Lindblad Expeditions' new ship, the National Geographic Quest, made its inaugural voyage from Juneau, Alaska, on July 29.

The introduction of the 100-passenger ship, the first newbuild ever for Lindblad, was delayed for a month by a flawed launch at the shipyard that damaged a rudder and propeller.

The inaugural cruise was an eight-day trip in southeast Alaska. After doing a few cruises in Alaska, the ship will depart Sept. 2 for a series of voyages between Seattle and Vancouver before leaving in December for winter sailing in Panama and Costa Rica.

Sven Lindblad, CEO and President of Lindblad Expeditions, praised his team for "having played an important role in the building and launch of the most sophisticated and beautiful ship built in the U.S. in decades."

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