlets and USB outlets for charging your camera gear or electronics, and space for luggage storage. Our expedition style is active, casual, and engaged. There is no need for formal clothing, and the services offered aboard ensure travel is effortless. Learn more about life aboard, including dining, or see our cabins

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