National Geographic Explorer

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1982 (refurbished in 2008
Cruising Speed
18 knots

Ship Overview

The National Geographic Explorer is a polar expedition vessel that holds 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. Her design and equipment is the result of almost 200 years of collective expedition experience. She is equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions and is perfectly maneuverable for polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. She carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing crafts. And an undersea specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world.

  • Llounge and bar
  • Library
  • Spa
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
  • Selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients
  • Full-time doctor
  • Wellness specialist
  • Internet cafe

Staterooms / Suites

  • Category 1 Main Deck with one or two Portholes
  • Category 2 Main Deck with Window
  • Category 3 Main Deck with Window
  • Category Solo A Main Deck with Window
  • Category 4 Upper and Veranda Decks with Window
  • Category 5 Upper Deck with Balcony
  • Category 6 Veranda and Upper Deck Suite
  • Category 7 Upper Deck Suite with Balcony
  • Category Solo B Upper & Veranda Decks with Window



  • One queen-sized bed
  • Writing desk
  • Reading lamps
  • Bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall
  • TV showing the ship's position and programing

Deck Plans

Bridge Deck
Bridge Deck
Wellness Deck
Wellness Deck
Veranda Deck
Veranda Deck
Upper Deck
Upper Deck
Main Deck
Main Deck
B Deck
B Deck


Meals are served in the ship's elegant dining room and the adjacent, more intimate Bistro Bar. Seating is open, allowing you to choose where to dine, and table sizes range from 2 to 12. The style is relaxed and casual—there’s never a need to dress up, and there will be opportunities to chat with the onboard naturalists and guest speakers over your meal. Each evening, a ship’s officer, National Geographic staff or a naturalist hosts small tables in the chart room.
All food prepared aboard National Geographic Explorer is sourced locally whenever possible from sustainable providers, with special attention to all seafood being sustainably caught or raised. 
  • Breakfast is usually served buffet-style in the dining room and consists of a selection of fruit, eggs to order, cereal, yogurts, cheese and cold meats, plus specially prepared daily dishes, fresh coffee and tea. An early-riser continental breakfast is served in the bistro as well, and many guests choose to take their coffee and morning pastries to the bridge or out on deck
  • Lunch is also served buffet-style in the dining room and Bistro Bar, with salads and both hot and cold buffet choices available. Most days a light-lunch option is held in the observation lounge at the very top of the ship. When weather conditions permit, the light-lunch is held outdoors on the aft sundeck, offering a stunning backdrop
  • Depending on the day’s activities, an afternoon tea with cookies, or occasionally, cakes and pastries, is served buffet-style in the Bistro Bar
  • Dinners are served in the dining room and bistro and feature plated service