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From Southern California to Baja (NG Venture)

Be among the first to enjoy the stunning National Geographic Venture on this exclusive inaugural voyage. Experience the splendid and surprising diversity of the Pacific coast as we explore from Los Angeles to La Paz, Mexico. Discover the region’s world-renowned food and wine, including a private lunch at a boutique vineyard in the world-renowned Valle de Guadalupe. Meet the residents of Isla Natividad, an incredibly successful coop within the Vizcaino Biosphere, and learn the inspiring story of their sustainable fishing practices. Hang out with expedition naturalist as they scour the horizon for migrating whales and nesting birds to share with you. Make images with your certified photo instructor. Enjoy daily morning stretch classes on deck and wellness treatments in Venture’s sublime spa. And count on an extraordinary experience— your entire expedition team is committed to doing whatever it takes.

11 December, 2019 to 23 December, 2019 Make a booking request for From Southern California to Baja (NG Venture), departing on 11 December, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6339 GBP pp
Cat 1 #301-306 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two portholes. Each cabin has individual climate controls, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking. Botanically-inspired shampoo, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit. Hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 2 £ 7176 GBP pp
Cat 2 #307-315 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two portholes. Each cabin has individual climate controls, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking. Botanically-inspired shampoo, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit. Hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 3 £ 8013 GBP pp
Cat 3 #201-206 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and a large view window. Each cabin has individual climate controls, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking. Botanically-inspired shampoo, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit. Hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 4 £ 8931 GBP pp
Cat 4 #207-229 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, sliding glass door and small, private balcony. Each cabin has individual climate controls, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking. Botanically-inspired shampoo, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit. Hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 1 Solo £ 9514 GBP pp
Category 5 Suite £ 9930 GBP pp
Observation Deck #101-108 (Suite) Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person. Each cabin has individual climate controls, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking. Botanically-inspired shampoo, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit. Hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 2 Solo £ 10848 GBP pp
12 December, 2019 to 23 December, 2019 Make a booking request for From Southern California to Baja (NG Venture), departing on 12 December, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 6339 GBP pp
Cat 1 #301-306 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two portholes. Each cabin has individual climate controls, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking. Botanically-inspired shampoo, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit. Hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 7176 GBP pp
Cat 2 #307-315 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two portholes. Each cabin has individual climate controls, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking. Botanically-inspired shampoo, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit. Hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 8013 GBP pp
Cat 3 #201-206 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and a large view window. Each cabin has individual climate controls, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking. Botanically-inspired shampoo, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit. Hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
view cabin photo
Category 4 £ 8931 GBP pp
Cat 4 #207-229 Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, sliding glass door and small, private balcony. Each cabin has individual climate controls, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking. Botanically-inspired shampoo, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit. Hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 1 Solo £ 9514 GBP pp
Category 5 Suite £ 9930 GBP pp
Observation Deck #101-108 (Suite) Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person. Each cabin has individual climate controls, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking. Botanically-inspired shampoo, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit. Hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 2 Solo £ 10848 GBP pp

From Southern California to Baja (NG Venture) itinerary:

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DAY 1: Arrive Los Angeles/Embark NG Venture
Arrive in Los Angeles, where you’ll embark NG Venture. (D)
DAY 2-3: Channel Islands National Park/Catalina Island
Not far from the city lights, these islands are a world away; home to incredibly diverse and endemic flora and fauna. On Catalina, join a member of the Catalina Conservancy for a hike or explore the shoreline via paddle board, kayak, or Zodiac. Then, be our guest at a private cocktail reception and behind-the-scenes tour of the Catalina Casino. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe
Vineyards and culinary marvels await as we explore one of the world’s emerging wine regions, the Valle de Guadalupe. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: San Quintin Exploration
2018 is National Geographic’s Year of the Bird, and designated Bird Ambassadors will be ready to share as we explore Bahía de San Quintín and the surrounding wetlands. (B,L,D)
DAY 6-8: Guerrero Negro/Islas San Benito/Isla Natividad/At Sea
Tour the world’s largest salt works in Guerrero Negro and learn about the communities’ efforts to balance booming industry with fragile environments. Explore Ojo de Liebre lagoon and its plentiful wildlife before sailing to Islas San Benito, home to thousands of breeding elephant seals. Next, join us on Isla Natividad to learn of this community’s exemplary protection of the Vizcaino Biosphere. We’ll be at sea the following day searching for a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale, listening to naturalist talks, and learning photography tips and tricks. (B,L,D)
DAY 9: Bahia Magdalena
Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena, on a walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific. (B,L,D)
DAY 10: Los Cabos and Gorda Banks
Cruise past Friars Rocks and visit the historic town center of San Jóse del Cabo before cruising Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, renowned gathering places for whales, dolphins and other marine life. (B,L,D)
DAY 11-12: Cabo Pulmo/Los Islotes/Espíritu Santo
Snorkel the pristine reefs of Cabo Pulmo National Park and chat with locals about their advocacy to protect this unique place. With luck, swim with sea lions before relaxing ashore—swim, kayak or hike at Isla Espíritu Santo, a gorgeous, uninhabited island, complete with a beach barbeque, bonfire and star-filled sky. (B,L,D)
DAY 13: La Paz/Disembark/San Jose del Cabo
Disembark in La Paz and transfer to Los Cabos airport for flights home. (B)
Please Note:
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

