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National Geographic Venture
Built in 2017, the National Geographic Venture is a 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 Venture’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, Venture offers an intimate expedition ship experience. All cabins 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. Cabins are equipped with modern en suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi access and USB outlets. Well-equipped for exploration, Venture sails with 24 two-person kayaks and eight expedition landing crafts to get everyone off the ship and on to adventure quickly—and a remotely operated vehicle, hydrophone and underwater camera make sure you won’t miss action under the sea. Meals feature fresh, local, sustainable ingredients, while a lounge with wraparound windows, multiple high-definition screens and a small reference library is the gathering spot for everything from cocktail hour to guest speakers, interpretation and photography talks. Enjoy massages at the onboard spa and workouts at the fitness center.

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Room types on the Venture
All cabins are outside-facing and include individual climate controls, a modern bathroom and a writing desk.

Category 1: Main deck cabins toward the bow with one or two portholes and two lower single beds that convert to a queen (136 square feet)
Category 2: Main deck cabins toward mid-ship and aft with two portholes and two lower single beds that can convert to a queen (161 square feet)
Category 3: Cabins toward the bow of the upper deck with one large window and two lower single beds that convert to a queen (151 square feet)
Category 4: Cabins on upper deck have a sliding glass door and small, private balcony. Two lower single beds convert to a queen. (151 square feet)
Category 5: Spacious observation deck suites with two lower single beds that convert to a queen, large windows, an expanded bathroom, ample storage space and a convertible sofa bed that can accommodate a third person (187 square feet)
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