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Antarctica expedition cruises

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer is a fully-stabilized, ice-class vessel with a DNV Ice-1A Super rating on her forward hull. The ship was designed and built for safe exploration in the planet's remote polar regions.

Class: Antarctic Category 1
Style: Luxury polar expedition
Passengers: 148 maximum
Length: 367 ft
Cruising speed: 12 knots

Cabin prices:

Introducing 'National Geographic Explorer'

Inaugurated in 2008, National Geographic Explorer is the result of almost 200 years of collective expedition experience. Originally built for service along Norway's coast, Explorer is equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions.

Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 cabins, including 13 cabins with private balconies, six spacious suites and 14 cabins specifically designed for solo travelers. At 367 feet with six decks, she is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms to view the passing landscape. The ambiance onboard is friendly and informal.

On board 'National Geographic Explorer'

Cabins

National Geographic Explorer cabin Category 7 Cabin

Category 7 Cabin

Number of cabins of this type: 3

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

National Geographic Explorer cabin Category 6 Cabin

Category 6 Cabin

Number of cabins of this type: 3

Bed configuration: twin beds or double bed, with extra pull-out bed

National Geographic Explorer cabin Category 5 Cabin

Category 5 Cabin

Number of cabins of this type: 9

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

National Geographic Explorer cabin Category 4 Cabin

Category 4 Cabin

Number of cabins of this type: 15

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

National Geographic Explorer cabin Category 3 Cabin

Category 3 Cabin

Number of cabins of this type: 21

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

National Geographic Explorer cabin Category 2 Cabin

Category 2 Cabin

Number of cabins of this type: 6

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

National Geographic Explorer cabin Category 1 Cabin

Category 1 Cabin

Number of cabins of this type: 8

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

National Geographic Explorer cabin Solo Cabin A

Solo Cabin A

Number of cabins of this type: 10

Bed configuration: single bed

National Geographic Explorer cabin Solo Cabin B

Solo Cabin B

Number of cabins of this type: 4

Bed configuration: single bed

Decks

National Geographic Explorer deck B Deck

B Deck

(Deck level: 6)

National Geographic Explorer deck Main Deck

Main Deck

(Deck level: 5)

National Geographic Explorer deck Upper Deck

Upper Deck

(Deck level: 4)

National Geographic Explorer deck Veranda Deck

Veranda Deck

(Deck level: 3)

National Geographic Explorer deck Wellness Deck

Wellness Deck

(Deck level: 2)

National Geographic Explorer deck Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck

(Deck level: 1)

Voyages in detail

Important

Everyone visiting Antarctica and the South Atlantic must recognise the obvious: that conditions can intervene at short notice and a voyage's planned itinerary must be altered. Make sure you read 'A very important note on published itineraries' in 'How to choose an Antarctic cruise'.

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Some of the sites that may be visited

Falklands Museum

(planned for Day 18)

The main aim of the Falkland Islands Museum is to promote awareness and appreciation of the history and heritage of the Falkland Islands and to protect this for future generations.

The museum has a lot to offer. There are galleries covering the islands' natural history, social aspects and communications (such as radio and telephone), the maritime history (Stanley was a ships’ graveyard as well as a refuge for intrepid explorers and engineers), and the islands' role in Antarctic exploration. There is a moving display covering the 1982 war.

The museum is run by the Falklands National Trust and is located on the site of the historical dockyard at Stanley.

  • Observation lounge
  • Library
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa and sauna
  • Lounge
  • Sundeck
  • Chart room
  • Bridge
  • Dining room
  • Gallery space (shop)
  • Reception
  • Internet cafe with iMac station for uploading and editing photographs
  • Laundry service
  • Medical room
  • Zodiacs
  • Kayaks
  • Snorkeling (only on warm weather itineraries)
  • Underwater camera
  • Land excursions
  • Snowshoeing (early season only)
  • Skiing on frozen ice (early season only)
  • Presentations by different specialists onboard (e.g. the underwater specialist)
  • Wellness program including morning yoga classes
  • Open bridge policy where you can chat to the captains

Maximum number of passengers

148

Naturalist guides

Crew members

70

Overall length (ft)

367

Cruising speed

12

Gross tonnage

5471

Draft

15

Other technical information

Ice Class 1A

Length 112 m

Cruising speed 14mph

Max. speed 15.5 knots (17 mph)

This information has been provided by the boat operator and is subject to alteration

Customer reviews for National Geographic Explorer

Sailings for 'National Geographic Explorer'

Our prices

Prices are per person. The prices shown here are the current prices charged locally by each boat in their chosen currency. We charge our UK customers the equivalent price converted to British pounds at the current exchange rate. This helps keep prices low and protects you from currency fluctuations.

Our price promise

Our prices should be the best available anywhere. If you find a better price elsewhere please let us know: we will certainly try to match or beat it.

Complete trips

An expedition cruise is only part of your complete trip. Discuss your ideas with us. Our well-travelled experts can arrange your international flights from the UK, and design all the other parts of your trip in Argentina, Chile or elsewhere to fit the exact dates of your cruise and the things you want to do, and to make the best use of your time and budget. There is no obligation until you are ready to go ahead.

Your financial protection

By booking your trip with us you also benefit from our 100% financial protection and the knowledge that if anything goes wrong, or your plans change, our friendly experienced and resourceful travel specialists are here to help you.

Special offers

Special offers are often available (some are very generous) but they may only be open for short periods. Contact us to find out which offers are available now.

Cruise Starts Ends Nights Category 7 Cabin Category 6 Cabin Category 5 Cabin Category 4 Cabin Category 3 Cabin Category 2 Cabin Category 1 Cabin Solo Cabin A