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National Geographic Quest Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Fun Combination of Costa Rica Nature and a Panama Canal Crossing

Review for National Geographic Quest to the Panama Canal & Central America
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2018

We love the Lindblad / National Geographic Expeditions cruises because of their superb naturalists and their insight into wilderness areas of the world. The Quest is a new ship in the fleet and worked well for expedition cruising. Our cabin was small with a balcony; not much open floor space but you don't spend much time in the room. The general outline of the day is: a buffet breakfast, morning zodiac trip for nature event, buffet lunch, another zodiac trip for nature event, time for a shower, cocktail hour with naturalists' presentations, dinner (usually 3+ options), and another naturalist or photography discussion after dinner.

This is an expedition cruise with the emphasis on nature, photography, country culture and history. Pretty much everything is included in the cost except for alcoholic drinks and the final tip to the staff. The ship holds 100 passengers but we had about 83. Passengers range from 20's to 90 although average in the 50-60's; they tend to be well-traveled, pretty active, and interesting. There is no set dinner seating so grouping change throughout the cruise.

The food was good but not outstanding. Usually buffets had several options with salads, fresh fruits and a few mains. Dinner is served by staff with usually 3 options available. Preparation was okay but as the first cruise this season, they had a few bugs to work out with new staff and the kitchen not at the top of their game.

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Cabin category 4

Okay...the room is very small! However, you don't spend much time in it other than sleeping and getting ready to head out for a nature or beach event. Good level of air conditioning (it is very hot and humid in Costa Rica and Panama). Closet adequate and suitcases go under the bed. Bathroom outfitted with everything needed (e.g. soap, shampoo, conditioner, blow dryer).

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