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Does this penguin have an itch?
$23,100
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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

22 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Witness Antarctic ice
  • See massive wildlife spectacles
  • Experience polar wonders
  • Explore three distinct regions
The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this 22-day expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. It’s the impossible beauty of Antarctica exponentially increased by unimaginable numbers of animals - king penguins, albatross colonies, and more!
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Brown Bluff, Buenos Aires, Drake Passage, Lemaire Channel, Port of Ushuaia
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View the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel
$13,940
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Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn

14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Discover Torres del Paine
  • Explore Isla de los Estados
  • See storied Cape Horn
  • Zodiac cruise and kayak
Discover the breadth of Patagonia’s wildness on a 14-day land-and-sea expedition. Savor the grandeur of Torres del Paine’s iconic landscapes and profusion of wildlife. Then, explore the fjords, glaciers, and panoramic vistas of Patagonia’s coast and waterways, including Isla De Los Estados, Yendegaia and Karukinka, and Cape Horn.
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Argentina, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Buenos Aires, Cape Horn, Isla de los Estados, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, Santiago, Torres del Paine, Yendegaia
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Walrus and her pup
$25,990
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Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands

23 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike
  • Trace the fjords of NW Greenland
  • Encounter cultural legacies
  • Explore Iceland's capital Reykjavík
  • Follow in the wake of explorers
  • Observe a variety of wildlife
Experience unbridled 21st-century exploration as you venture to new frontiers deep into the far reaches of the Arctic to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike the tundra. Follow in the wake of legendary explorers and hear their dramatic stories, spot arctic wildlife, and marvel at hardy Inuit communities.
Activities: Adventure Options, Archaeological Sites, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Devon Island, Ellesmere Island, Ilulissat, Kangerlussuaq, Lancaster Sound, Qaannaq, Qikiqtarjuaq, Reykjavik, Sisimiut, Sisimiut Coast, Sondre Stromfjord, Uummannaq
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Disko Bay
$6,990
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Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Feel the contrasts of fire and ice
  • Sail among massive icebergs
  • Dine on Viðey Island
  • Meet Greenlanders & their culture
  • Hike, kayak, swim & horseback ride
Discover the true natures of geologically extraordinary Iceland and Greenland on this 8-day adventure. See epic ice—by air & sea, search for wildlife, and fall under the spell of urban Reykjavik.
Activities: Adventure Options, Archaeological Sites, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Whale Watching
Places: Disko Bay, Ilulissat, Kangerlussuaq, Reykjavik, Sisimiut
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Travelers catching a glimpse of a Minke Whale on a zodiac trip.
$13,360
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Journey to Antarctica - The White Continent

12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Encounter iconic wildlife
  • Kayak among icebergs
  • Experience the undersea Antarctic
  • See legendary landscapes & habitats
This 12-day classic Antarctica itinerary delivers huge tabular icebergs, sculptural bergs floating in pools of turquoise blue melt water, mountains rising some 9,000 feet straight up from the sea, penguins galore, abundant marine mammals and experiences like cruising through the solemn majesty of the Lemaire Channel, among many more.
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Argentina, South America, Buenos Aires, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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A young polar bear snuggles up to its mother
$10,220
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Land of Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • View polar bears on the pack ice
  • Observe walruses and other wildlife
  • Hike, walk, Zodiac cruise & kayak
  • Enjoy superlative photos ops
Go deep into the Arctic on this 10-day voyage to experience wildlife in its natural habitat: discover and observe polar bears, walrus, reindeer, and the other unique creatures of the ice. This Arctic itinerary is focused on delivering that experience in exceptional depth aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Longyearbyen, Oslo
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Travelers photographing walrus relaxing on the bank.
$16,570
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Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Explore northern narrows & glaciers
  • Hike, walk, and kayak
  • Enjoy the wilds of Svalbard
  • Follow the fjord-carved coast
Follow Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromso and Bear Island on the way to Svalbard, where polar bears prowl and walruses haul out on rocky shores.
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Bear Island, Bergen, Edgeøya, Hellemobotn, Hornsund, Lofoten Islands, Longyearbyen, Melfjord, Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier), Nordfjord, Oslo, Smola, Trollfjord, Tromso, Tysfjorden
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Torres del Paine
$8,950
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Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina's Staten Island

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Venture into wildlife reserves
  • Explore Isla de los Estados
  • Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike
  • Take advantage of superb photo ops
Experience the iconic wildness of Patagonia’s saw-toothed peaks, cerulean glaciers, and soaring fjords over 10 days of exploration. Discover Chilean Patagonia’s highlights including the stunning Beagle Channel and famous Cape Horn. Hike, kayak, and Zodiac cruise wild fjords, and explore wildlife reserves not easily accessible to the public.
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Argentina, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Buenos Aires, Cape Horn, Isla de los Estados, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, Santiago, Yendegaia
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Cahuelmo Fjord, Chile
$18,990
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Rounding the Cape: Chilean Patagonia & Argentina's Staten Island

