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National Geographic Explorer

  • 148 Guests
  • Year Round

Ship Overview

The world’s ultimate expedition ship

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National Geographic Explorer is a fully-stabilized, ice-class vessel with a DNV Ice-1A Super rating on her forward hull.
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The ship was designed and built for safe exploration in the planet's remote polar regions.
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A fleet of virtually untippable kayaks can be quickly deployed to explore polar ice or peaceful coves.
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In the Arctic, curious polar bears sometimes approach making for thrilling observations from the safety of the ship's deck.
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National Geographic Explorer often calls at ports seldom-visited by travelers, and sometimes local residents and curiosity seekers turnout to welcome us.
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National Geographic Explorer's fleet of Zodiacs allow for quick disembarkation in ports and easy landings in wild places that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Inaugurated in 2008, National Geographic Explorer is the world’s ultimate expedition ship. The embodiment of the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic alliance, her design and equipment is the result of almost 200 years of collective expedition experience.

Originally built for service along Norway’s coast as part of the famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express, her excellent maneuverability and just-right size made her a natural choice for addition to our fleet. Drawing on our nearly 50 years of pioneering expedition history and expertise, we completely redesigned and rebuilt her.  Explorer is uniquely equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the regions we explore. She provides a peerless expedition experience. 

The privilege of wildness and the luxury of comfort
Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 cabins, including 13 cabins with private balconies, six spacious suites and 14 cabins specifically designed for solo travelers. At 367 feet with six decks, she is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer startling views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Explorer instantly fosters a welcoming environment where enthused and curious passengers share in exceptional experiences and enrichment. 

Her public rooms include a dramatic window-lined library and observation lounge perched at the very top of the ship, plentiful observation decks (including easy access to the bow), and the forward facing chart room, offering a 24-hour beverage station. The spacious lounge is the heart of our expedition community, and is suited for spirited cocktail hours, informative presentations and our nightly tradition of Recap. Our dining room and adjacent bistro easily accommodate all guests at once for open seating dining.

While Explorer’s interiors are certainly elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing. And you’ll find shipboard services like a state-of-the-art fitness center, laundry and public-area wifi make packing and traveling more convenient.


Adding National Geographic Orion to our fleet opens a new chapter in our history. We are now truly global—touching on all seven continents and the major part of the world's ocean, enabling our guests to experience myriad wonders.

Sven-Olof Lindblad