Introducing the National Geographic Global Explorers Program!

Our exclusive, new family friendly cruise program is smart fun for kids and teens

Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, our unique exploration-based program officially launched June 2017 in the Galápagos, and will roll out to additional geographies and ships in 2018. Be sure to check back here periodically for updates on where and when you can find the program next year.   

Kids and teens will choose among a host of cool activities—from recording wildlife sightings in their Field Notebook to earning a Zodiac “driver’s license”—all designed to help them develop what National Geographic Education defines as the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of an explorer. They can collect “points” on their way to become a National Geographic Global Explorer—with the certification to prove it! The new program will be available year-round whenever at least one child is onboard and guests under 18 (and their families) will:

  • First and foremost, have fun! They’ll have the opportunity to take part in all kinds of cool activities—swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking and more all while making new friends and lifelong memories.
  • Benefit from National Geographic certified field educators: Our naturalists, newly minted as National Geographic field educators, optimize daily learning opportunities and fun­ for families.
  • Connect with nature: Whether they’re snorkeling with sea lions or identifying whale flukes from the ship’s bow, they’ll have direct contact with wildlife and wonders above and below the sea.
  • Learn to be a storyteller: Through photos, videos, music, writing, drawing and more, kids and teens will be encouraged to think outside the box and use their creativity to tell stories about the unique things they’ll do and see along the way.
  • Develop their observation skills: Daily “In the Field: Spot It!” activities will prompt kids to watch out for a particular item, like a creature with scales or a giant coral head on land, then record their observations in their Field Notebook

See the new program in action!

Fun and flexibility for all ages
The National Geographic Global Explorers’ bulletin board is headquarters for daily activities and challenges, and kids can choose what they’d like to participate in each day. And schedules and activities both onboard and off ship are designed with families in mind: enjoy kid-friendly menus, movie night with pizza, a choice of hikes, and more.

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