Life Aboard

See what life on the world’s ultimate expedition ship looks and feels like.

It is a privilege to visit the northern and eastern coasts of South America, a richly diverse and vibrant region, and to this privilege, National Geographic Explorer adds the luxury of comfort—a quality of shipboard life and a philosophy of wellness designed to relax and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.

Informal ambience, relaxed attitude

There’s no need to dress up ever; life aboard National Geographic Explorer is casual all the way. There’s no assigned seating in the dining room—whether you choose the dining room or the bistro bar. In fact, many tables accommodate uneven numbers, making for easy mingling and the fun of sharing breakfast, lunch, or dinner with different new friends, staff, or guest speakers. And independent travelers can count on a welcome everywhere they turn. We invite you to freely roam the ship, discovering the nooks and crannies; and visit the bridge whenever you’d like to watch the calm, serious business of navigation unfold.


Excellent food

Our chefs use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, including sustainably caught fish and other local products. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style; dinner is served plated. There are fish or meat choices at every meal, and our chef will happily accommodate vegan or other special diet requests. The ship’s hospitable hotel staff maintains an always-open station for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and soda in the chart room. And the bistro bar provides on-demand cappuccinos and lattes. Afternoon tea and cookies are served daily. And pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are served in the lounge at daily Recap. There are reuseable water bottles in every cabin and chilled, fresh-water stations in the hallways to make staying hydrated convenient and refreshing.

The personal ahhhhh factor

You’ll find much more information on National Geographic Explorer in the Our Fleet section, but suffice it to say that your cabin, whether windowed or balconied, will be an inviting place to end your active day. You’ll find the bathroom stocked with organic botanical products. And your bed cosseted in our signature feather duvet with an organic cotton cover and cotton sheeting.

Sociable spaces, quiet corners

The lounge is the heart of the expedition community; where we gather for talks and daily Recap, and where the photographers aboard set up their laptops to organize photo files. The bow is another place where guests mingle with staff when the ship is underway to scan the sea for marine mammals. And the chart room, adjacent to the bow, is the place to duck into for cool beverages and sociable conversation. National Geographic Explorer also offers any number of places to pass time enjoyably alone or with a small group—from the quiet of the windowed library with its collection of books, to the adjacent observation lounge with its walls of glass, binoculars at the ready, plus cards and games. Explorer’s expansive decks, furnished with tables, chairs, and chaise lounges, collect readers, water-colorists, journalers, sun-worshipers, and more.

Rise, shine, and connect with wildness

Greet the morning with a pre-breakfast stretching session led by your wellness specialist on the stern deck. Or sleep in and take advantage of National Geographic Explorer’s fitness center with its million-dollar views, plus exercise bikes, treadmills, stretch bands, and yoga mats at your convenience. And count on walking and kayaking during the voyage for an even deeper connection to the wild world.

Onboard spa treatments

Massage therapy and body treatments, plus face, hand, foot treatments, inspired by the purity of the South American environment, are available by appointment in the wellness center. Choose to have a treatment instead of an activity, or to end an active day of exploring. Or, drop in anytime to use the sauna to relax and rejuvenate.

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