She will be called National Geographic Venture and will make her inaugural voyage in June 2018. The sister ship to the National Geographic Quest, which is launching in June 2017, Venture is currently being built in Seattle (USA) and when completed will host 100 guests across 50 cabins.
Twenty two cabins boast step-out balconies, and there are six sets of connecting cabins for families and groups, plus all category 5 cabins can accommodate a third guest.
The ship will be outfitted with a fleet of 24 sea kayaks, paddle boards, snorkelling equipment, and Zodiacs, all geared to get guests out and into the wild, remote places being explored; state-of-the-art expedition technology, including a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), video microscope, a hydrophone and underwater cameras.
National Geographic Venture will sail on 24 June 2018 on Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia. This 14-day expedition will give the ship a day in the San Juan Islands and a day in the Gulf Islands before heading north through BC and Alaska. She will then do the 8-day Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness for eight departures; another Treasures of the Inside Passage in September, followed by six 8-day San Juan Islands & British Columbia departures.