Nat Geo Explorer


The National Geographic Explorer is an ice-class Antarctica expedition cruise ship with capacity for 148 guests in 81 cabins. Each cabin provides outside views.

National Geographic Explorer is 367 feet long, with a beam of 52, and an ice rating of 1A.


National Geographic Explorer’s public areas include a lounge and bar, library, spa, global library, fitness center, wellness center, sauna, sun deck, and mudroom.

Services include a full-time doctor, a wellness specialist, and an internet cafe.

The vessel features a selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Meal times aboard the Nat Geo Explorer are also opportunities to engage in the diversity of the expedition community—to join or be joined by naturalists, guest speakers, ship’s officers, and fellow guests for stimulating and entertaining conversation.

All meals onboard the ship, including snacks,sodas, soft drinks, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee are included in all itineraries.

Wi-Fi is available in the observation lounge, library, chart room, bistro and lounge. An internet cafe is available near the mudroom, and a very limited number of laptops can be rented from reception. Wi-Fi, telecommunications, and onboard laundry service are available at an extra cost.


Flexibility is built into each itinerary aboard the Nat Geo Explorer, assuring that you’ll take advantage of wildlife sightings or other spontaneous opportunities that arise. National Geographic’s expeditions foster active engagement from their passengers. This is why the ship has a fleet of 15 Zodiacs, enabling all passengers to be off the ship at one time. Zodiac cruising and onshore hiking is included with every departure (weather permitting).

The cruise also carries a fleet of double kayaks, underwater camera, a remotely operated vehicle capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any scuba diver, a video microscope, a crow’s nest camera, and hydrophones.

Cross-country ski and snowshoeing are also available on selected voyages. Our team of LANDED travel specialists can help you select the voyage that’s right for you.

When you aren’t exploring the Antarctic on land or cruising the coastline in a Zodiac, you can enjoy onboard yoga, photography workshops, and informative presentations or the nightly tradition of Recap.

Nat Geo Explorer Cabin Options

The Nat Geo Explorer offers nine cabin categories:

  • Category 1 – Double cabin. Main Deck with one or two portholes.
  • Category 2 – Double cabin. Main Deck with window.
  • Category 3 – Double or Triple cabin. Main Deck with window.
  • Category Solo A – Single cabin. Main Deck with window.
  • Category 4 – Double cabin. Upper and Veranda Decks with window.
  • Category 5 – Double cabin. Upper Deck with balcony.
  • Category 6 – Double or Triple cabin. Veranda Deck Suite; Upper Deck-Suite with balcony.
  • Category 7 – Triple cabin. Upper Deck Suite with balcony.
  • Category Solo B – Single cabin. Upper and Veranda Decks with Window

Double occupancy cabins come in a variety of configurations, including two single beds, two beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed, and queen-sized beds.

In-room amenities include: desk with drawer space, individual climate control, flat panel TV with several channels, one of which allows you to listen to lounge lectures or presentations from the comfort of your cabin, and a public address system that keeps you alerted to the daily activities, including any wildlife sightings.

Sample Itineraries

The Nat Geo Explorer has several expeditions available, ranging from nine to twenty-three night cruise programs.

Sample 11-night Cruise: Antarctica: The White Continent: 

  • Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego; transfer to the Nat Geo Explorer for embarkation. Enjoy a welcome lunch while you sail along the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel, towards the White Continent of Antarctica.
  • Day 2: At sea, cruise through the Drake Passage. On board visit the bridge (a great place to spot wildlife), have a relaxing massage, or attend a talk about the biology of the penguins you’ll soon be seeing.
  • Day 3-8: Cruise between South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Disembark by Zodiac and explore the continent each day. No journey is the same.
  • Day 9: Return to the Drake Passage and to the Beagle Channel bound for Ushuaia.
  • Day 10: Morning breakfast and disembarkation in Ushuaia; afternoon transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

The Nat Geo Explorer Cruise includes a hotel night at Buenos Aires before starting your voyage. Additional land accommodations and transfers are not included except where explicitly stated.

LANDED has a direct contract with the Nat Geo Explorer. We can also arrange air travel, touring, and accommodations in Chile and Argentina. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

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