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National Geographic Explorer Luxury Polar Cruise Ship

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Max Passengers: 148
Ship Type: Luxury Expedition Ship
Operated by: Lindblad Expeditions

As a magnificent ice-class expedition ship, National Geographic Explorer embodies the essence of the National Geographic brand, allowing its visitors to explore some of the world's most beautiful natural destinations. The 81 cabins on this cutting-edge ship, which has a capacity of 148 passengers, are entirely exterior-facing.

Onboard, you'll find a library, a spa, a gym, and lounges where you can relax and read a book. The food is produced focusing on regional flavors in each of the hotel's dining establishments. Climate control and either portholes or windows are standard features in each of the cabins.

When it comes to exploration technology, the Nat Geo Explorer has hydrophones, a zodiac boat, kayaks with HD underwater cameras, and a remote-operated vehicle (ROV). A video chronicler is on board, as well as an open bridge policy, so you can discover more about the intriguing locales this flagship ship explores. A cruise on the National Geographic Explorer combines education and exploration.

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National Geographic Explorer National Geographic Explorer's dining room. Relax in the luxurious sauna aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Relax in the National Geographic Explorer's lounge. National Geographic Explorer's chart room. National Geographic Explorer's fitness center. Catagory 5 Cabin Enjoy the balcony in select cabins


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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.


National Geographic Explorer's Deck Plan.

Dining aboard National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer Ship dining experience is designed to be relaxed and informal. Menus focus on sustainable seafood, and meals are served in the dining room, bistro bar, or the observation lounge. A single seating and unassigned tables offer an informal atmosphere for easy mingling. Decks are open for expansive views of the ocean, and a Bistro Bar offers light fare at any time of day or night.

Onboard Amenities on the Nat Geo Explorer Ship

Public spaces include a lounge with a state-of-the-art presentation facility, an observation lounge, storage for expedition gear, and access to the ship's bridge to see the Captain as well as officers and the on-duty wildlife spotter. LEXspa treatment room and sauna are staffed by wellness experts in the glass-enclosed fitness center. A doctor, undersea specialist, qualified picture instructor, video chronicler, internet cafe, and laundry services are also available.

National Geographic Explorer Ship Specifications

Year Built: 1982
Last Refurbished: 2017
Flag: Bahamas
Built by: Ulstein Verft AS in Norway
Owner: Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc
Former Names: MS Midnatsol, MS Midnatsol 2, MS Lyngen, 
Passengers: 148
Decks: 6


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