National Geographic Endurance

National Geographic Endurance: Arctic and Antarctic Cruises

Designed for comfort and adventure

A polar cruise on board the National Geographic Endurance

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Medical Services

The National Geographic Endurance was launched in 2020 and is one of the newest arctic and antarctic exploration vessels currently operating. She was named in honor of the ship of the famous polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Built from the ground up to navigate remote polar regions year-round, she was also designed to provide exceptional comfort for her passengers. The National Geographic Endurance can safely explore notoriously difficult waters with ease, including passages off Northeast Greenland, journeying to the remote Jan Mayen island, navigating the infamous Northeast Passage, and more.

The National Geographic Endurance offers accommodation for only 126 guests in 69 spacious cabins, all of which are outside facing and enjoy large windows or balconies, private bathrooms, individual climate control, Wi-Fi, and a state-of-the-art expedition command center with tablets and USB/mobile device docking.

As well as a fleet of robust zodiacs, she’s also equipped with kayaks, snowshoes, and cross-country skis, allowing guests to explore areas on foot that can’t be experienced on other vessels. In addition, she is equipped with specialized equipment that allows the onboard naturalist guides unique access and ability to share the underwater world with guests.

Public areas include a lounge with a relaxed bar, a gym, a yoga studio, an infinity-edge outdoor hot tub, saunas with ocean views, a well-stocked library, a spa, a state-of-the-art lecture room, and a photo workshop area. Services aboard the ship include a full-time doctor, a National Geographic photographer, a certified photo instructor, a video chronicler, a wellness specialist, a laundry service, and an internet café.

Pictures and Deck Plans of the National Geographic Endurance

National Geographic Endurance exterior
National Geographic Endurance exterior
National Geographic Endurance

Amenities on board the National Geographic Endurance


Fitness Center




Lecture Theater

zodiac fleet

Zodiac Fleet




Observation Lounge

hot tub

Hot Tub





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Medical Services



National Geographic Endurance's take on sustainable traveling

The unique travel experiences aboard the Endurance aim to inspire people to care about the planet by providing meaningful opportunities to explore it. The National Geographic Endurance is committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each destination she visits by supporting local economies and by empowering passionate passengers who remain committed to protecting the places and people they encounter long after returning home.

Every year, National Geographic distributes a portion of its proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society, which awards more than 575 grants a year to scientists, educators, innovators, and storytellers around the globe who are working to preserve species and ecosystems, protect cultures, and advance understanding of our planet and its inhabitants.

These initiatives include the Pristine Seas Project, which seeks to identify and preserve the last untouched areas in the ocean.

These initiatives include the Pristine Seas Project, which seeks to identify and preserve the last untouched areas in the ocean.

More info about the National Geographic Endurance


First Class Ship


Expedition Cruise Ship


ice-strengthened (Ulstein CX104)


124 meters

Crew members


Gross tonnage

12000 Tons

Cruising speed

17 Knots


21 meters



Year built


Food & Drinks on board the National Geographic Endurance

The two restaurants aboard the Endurance feature local, sustainable cuisine, plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining.

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