National Geographic Explorer

An authentic expedition ship, purpose-engineered for blue water and polar exploration

Overview

Originally constructed for service along Norway’s coast as part of the famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express, she ferried passengers among the fjords of this iconic coast in conditions that could deteriorate into heavy seas in a matter of minutes. She had to be able to handle deep swells and towering waves—and have a high degree of maneuverability. Those traits, and an ideal size, made her a natural choice for addition to the Lindblad fleet. 

 

The plans to completely rebuild her drew on 50 years of pioneering expedition history and expertise. National Geographic Explorer was equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the environment. Her interior and exterior design embodied the Lindblad expedition ethos—the privilege of wildness and the luxury of comfort.

 

For many guests she remains their paradigm of an expedition ship. She is devoted to exploration—from her Welcoming Bridge, and the Chart Room below it where you can tuck in to warm up with a hot chocolate, to her high-perched Observation deck with its aqueous light and compelling 24/7 views. Even the art on the walls—from the Hurley prints of Shackleton’s expedition to the stunning National Geographic photos— tells an uber-narrative of globe-spanning travel and a dedication to curiosity and wonder.

(18) National Geographic Explorer Itineraries

NOTE: For expeditions departing April 2024 onward, Day 1 of our itineraries will no longer reflect “departure from the U.S.” and will reflect “arrival to the city” where your expedition begins.  Durations of expeditions will remain unchanged. More details. 

Arctic

Europe & British Isles

Iceland

A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Duration

10 days
  1. Jun
  2. Jul
  3. Aug

From

$8,379

Prices are per person

Highlights

Arctic

Europe & British Isles

Iceland

A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Duration

10 days
  1. Jun
  2. Jul
  3. Aug

From

$8,379

Top Highlights

  • Circumnavigate the Island of Fire and Ice, from its wealth of wildlife and striking geological formations, to its cultural history steeped in saga and exploration history
  • Explore a variety of landscapes across the island from lava fields, seismic faults, geothermal springs, and thundering waterfalls
  • Hike up mountain trails, kayak in protected fjords, bike through remote villages, or take a Zodiac cruise around a seabird colony

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

Duration

12 days
  1. May
  2. Jun

From

$10,887

Prices are per person

Highlights

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

Duration

12 days
  1. May
  2. Jun

From

$10,887

Top Highlights

  • Trace a maritime thread around the isles, exploring the wild and beautiful places where Celtic and Viking influences still thrive in local languages and customs
  • Zodiac into Staffa Island's ancient Fingal's Cave, formed entirely from hexagonal basalt columns (conditions permitting), and observe a puffin colony
  • Walk along Cornwall's scenic cliffside trails, and experience the peninsula's rich history and culture with visits to local producers and country estates

Antarctica

Patagonia

Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords

Duration

20 days
  1. Feb
  2. Mar
  3. Nov
  4. Dec

From

$19,106

Prices are per person

Highlights

Antarctica

Patagonia

Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords

Duration

20 days
  1. Feb
  2. Mar
  3. Nov
  4. Dec

From

$19,106

Top Highlights

  • Seek out Antarctica’s iconic wildlife – including penguins, seals, and orcas
  • Marvel at incandescent icebergs using our fleet of kayaks and Zodiacs
  • Navigate Chile’s coastal fjords and explore spectacular Glacier Alley, where monumental glaciers calve into the sea

Antarctica

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Duration

10 days
  1. Jan
  2. Nov
  3. Dec

From

$5,981

Prices are per person

Highlights

Antarctica

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Duration

10 days
  1. Jan
  2. Nov
  3. Dec

From

$5,981

Top Highlights

  • Get a head start on your Antarctica experience by flying across the Drake Passage from Puerto Natales to King George Island, landing at the Chilean research station which permanently operates there
  • Explore the world’s last great wilderness in the company of top naturalists and the most experienced polar captains in Antarctica, with more than 55 years of expedition heritage
  • Hike amid magnificent mountains; see huge glaciers; and observe a parade of gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins

Antarctica

Antarctica Direct: Sail and Fly the Drake Passage

Duration

10 days
  1. Jan
  2. Nov
  3. Dec

From

$8,212

Prices are per person

Highlights

Antarctica

Antarctica Direct: Sail and Fly the Drake Passage

Duration

10 days
  1. Jan
  2. Nov
  3. Dec

From

$8,212

Top Highlights

  • Experience it all—cruise the legendary Drake Passage aboard the National Geographic Explorer and then enjoy the ease of returning on our 2-hour direct flight from King George Island to Puerto Natales
  • Explore the world’s last great wilderness in the company of top naturalists, and the most experienced polar captains in Antarctica, with more than 55 years of expedition heritage
  • Hike amid magnificent mountains; see huge glaciers; and observe a parade of gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins

