National Geographic Quest

Lindblad Expeditions

The 100- guest National Geographic Quest is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves, and fast-moving channels where wildlife congregate while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort. Spacious cabins, open decks for wildlife viewing, and specialty tools for exploration.


22 Balcony Suites
Connecting Cabins
Expedition team.
Fitness Center
Single Occupancy Cabins

Ship Info

What's Included


  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages. Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap. Fitness center or exercise equipment. The guidance and company of our expedition staff. The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations

  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary. Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary Sightseeing & entrance fees Special access permits, park fees, port taxes Transfers to and from group flights The expertise of our expedition staff

  • All excursions Zodiac & kayak explorations (Kayaks not available on Panorama II)Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
4000 Tons
Public Decks
Passenger Capacity
United States

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Spectacular Trip

By: Bish

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

Our trip through Alaska's Inside Passage was amazing. A new boat for 100 guests with all the amenities: attentive crew, 10 naturalists on board with outstanding knowledge of glaciers, undersea animals, geology, whales, salmon, land animals, etc. Many menu choices for the breakfast and lunch buffets, with seated service for dinner (Dungeness crab, steak, salmon, halibut, beef, chicken, pasta). A gym, massages, large viewing deck, large windowed lounge area, and zodiacs to take us up close to the glaciers, icebergs, sea animals and land. Could not have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Hicks

luxury camping

By: nonickname

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2017

Everything and everyone was great but it felt like something was missing. Even other veteran Lindbladders felt the same.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Dischner

Costa Rica and Panama Canal

By: Janet's chum

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2018

this is the second time we've travelled with national Geographic and I wouldn't hesitate to travel with them again. ship is perfect for expedition sailing -- caring staff and truly outstanding guides. we learned so much about our destinations without feeling overwhelmed or talked down to. excellent resources.
Travel Advisor:  Shelley Fremont

Beautiful Journey

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2018

Traveled from Panama City to Costa Rica. Fabulous trip, on a wonderful vessel. Great selection of activities; great food and staff very solicitous and helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Lorraine Young


By: Ruthie

Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2018

Food was good. Staff was extremely friendly & helpful. The AC was freezing cold in the common areas of the ship.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Johnson

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

By: Karen

Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2018

Traveling on the National Geographic Quest was simply wonderful. The Quest’s knowledgeable, friendly, and patient staff makes every effort to please the guests. The naturalists really know their stuff and take the time to make sure everyone sees the wildlife and glaciers. The evening speakers were engaging and experts in their fields. The chefs served delicious and nutritious food—well-prepared with just-right portion sizes. The seafood was awesome as were the desserts. The ship is beautiful with comfortable and spacious rooms. There’s enough deck space with lots of levels so that everyone can see everything as well as viewing space inside the ship and cabins. The planners thought of everything. Taking the zodiaks to out-of-the way places meant we were able to hike trails that allowed us to experience the natural wonders of southeast Alaska close up. Touching an iceberg and seeing sea otter and seal pups with their moms was amazing as was seeing a humpback whale breach
Travel Advisor:  Suzette Mack

Alaska inside passage

By: Nonnie

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2018

We were on the Quest on the inside passage. The ship is new this year and truly lovely. The accommodations were small but very comfortable for a ship this size. The food was good but the service in the dining room was inconsistent, except for Kate- she was awesome! The workout room was great for the space and the massage room was surprisingly lovely, well appointed and Lola was a very good therapist. The big plus was the level of knowledge in the many naturalists that were on board. We had an epic cruise and saw everything! There was no animal or plant or area of Alaska that somebody on board wasn’t an expert in. We went for an adventure and we got all that we bargained for.
Travel Advisor:  Wafa Langenbrunner

Alaska Inside Passage

By: ArtR

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2018

The Quest is fairly new, in great condition, and very comfortable. As always, Lindblad does it right. However, we recommend doing this trip south to north (Seattle to Sitka) if possible, because the southern part of the trip is a little slow with less physical activity, whereas the northern half has a faster pace and has all of the ice and most of the wildlife sightings.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

Love smaller ships

By: Kathy and Ron

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2018

This was a great ship to cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers and the surroundings. The staff and service were excellent and we were amazed at the quality of the very meal. I highly recommend this trip.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Hires

Fabulous Experience

By: Elizabeth

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2018

The ship was very nice, well-run, wonderful food. Friendly, helpful personnel set the tone. The naturalists and historian were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their topics and engaged with the passengers at meals and throughout the day. By the end we felt we were like one big family. It was an educational and thoroughly enjoyable trip.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Hires

Lindblad Quest

By: Jackie

Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2018

Great. Love the smaller ship. You get to know everyone. Food was fantastic. Guides were always available, friendly, helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Kathryn Schutz

Panama to Costa Rica cruise

By: Susan

Reviewed on: 03 May 2019

This was our first "expedition" cruise and it won't be our last! Lindblad and the National Geographic Quest went beyond all our expectations. The staff is professional and knowledgeable and fellow guests delightful.
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart

Southeast Alaska Trip Aboard NatGeo Quest

By: Mvknitter

Reviewed on: 15 Jun 2019

Traveling on the NatGeo ship QUEST was fabulous!!! including the entire staff and ship itself. Perfect size. We learned so much from the staff which was so pleasant, professional and helpful along with tremendous knowledge of the area. The accommodations aboard ship were nice and maintained. The food was outstanding with choices for all. The lounge was well appointed and comfortable. There were activities for all different levels.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Johnson


By: Mike

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2019

Had a great time. Ships crew and staff were outstanding
Travel Advisor:  Gudrun Vest

Denali extension

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2019

Denali was wonderful. The staff and guides did a great job. Really enjoyed the food and evening programs. Was looking forward to train ride to Anchorage but mudslide did not allow our train ride. I thought we might be reimbursed for the train ride. Which included the first class ticket, lunch, dinner and 2 drinks. Mike Hoskinson
Travel Advisor:  Gudrun Vest

Versatile Quest

By: NanL

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2019

This small ship is perfect for those who enjoy being acquainted with virtually all their fellow travelers. The Quest can also navigate in small waterways, taking passengers to such places as the Johns Hopkins Glacier. The cabins are snug, but who wants to stay in them anyway?! Our deck's cabins enjoy floor to ceiling glass window/doors with a narrow porch-like space, not fit for chairs, but a sweet area from which to enjoy the views and air! The buffet area in the dining room is ill-designed, but no-one went hungry ;-)
Not Recommended

Lewis and Clark

By: Dan

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2019

Overpriced. Loaded with great guides, historians and geologists. Nevertheless, not a value. Also, the shipboard evening meals were served luke-warm to cold. I sent my entree back every night to be re-heated, yet upon return barely warm. A real sticking point.
Not Recommended

Costa Rica and Panama

By: Daisy

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2020

Not one of National geographis’s best