Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness on National Geographic Quest
Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness
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Unique, immersive style of travel
Exploring Southeast Alaska on our expeditions is an unrivalled experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Our expedition ships are fully equipped with tools for exploration that will enable you to:
- Venture into a land of mist shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers and islands teeming with wildlife
- Hike through lush forests to cascading waterfalls, and ride Zodiacs into secluded inlets to look for brown bears
- See the Alaska undersea through live video
- Benefit from our 30+ years of experience and relationships in Alaska to see all you came for and more
Every day is active and engaging
You’ll have the opportunity to hike over spongy earth on trails used by bears for centuries or along boardwalks built over bogs and winding through forests. You’ll take expedition landing craft past floating icebergs for closer looks at glaciers, and each day you’ll have the option to walk or kayak, and to join a different naturalist as you choose: there are no assigned groups.
Encounter iconic and abundant wildlife
Brown bears. Humpback whales. Orcas. Steller sea lions. Bald eagles. Sure-footed mountain goats on steep cliffs. The wildlife of Alaska is legendary—see it in abundance.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist––the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska. Their knowledge and passion for Alaska is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Adventure and Active
When she rolled out of Nichols Brothers shipyard and into the bay on Whidbey Island, the 100-guest National Geographic Quest became the third ship in the Lindblad fleet built at this storied Pacific Northwest shipyard. In the 1970s, Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, which continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America.
National Geographic Quest was purpose-built to explore the fast-moving channels and narrow straits of Alaska, along the coast of Costa Rica, and into the gray whale nursery lagoons of Baja, her design and engineering informed by our nearly 40 years of experience in these regions. Her twin boarding platforms, for example, were suggested by a veteran staffer. Enabling our team to load two Zodiacs at once means guests get off the ship quickly to take advantage of wildlife sightings and maximize exploring time.
Larger than her siblings Sea Bird and Sea Lion, Quest has the same shallow draft, allowing her captain to navigate the same inner reaches and provide the same intimate, "insider" experiences in these charismatic regions. Modern cleaned-lined, with large expanses of glass to keep you connected to the extraordinary views, National Geographic Quest enables you to see, do, and experience the best of her geographies.
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
Teams that do whatever it take ...
|1||Juneau, Alaska/Embark Ship|
|2||Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness|
|4||Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait|
|5||Icy Strait and the Inian Islands|
|6||Glacier Bay National Park|
|7||Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords|
|1||Sitka, Alaska/ Embark|
|2||Southeast Alaska's Island, Bays and Fjords|
|3||Icy Strait and the Inian Islands|
|4||Glacier Bay National Park|
|5||Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait|
|7||Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness|