The world’s ultimate expedition ships
Our two expedition ships in South America, virtual sister ships, offer equally appealing experiences of the southern ice. Both are equipped to safely cruise to South American waters, and provide the exhilarating up-close, personal style of exploration we have offered for over 45+ years. Which ship to choose depends on the 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 South American cruise ships and less veteran expedition teams cannot go.