National Geographic Explorer

About National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer is a first-class expedition ship offering itineraries in Antarctica and the Arctic for no more than 148 guests. Built in 1982 and originally christened Midnatsol, she underwent a full scale re-build in 2007 when purchased by Lindblad Expeditions. In her current guise, she is one of the most recognisable expedition vessels in the world and has consistently won awards for the quality of her itineraries and the high calibre of staff onboard.

As you might expect for a ship of such standing, National Geographic is purpose-built for adventure. She is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs that can be deployed at a moment’s notice in order to take advantage of unplanned sightseeing opportunities, as well as undertake scheduled excursions and landings ashore. In addition to this, National Geographic Explorer also carries a number of kayaks and photography equipment – including high definition cameras which routinely film underwater scenes and project them into the ship’s lounge.

Every expedition on National Geographic Explorer is accompanied by a highly trained Expedition Team who lead a daily programme of briefings, excursions and insightful lectures. Their knowledge is unrivalled when it comes to exploring remote regions and as such will play a major part in ensuring your experience is as enjoyable and as fulfilling as possible.

National Geographic Explorer also operates an ‘open bridge’ policy, so you are free to visit the captain and his officers to learn more about what it takes to navigate a ship in the polar regions.

The accommodation onboard National Geographic Explorer is comprised of 81 cabins spread across the ship’s Main, Upper and Veranda Decks. Spacious in size, every accommodation category has an en suite bathroom, a flat-screen television and climate control, as well as a writing desk and chairs. While all of the cabins have oversized windows, thirteen of the ship’s cabins boast their own private veranda.

Where dining is concerned, National Geographic has two dining venues, both of which are used for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food served onboard is freshly prepared with ingredients often sourced from local ports and fisheries.

Unlike many other expedition vessels, National Geographic also has its own gym onboard – which is perfect if you want to keep in shape while you’re away!

112 Metres
16.5 Metres
Guest Decks
Guest Capacity
Total Berths


Arctic, Antarctica

Ship Highlights

  • Fleet of 15 Landing zodiacs
  • 36 two-person Kayaks
  • Remotely operated vehicle to see beyond the rage of any diver
  • Crow’s nest camera to provide footage to your in-cabin TV
  • 3 Underwater microphones to hear the marine mammals in real time
  • Onboard computer for transferring photos

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