Antarctica

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

Duration

24 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Oct
  4. Nov

From

$21,015

Prices are per person

Highlights

Antarctica

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

Duration

24 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Oct
  4. Nov

From

$21,015

Top Highlights

  • Explore three distinct regions and benefit from our 50-plus years of experience here
  • Scan the skies for bird species and keep an eye on the sea for fin whales, southern right whales, and blue whales
  • Trace the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s fateful journey in 1914 aboard Endurance, and toast his gravesite in South Georgia

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Barcelona to Basque Country: Tracing History & Culture on the Iberian Peninsula

Duration

13 days
May

From

$21,020

Prices are per person

Highlights

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Barcelona to Basque Country: Tracing History & Culture on the Iberian Peninsula

Duration

13 days
May

From

$21,020

Top Highlights

  • Discover an array of architectural marvels, from the Alhambra in Granada to Lisbon’s 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery and Ronda's impressive Puente Nuevo bridge
  • Explore six UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Granada's extraordinary Alhambra palace, the Tower of Belém in Lisbon, and Porto’s old city
  • Learn how cork oak is harvested in the orchards of the Algarve, and explore Galicia's estuaries with local fishermen

Patagonia

Best of Chilean Patagonia: Fjords, Glaciers, and Torres Del Paine

Duration

16 days
  1. Mar
  2. Oct

From

$21,080

Prices are per person

Highlights

Patagonia

Best of Chilean Patagonia: Fjords, Glaciers, and Torres Del Paine

Duration

16 days
  1. Mar
  2. Oct

From

$21,080

Top Highlights

  • Venture inland to explore the wildlife-rich, iconic landscapes of Torres del Paine, Patagonia’s jewel, with either the Tierra Patagonia Hotel or the Explora Patagonia Hotel as your base camp
  • With special permission, explore wild, rugged Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), located at the extreme end of South America and largely off limits to travelers since 1923
  • Transit the legendary Beagle Channel and look out for shearwater, petrels, albatrosses, and more

Atlantic Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Cape to Cape: A Voyage from Cape Horn to Cape Town

Duration

20 days
Mar

From

$20,850

Prices are per person

Highlights

Atlantic Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Cape to Cape: A Voyage from Cape Horn to Cape Town

Duration

20 days
Mar

From

$20,850

Top Highlights

  • Visit the vast king penguin colonies on South Georgia—hundreds of thousands on a single beach
  • See rockhopper penguins and albatrosses on remote Tristan da Cunha Island, and meet some of its 260 human residents
  • Spend a day in one of the world’s most beautifully situated cities, Cape Town, traveling to the top of Table Mountain for sweeping views and admiring the unusual flora at the renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Crossroads of the Mediterranean: A Voyage Through Greece, Malta, and Sicily

Duration

12 days
Apr

From

$12,080

Prices are per person

Highlights

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Crossroads of the Mediterranean: A Voyage Through Greece, Malta, and Sicily

Duration

12 days
Apr

From

$12,080

Top Highlights

  • Walk amidst iconic classical ruins like the Parthenon on this fascinating five-country voyage
  • Explore vestiges of Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Talayotic, and Minoan civilizations alongside expert historians and archaeologists
  • Marvel at the transparent blue waters of Malta and hike Crete’s stunning Gorge of Samaria—a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve

Egypt

Europe & British Isles

Africa

New and Noteworthy

New Egypt, the Greek Isles, and the Suez Canal: Sailing Through Antiquity

Duration

12 days
Apr

From

$9,260

Prices are per person

Highlights

Egypt

Europe & British Isles

Africa

New and Noteworthy

New Egypt, the Greek Isles, and the Suez Canal: Sailing Through Antiquity

Duration

12 days
Apr

From

$9,260

Top Highlights

  • Explore the greatest sights of antiquity: the Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, the Bibliotheca Alexandria, and the Minoan city of Phaestos on Crete
  • Navigate the Suez Canal, an engineering marvel and major trade corridor cut through expansive desert landscapes
  • Discover the mesmerizing beauty of four Greek islands, including stunning Santorini

Africa

New and Noteworthy

New Exploring East Africa and Madagascar: Wildlife and Wonders

Duration

18 days
Mar

From

$21,156

Prices are per person

Highlights

Africa

New and Noteworthy

New Exploring East Africa and Madagascar: Wildlife and Wonders

Duration

18 days
Mar

From

$21,156

Top Highlights

  • Go on safari in South Africa’s renowned Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, watching for the “big five”: lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros
  • Get acquainted with intriguing cultures, from South Africa’s Zulu people to the rich mix of people drawn to vibrant Zanzibar
  • Explore the unique flora and fauna of Madagascar in three different regions, encountering lemurs, ancient baobab trees, chameleons, and rare birds

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