A new cruise ship is set for an eight-day expedition exploring Southeast Alaska.

The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/2uN916n ) Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic launched the Quest, its first ever new build, Saturday from Juneau.

The ship left from Anacortes, Washington, for a shake-out cruise to Alaska, arriving in Juneau Friday. Its first passengers boarded at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The 100-passenger vessel originally was expected to debut last Wednesday. But the line scrubbed that cruise, citing problems with a launch attempt. Then a little over a month ago, the vessel was damaged as it slid from the launch ramp.

The Quest will operate expeditions in Alaska through mid-September. The ship will also sail in Costa Rica, Panama and through the Canal to Belize.

 

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Photo Credit: National Geographic Sea Bird is pictured in Alaska. Operator Lindblad Expeditions has just launched a new ship to sail Alaskan itineraries for the season. Michael Nolan and CT Ticknor / Lindblad Expeditions