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National Geographic Quest
Alaska, United States of America
At a Glance
Smaller than many expedition vessels in the region meaning the National Geographic Quest can reach places inaccessible to other cruises
All cabins are outwards facing, allowing you to enjoy views of the incredible scenery from each and every room
National Geographic affiliated vessel, providing fantastic guiding and an incredible Alaskan experience
Equipped with cool gadgets to enhance your cruise, including an underwater camera which can be watched live from the lounge and a hydrophone for listening to the calls of the whales and dolphins
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Alaska cruises on board the National Geographic Quest run between May and September on set departure dates. This is the best time to visit Alaska, when temperatures are at their warmest and the number of daylight hours at their peak.
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Discover the maze of fjords, glaciers & forested mountains that make up Alaska's Inside Passage as you cruise on the National Geographic Quest, new for 2018. Brilliant naturalist guides accompany you on expeditions to observe whales and other wildlife.
For an Alaskan experience rich in both wildlife and culture, a cruise on board the National Geographic Quest will ensure an unforgettable adventure, winding through the maze of fjords, mountains and glaciers that make up Alaska's Inside Passage. Accompanied by highly specialized naturalist guides you will sail alongside huge pods of orca whales, breaching humpback whales, brown bears foraging for food on the banks and impressive glaciers emitting a thunderous roar as vast chunks of ice calve off into the water around you.
The brand new Quest replaces the Sea Bird and Sea lion ships and it is a 100-passenger expedition vessel, its relatively small size allowing it to reach areas which are inaccessible to the larger cruise ships that sail Alaska's waters, getting into secluded coves and cosy inlets. Despite its small size, comfort is key and there are plenty of facilities on board to ensure your time on board is enjoyable, with plenty of space to simply relax when not out exploring the Alaskan wilderness. An open bow and sundeck make for the perfect gathering spots from which to observe wildlife or simply sip a cocktail as you wait to anchor.
Out of the 50 cabins on-board, 22 now have step-out balconies and although it is slightly larger than its predecessor but it has the same narrow shaft so can still get to the hardly reached areas for the best scenery and hopefully the best wildlife viewing as well.
Cabins on board the Sea Bird and Sea Lion are all outwards facing with either a window or porthole for soaking in the scenery as you glide past. They are cleverly designed to maximize space, with plenty of storage for luggage and all of them come equipped with a private ensuite bathroom, wardrobe space and under-bed drawers. WiFi is available and each cabin also has a PA system which can be turned on should you wish to be alerted to any wildlife sightings before your breakfast wake-up call.
The Quest has 50 spacious cabins on-board sleeping up to 100 passengers all of which are outwards facing and have either a window or porthole from which to observe your surroundings. All of the cabins on the upper deck and the bridge also open onto the outside. There are 22 cabins with step-out balconies which is a first on this type of ship. Double occupancy cabins come equipped with two single beds and category three cabins feature two lower single beds which can be converted into a double, as well as an additional single bed which pulls-out for a third person as required. Temperature controls and cotton bedding keep cabins comfortable.
WiFi is available and a PA system allows you to listen to wildlife lectures whilst enjoying the comfort of your own space, as well as alerting you to any wildlife encounters as and when they may arise should you wish to keep it switched on through the night.
Facilities on board include a bar which serves a selection of wines, cocktails, specialty drinks and spirits. Please note that the drinking age on board is 21. There is also a fitness area located out on the deck which supplies a range of exercise equipment, a lounge where wildlife lectures, photography talks and cocktail hours are held and a small library with board games and playing cards. Massages and a variety of treatments are also available and guests are welcome to go up onto the bridge to chat to the watch officer or borrow a pair of binoculars to better enjoy the views.
Experience Alaska's wilderness regions on a series of adventurous and cultural excursions, accompanied by specialist, National Geographic certified guides. Kayak across breathtaking bays, hike through thick forest, visit small local towns and communities, cycle along the edge of glacial lakes, enjoy dance demonstrations and marvel at vast glaciers, impressive scenery and spectacular wildlife.
Day 1 - National Geographic Sea Lion & Sea Bird - Wild Alaska Escape
Begin your week-long adventure in the oceanfront town of Sitka in southeast Alaska where you will enjoy on-shore excursions before boarding the National Geographic Sea Bird in the evening.
Day 2 - National Geographic Sea Lion & Sea Bird - Wild Alaska Escape
Your first day of adventure is the perfect introduction to the wilderness of the Inside Passage and the dramatic glacial landscapes. Kayak deep into the secluded bays of either the Baranof or Chichagof Islands and marvel at the mirror-like surface.
Day 3 - National Geographic Sea Lion & Sea Bird - Wild Alaska Escape
Today you will explore the northern frontier of Alaska's Inside Passage, with plenty of opportunities for adventure as you discover the Lynn Canal, where the mighty Chilkat River joins the sea.
Day 4 - National Geographic Sea Lion & Sea Bird - Wild Alaska Escape
Known as the adventure capital of Alaska, Haines is your base today and you will have the opportunity to choose from a range of exciting experiences dependent on how adventurous you may be feeling!
Day 5 - National Geographic Sea Lion & Sea Bird - Wild Alaska Escape
Awake this morning in the serene Tracy Arm and spend today exploring the Fords Terror Wilderness, a stunning glacially-carved region which is rich with wildlife and brimming with natural beauty.
Location & directions
Alaska, United States of America
Cruises on board the National Geographic Quest travel around Alaska's Inside Passage, surrounded by fjordland, forests and mountains.
How to get there
Begin your journey in either Sitka or Juneau, on the southeastern coast of Alaska. Juneau s only accessible by air or sea and you can fly directly from Seattle or from Anchorage. To reach Sitka it is a 40-minute flight from Juneau.