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National Geographic Explorer Arctic and Antarctic Cruises

Arguably the finest expedition cruise ship on the Polar seas

A polar cruise on board the National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer exterior
National Geographic Explorer exterior
National Geographic Explorer exterior

The flagship of the National Geographic fleet, the Explorer travels from pole to pole each year, spending winters in Antarctica and summers in the Arctic.

The National Geographic Explorer is arguably the finest expedition vessel on the seas. A state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ship, the Explorer comfortably accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins, each with outside views, private en-suite bathrooms, and a sleek, modern style.

The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of zodiacs, as well as sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. Public areas include a lounge and bar, a library, a spa, a fitness center, and a sauna. Services include a full-time doctor, a wellness specialist, and an Internet café.

Amenities on board the National Geographic Explorer



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Medical Services


Observation Lounge


Fitness Center







zodiac fleet

Zodiac Fleet

Food & Drinks on board the National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer includes a selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients.

National Geographic Explorer's take on sustainable traveling

The unique travel experiences aboard the Explorer aim to inspire people to care about the planet by providing meaningful opportunities to explore it. The National Geographic Explorer 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.

More info about the National Geographic Explorer

Mid-Sized Ship
112 meters
16.5 meters
Cruising speed
15.4 Knots
4.7 meters
Gross tonnage
6471 Tons

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