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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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The National Geographic Explorer 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 dining room.


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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.

National Geographic Explorer Ship Cabins, Staterooms and Suites

Each of the 81 outside cabins features a window or porthole, a large desk, ample drawer space, signature feather duvets, crisp cotton sheets, and generously sized bathrooms with roomy glass-walled shower stalls, climate controls, hairdryers, and television, as well as Wi-Fi and USB ports for mobile devices. The Explorer does not include a safe deposit box. Certain cabins feature balconies. Category SA and SB single cabins are located on the main deck and upper deck. Please check the above deck plans for the Nat Geo Explorer

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.

National Geographic Explorer Dress Code 

The dress code for the National Geographic Expedition cruise is often laid back and comfortable. Bring comfortable clothes that are appropriate for the activities and weather conditions you will encounter throughout your journey.

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

National Geographic Explorer Antarctica Itineraries

The National Geographic Explorer lets you discover Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands on a 22-day Antarctic Expedition. Fly from the Falkland Islands back to the mainland for an extra day at the Peninsula. This Nat Geo Antarctica cruise takes advantage of unique wildlife views, whale feeding off the bow, or late-day kayaking conditions. 

The flagship vessel Nat Geo Explorer also sails to the Baltic SeaEngland, Ireland, ScotlandCopenhagenIcelandArcticGreenland, and the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland.

About Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Cruises

The Lindblad fleet consists of fifteen expedition ships, including the National Geographic EnduranceNational Geographic ResolutionNational Geographic Sea BirdNational Geographic Sea LionNational Geographic Orion, and National Geographic Quest

Lars-Eric Lindblad launched Lindblad Travel in 1958. To this day, Sven-Olof Lindblad, Lars-son, Eric's continues to provide transforming expedition travel experiences in the world's most extraordinary regions. National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions have teamed up to provide guests with a greater selection of lecturers and experts onboard its fleet of small but well-appointed ships.

National Geographic Explorer Ship Reviews

The National Geographic Explorer has everything you could ask for in a cruise: from amazing lectures by expert naturalists and some of the world's leading climate experts to cutting-edge underwater research presentations given by those who are studying whales and fish populations in the Pacific Ocean. And it's all wrapped up in a ship that is big enough to have a wide variety of activities but small enough that you can meet everyone on board.

Ready to embark on a Nat Geo cruise? Contact Adventure-Life Antarctica experts to secure a space in the National Geographic Explorer vessel or any other fleet of National Geographic ships.


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