Built in 2017, the National Geographic Quest is a new state-of-the-art expedition vessel designed to navigate coastal waters where wildlife congregates. An open bow and spacious sundecks create optimum open-air vantage points for wildlife viewing, and a twin expedition craft landing platform ensures quick trips on and off the ship for closer exploration. Small coves and other hard-to-reach places become accessible with Quest’s exceptionally shallow draft, and large, luxurious cabins are a comfortable and relaxing place to retire to at the end of an active day.
Accommodating 100 guests in 50 cabins, Quest offers an intimate expedition ship experience. All have views to the outside, with two portholes and a large window or balcony. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors access small balconies on 22 of the cabins, and a dozen more can connect via internal doorways for families. Modern en suite bathrooms are stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap and shower gel, plus a hair dryer. Cabins have Wi-Fi access, USB outlets and individual temperature controls. A condensed version of The New York Times is printed aboard each day, and satellite phones are available for phone calls at additional charge. All decks have elevator access, and a mud room next to the expedition landing area has lockers for gear and boot storage.
Meals are shared with Expedition Leaders, naturalists and guest speakers in the dining room, and feature fresh, local, sustainable ingredients whenever possible. With wraparound windows, multiple high-definition screens and a small reference library, the lounge is the space for social congregation, for everything from cocktail hour to evening recaps with guest speakers, interpretation and photography talks. A free photo-editing kiosk is also located in the lounge for passengers to sort and transfer photographs. Massages and body treatments are available at the onboard spa, and a fitness center offers opportunities to stay in shape.
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