Our Ships in Antarctica

Four expedition ships designed for earth’s most challenging region


Our four Antarctica cruise ships offer equally appealing experiences of the southern ice. All are equipped to safely navigate polar waters, and provide the exhilarating up-close, personal style of exploration we have offered for over 50 years. Which ship to choose depends on the polar itinerary and departure you favor.

National Geographic Explorer
We built National Geographic Explorer––the flagship of our fleet––to be the most technologically advanced, fully stabilized, and accommodating expedition ship in the world. Explorer carries 148 guests in 81 cabins, 13 with balconies. She is equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including kayaks, Zodiacs, and an ROV, enabling you to experience remarkable geographies in unprecedented depth. Her incredible safety features offer guests both the confidence to explore Antarctica and the opportunity to go places no cruise ship could before.

National Geographic Orion
National Geographic Orion is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, designed to safely explore both polar and tropical regions of the planet. Orion carries 102 guests in 53 cabins, nine of them with balconies. She is equipped with a full complement of cool tools to explore the environment, including kayaks, Zodiacs, and an ROV. Her size and nimbleness offer the perfect combination of safety and the liberty to voyage untrammeled locations, where large cruise ships and less veteran expedition teams cannot go.

National Geographic Endurance
National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Endurance carries 126 guests in 69 cabins, 53 with balconies. She is equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including kayaks, Zodiacs, and an ROV, enabling you to experience remarkable geographies in unprecedented depth. 

National Geographic Resolution
National Geographic Resolution 
is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation, launching in November 2021. A twin to our first polar new build, National Geographic Endurance, Resolution is a fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Class 5 (PC5) vessel designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore uncharted waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. Resolution carries 126 guests in 69 cabins, 53 with balconies. It has a full suite of expedition tools, including a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, and an ROV, and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

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