Global Perspectives

Add an extra layer of insight and interest to our team’s expertise

Our Global Perspectives Guest Speaker program, exclusively on select National Geographic Explorer expeditions, pairs engaging, knowledgeable experts with fascinating geographies to enrich your experience, and add extra levels of perspective and insight to our expedition team’s expertise. Taken from the top tiers of world affairs, journalism and exploration, these are people that you might have seen on TV talk shows, or in a lecture hall—suddenly available to you in person. Each global speaker has chosen to voyage with us to be part of the expedition community, to go exploring along with our staff and guests, and to provide perspectives to enhance your overall experience. You’ll share adventures, drinks, dinner, deck time and activities with these intriguing individuals.

Guest Speakers

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
  • 14 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec
  • From $15,080 to $38,010

  • Felicity Aston

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    British explorer Felicity Aston is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1084-mile, 59-day journey completed in January 2012 also made her the first person in the world to do so without the aid of kites or machines. Named by ‘Outside Magazine’ as a 2012 Adventurer of the Year, she was entered into the Book of Guinness World Records. Elected Fellow of both The Explorers Club in New York and the Royal Geographical Society in London, in 2015 she was awarded an MBE and The Queen’s Polar Medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services in Antarctica, making her one of few women ever to receive these prestigious honors.

  • Kathy Sullivan

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Dr. Kathryn Sullivan was confirmed by the Senate as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator in 2014, having previously served as Acting NOAA Administrator. She is a distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut and intrepid explorer. 

  • Michelle LaRue

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Michelle is a Lecturer of Polar Marine Ecology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch NZ, where she jokes that she spies on animals from space for a living – more technically speaking, she studies biogeography and population dynamics of Antarctic penguins and seals using high-resolution satellite imagery. Her primary goal is to learn about how Southern Ocean predators respond to environmental changes at many spatial scales, ranging from the population to continent-wide, in the hopes of informing conservation and management in the world’s coldest ocean.

  • Peter Hillary

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Peter is the son of Sir Edmund Hillary who was the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest with his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay in 1953. He is the first second-generation to climb Mt Everest, he has climbed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each of the seven continents) and he has been on over 40 mountaineering expeditions around the world.

Epic Antarctica: From the Peninsula to the Ross Sea & Beyond
  • 35 Days
  • National Geographic Endurance
  • 126 Guests
  • Jan/Dec
  • From $49,990 to $105,990

  • Robert A. Bindschadler

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Dr. Bindschadler’s career spanned more than 30 years at NASA where he retired in 2010 as the Chief Scientist of NASA’s Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and a Senior Fellow of the Goddard Space Flight Center.

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