Global Perspectives

Add layers of insight and interest to your expedition

The Global Perspectives guest speakers traveling with you add insight gleaned from their unique experiences to the already engaging, lively, and interesting conversation aboard National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion. Each guest 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. Guest speakers take part in daily activities, dining, and every aspect of the expedition.  

Guest Speakers

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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
  • 24 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec
  • $23,100 to $45,880
  • Frances Ulmer
    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Frances A. Ulmer is the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC), appointed by President Obama in 2011. In 2014, Secretary Kerry asked Ms. Ulmer to serve as a Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Alaska’s largest public university. Previously, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and chairs the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association. Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond and Director of Policy Development for the state. She has served on numerous state and federal boards including the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010, over 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council, and co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Arctic Climate Change. Ms. Ulmer lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Joe McConnell
    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Joe McConnell is an environmental and climate researcher at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute where he is Director of the Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory. Raised in Santa Fe, his interest in earth and natural science was influenced heavily by the spectacular setting of northern New Mexico. With degrees in geophysics from Yale and Stanford, he spent nearly 10 years working in oil exploration before returning to graduate school to study hydrology and climate change at the University of Arizona and pursue a career in environmental science.
  • Kendrick Taylor
    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Ken is a research professor with Nevada’s Desert Research Institute. He was first drawn to Antarctica in 1981 by a desire to better understand the physics of the Earth, and because it was the biggest blank spot on the globe. Currently he is the chief scientist for a project that is investigating the role of greenhouse gases in climate change and the stability of the Antarctic ice sheet. The WAIS Divide ice core project is a decade long effort funded by the National Science Foundation which includes 44 scientists.
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
  • 14 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec
  • $13,360 to $28,340
  • Andrew Clarke
    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Andrew Clarke is an ecologist who has spent all of his working life in polar regions. He grew up in London where his lifelong interest in birds started in the city’s many green spaces and on family visits to Norfolk. He studied zoology and geology at Cambridge University, spending the summer of 1968 supporting geological fieldwork in Svalbard.
  • James Balog
    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    For 35 years, photographer James Balog (“BAY-log”) has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, James is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river, the African savannah or polar icecaps.
  • Joe MacInnis
    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Dr. Joe MacInnis is the first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole.  Supported by the Canadian government, he led ten research expeditions under the Arctic Ocean to develop the systems and techniques to make scientific surveys beneath the polar ice cap.  His teams built the first undersea polar station and discovered the world’s northernmost known shipwreck.
  • Kendrick Taylor
    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Ken is a research professor with Nevada’s Desert Research Institute. He was first drawn to Antarctica in 1981 by a desire to better understand the physics of the Earth, and because it was the biggest blank spot on the globe. Currently he is the chief scientist for a project that is investigating the role of greenhouse gases in climate change and the stability of the Antarctic ice sheet. The WAIS Divide ice core project is a decade long effort funded by the National Science Foundation which includes 44 scientists.
  • Lee Berger
    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Prof. Lee R. Berger Ph.D. D.Sc. is a world-renowned paleoanthropologist, physical anthropologist, and archaeologist. Time Magazine called him one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2016, and he has received numerous awards including the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration and the Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award.
South Georgia and the Falklands
  • 19 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Mar/Oct
  • $15,930 to $32,880
  • 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.

Antarctica Itineraries

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

24 days
Expeditions in: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

14 days
Expeditions in: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

South Georgia and the Falklands

19 days
Expeditions in: Mar, Oct

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HIGH TEMP 50°F
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