18 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • See Torres del Paine National Park
  • Venture through wildlife reserves
  • Explore Isla de los Estados
  • Transit the Beagle Channel
Discover this near-mythic, awe-inspiring landscape that stretches across the Andes from the Atlantic to the Pacific and down to Cape Horn. See its rare wildlife, saw-toothed mountains, deep fjords, and bright blue glaciers. Plus, venture to Argentina’s protected Staten Island by special permission.
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Argentina, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Buenos Aires, Cape Horn, Chiloe, Isla de los Estados, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Montt, Puerto Natales, Pumalin Park, Santiago, Torres del Paine, Yendegaia
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Elephant seals hanging out with a colony of penguins.
$15,930
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South Georgia and the Falklands

17 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Walk amid stately king penguins
  • Hike in the footsteps of Shackleton
  • Paddle a kayak amid seals, icebergs
  • Experience Buenos Aires
If the epic stories of discovery, endurance and polar explorers like Shackleton, or the sheer magnificence of ice-capped peaks don’t grab you, the wildlife certainly will: penguins (king, gentoo and macaroni), sea lions, fur seals and enormous elephant seals cozy up to these shores. This is the expedition for wildlife or photography enthusiasts.
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Buenos Aires, Port of Ushuaia
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Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland
$14,950
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Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • See polar bears on the sea ice
  • Follow the path of Viking explorers
  • Discover scenic Greenland
  • Explore the Westfjord region
  • Meet intriguing Arctic residents
See the majestic setting that the lordly polar bear freely roams as you explore the Svalbard archipelago, pulling the ship’s bow up to blue-veined glaciers, alighting on islands where caribou drift like smoke across the tundra. Go from the TV series depiction of Vikings to a real sense of their heroism.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Flatey Island, Isafjordur, Longyearbyen, Oslo, Reykjavik, Scoresbysund
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A view from the cliffs of Gros Morne National Park.
$7,930
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The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • See WWII harbor defenses
  • Be immersed in regional history
  • Discover Gros Morne National Park
  • Watch for moose and sea birds
Embark National Geographic Explorer and sail into eastern Canada's breathtaking natural beauty. Discover Newfoundland's little-known, astonishing Viking past. Your journey of pure discovery ventures to the legendary islands of Cape Breton, Saint Pierre, and the Isles de la Madeleine.
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Atlantic Coast, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Baddeck, Gros Morne National Park, L'Anse aux Meadows, Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Louisbourg, Saint Pierre, St. John's
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Taking a kayaking trip around Monaco Glacier on Spitsbergen Island.
$15,390
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Viking Legends and Wild Fjords: From Iceland to Greenland

15 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Follow in the wake of Vikings
  • Meet and learn about Greenlanders
  • Explore Iceland's Westfjord region
  • Travel with Arctic experts
The history of Greenland is the history of life under extreme arctic conditions. Visit remarkable sites on the Viking trail, meet the friendly and welcoming people of the north, and experience the spectacular beauty of the ice. Spot seals, humpback whales, arctic foxes, and white-tailed eagles, among the 60 species of birds that breed in Greenland.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Brattahlíð, Flatey Island, Kangerlussuaq, King Oscar Fjord, Nanortalik, Nuuk, Qaqortoq, Reykjavik, Scoresbysund, Skoldungen
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Passengers: 148
Ship Type: Luxury Expedition Ship

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. It is fully stabilized, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing comfort. The National Geographic Explorer houses technology for sea exploration, such as Zodiacs, kayaks, hydro-phones, underwater HD cameras and a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV). Additional accommodations include multiple dining venues, a lounge area designed specifically for educational presentations and a luxury wellness spa.

Public areas include two restaurants, a lounge and bar, library, observation lounge, spa, fitness center, and sauna. A mud room with lockers provides storage for guests’ expedition gear. Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair.

Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes. Each has private facilities and climate controls.

Expedition Equipment: Hydrophone, kayaks, remotely operated vehicle (R.O.V.), snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, and Zodiac landing craft.

Services include a full-time doctor, Undersea Specialist, Wellness Specialist, LEXspa Therapist, and Video Chronicler. There is internet access for guests, a business center, and laundry. Our "Open Bridge" policy allows guests to learn about the art of navigation and state-of-the-art navigational equipment from our Captain and Officers.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 1 Cabin.
Cat 1
Main Deck with one or two portholes. #301-308
National Geographic Explorer's Category 2 Cabin.
Cat 2
Main Deck with window. #317-320, 335-336.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 3 Cabin.
Cat 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340,342, 344, 346, 348, 350.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 4 Cabin.
Cat 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. # 103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 5 Upper Deck Cabin.
Cat 5
Upper Deck with Balcony. #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 6 Cabin.
Cat 6
Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213.
Luxurious Catagory 8 Suite
Cat 7
Upper Deck Suite with Balcony. #215, 219, 230.
National Geographic Explorer's Category SA and SB.
Cat SA
C Deck Solo - Cabins 309-312, 329-334. Single cabins with window.
National Geographic Explorer's Category SA and SB.
Cat SB
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. #105-106, 203, 208.
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