National Geographic Explorer


The National Geographic Explorer is billed as the ‘The World’s Ultimate Expedition Ship’ and, believe us, she certainly doesn’t disappoint.

A powerhouse of polar expeditions, the National Geographic Explorer is a specialist Antarctica cruise ship with a well-deserved international reputation. Accommodating a maximum of 148 guests in 81 cabins, she is THE state-of-the-art ship for an Antarctica adventure and the flagship of the Lindblad fleet.

A fully stabilised, ice-class vessel with an ice-reinforced hull, the National Geographic Explorer can navigate deeper into polar passages than many other ships, whilst providing outstanding comfort at the same time. She is fully kitted out for excursions into Antarctica’s most pristine pockets, with kayaks and an excellent fleet of Zodiac landing craft.  Not only this, but a dedicated undersea specialist mans a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and cutting-edge video equipment, giving passengers a unique and very privileged glimpse into the underwater world.

Antarctica Cruise Ship Highlights

  • Ice-class ship with ice-reinforced hull
  • International meals with local flair
  • National Geographic photographer
  • LEX/NG-certified photo-instructor
  • Bistro bar
  • Glass-enclosed fitness centre
  • Global gallery
  • Films, slideshows and presentations
  • Library
  • Lounge with full-service bar
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Internet cafe
  • Meals in single seatings with unassigned tables for easy mingling
  • Zodiac landing craft
  • LEX spa treatment rooms and sauna
  • ‘Open bridge’
  • Observation lounge
  • Mud room with lockers for expedition gear
  • Full-time doctor
  • Underseas specialist
  • Underwater video camera
  • Crow’s nest remote control camera

The National Geographic Explorer Deck Plan

Please click here for a full deck plan of this Antarctica cruise ship.

The National Geographic Explorer can accommodate a maximum of 148 passengers in 81 outside cabins. All of the cabins face outside with either oversized windows or portholes. Decorated in soothing earthy tones, they all include private en-suite facilities and climate controls. Some cabins also feature balconies. Whichever category you choose, you’ll be treated to incredible panoramic views throughout your Antarctica cruise.

Every cabin aboard this Antarctica cruise ship features a large desk and plenty of drawer space as well as a flat-screen TV and movie channel showing National Geographic documentaries. A public address system will also keep you alerted to any wildlife sightings, so that you can grab your camera and go! Bathrooms are generous in size, with glass-screened showers, top notch toiletries, cosy robes and hairdryers. Single cabins are only slightly smaller than doubles and come with exactly the same amenities.

Thirteen of the National Geographic Explorer’s cabins feature private balconies with chairs and a large sliding glass door. Suites include expansive windows or balconies as well as a spacious living area for optimum relaxation and comfort.

There are 10 different cabin categories aboard the National Geographic Explorer:

cruise-antarctica-ng-explorer-bathroomCategory 1

Main Deck with one or two portholes

Category 2

Main Deck with window

Category 3

Main Deck with window

cruise-antarctica-category-4-cabin-ng-explorerCategory 4

Upper and Veranda Decks with window

Category 5

Upper Deck with balcony

Category 6

Veranda Deck Suites and Upper Deck Suite with balcony

Cruise-antarctica-ng-explorer-cat-5Category 7

Upper Deck Suite with balcony

Category A Solo

Main Deck with window

Category B Solo

Upper and Veranda Decks with window

Cruise-antarctica-ng-explorer-7Category 3 Triple

Main deck with window

Please note: The majority of the double cabins aboard this Antarctica cruise ship have two lower single beds, although some of these can be converted to a queen-sized bed. There are 14 double cabins with queen-sized beds. Third person rates are available in the designated triple occupancy cabins at one-half the double occupancy rate. Of the double cabins, 7 can accommodate a third person.

NG-Explorer-Antarctica-Cruise-Michael-S-NolanEach year, the National Geographic Explorer sets off on a handful of unique and memorable Antarctica cruises. Every voyage is different and packed with both interesting ports of call and a long list of polar activities.

Here are the Antarctica adventures that the National Geographic Explorer has in store over the coming months.

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands – 22 days Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent – 12 days Ushuaia to Ushuaia

South Georgia and the Falklands – 17 days Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Choosing a cruise to Antarctica is tricky feat, with so many ships and itineraries available. At Cruise Antarctica, we’ve put together a comprehensive 18-page guide to cruising Antarctica, detailing the differences between voyages and ships. You can download the FREE guide by completing the for below:

Pricing guide: Category 1 Twin (lead in cabin with en suite) starts from AU$14,410pp for 14 days (Antarctic Peninsula) AU$24,920pp for 22 days (Peninsula + Falklands/South Georgia). Higher category cabins available, book early to avoid disappointment. Please get in touch with our team at Cruise Antarctica on 1300 654 861 for details.