From Southern California to Baja (NG Venture) reverse itinerary:

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All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
Disembark in La Paz and transfer to Los Cabos airport for flights home. (B)
Snorkel the pristine reefs of Cabo Pulmo National Park and chat with locals about their advocacy to protect this unique place. With luck, swim with sea lions before relaxing ashore—swim, kayak or hike at Isla Espíritu Santo, a gorgeous, uninhabited island, complete with a beach barbeque, bonfire and star-filled sky. (B,L,D)
Cruise past Friars Rocks and visit the historic town center of San Jóse del Cabo before cruising Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, renowned gathering places for whales, dolphins and other marine life. (B,L,D)
Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena, on a walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific. (B,L,D)
Tour the world’s largest salt works in Guerrero Negro and learn about the communities’ efforts to balance booming industry with fragile environments. Explore Ojo de Liebre lagoon and its plentiful wildlife before sailing to Islas San Benito, home to thousands of breeding elephant seals. Next, join us on Isla Natividad to learn of this community’s exemplary protection of the Vizcaino Biosphere. We’ll be at sea the following day searching for a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale, listening to naturalist talks, and learning photography tips and tricks. (B,L,D)
2018 is National Geographic’s Year of the Bird, and designated Bird Ambassadors will be ready to share as we explore Bahía de San Quintín and the surrounding wetlands. (B,L,D)
Vineyards and culinary marvels await as we explore one of the world’s emerging wine regions, the Valle de Guadalupe. (B,L,D)
Not far from the city lights, these islands are a world away; home to incredibly diverse and endemic flora and fauna. On Catalina, join a member of the Catalina Conservancy for a hike or explore the shoreline via paddle board, kayak, or Zodiac. Then, be our guest at a private cocktail reception and behind-the-scenes tour of the Catalina Casino. (B,L,D)
Arrive in Los Angeles, where you’ll embark NG Venture. (D)
* = Indicative
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National Geographic Venture, the ship servicing From Southern California to Baja (NG Venture)

National Geographic Venture

Launched 2018

Capacity - 100
Designed with over 50 years of expedition heritage, National Geographic Venture is able to explore the same remote locations as National Geographic have sought out for decades while setting a new standard in comfort and style.  She will follow National Geographic Quest in featuring step-out balconies (available in 22 of the 50 spacious cabins), plus 6 sets of connecting cabins for families and groups; a Sun Deck bar, and a designated mudroom for expedition gear.  

Comfortably accommodating 100 guests, Venture has a shallow draft depth, allowing us to navigate the same inner reaches and provide the same intimate experiences of the charismatic regions we explore. Her twin expedition craft landing platforms allow you to get on and off the ship quickly to take advantage of wildlife sightings and to ensure we maximize our time off the ship exploring. Designed with decades of expedition experience in the region, the purpose-built vessel also features open decks, generous windows, and specialty tools for exploration—the ideal platform for sailing into the fast-moving channels and shallow coves of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and for exploring the tropical waterways of Central America.

Remotely Operated Vehicle
Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you, like many of our guests, will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean.

Kayaks
National Geographic Venture is equipped with 24 two-person kayaks—a fleet large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity.

Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary—many of our guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Our custom-designed floating platform lets us deploy kayaks from the ship, or any location we want—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch.

Underwater camera
Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition, even in Alaska, with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment.

Video microscope
Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding live views of krill at 80x magnification fills the high-definition screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of otherwise unobservable creatures.

Hydrophone
This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system.

Electronic charts
An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge.

Open bridge
You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. Venture’s open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers.

Snorkeling gear & wetsuits
On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.

Cabin layout for National Geographic Venture
• See why everyone is talking about the vineyards of Valle de Guadalupe

• Learn about the region’s culture with exclusive visits to the world’s largest salt mine in Guerrero Negro; and tour the small fish processing plant of Isla Natividad’s fishing coop

• Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena and count the 40 species of birds inhabit this area

• Watch the sunrise illuminate El Arco de Cabo San Lucas

• Snorkel in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the only hard coral reef in North America; featuring over 220 species of fish
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