National Geographic Explorer

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Antarctica and Arctic

The National Geographic Explorer, first introduced in 2008, is the flagship of Lindblad Expeditions’ impressive fleet. A state of the art expedition ship, she is one of the most technologically advanced and stable vessels to ply the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic.

Providing some of the most comfortable cabins of any expeditionary ship, she offers 81 cabins and suites across three of their six decks for up to 148 passengers, including a small number specifically designed for solo travellers.

An excellent team is essential for Polar exploration, the expeditionary staff and Polar experts offer incredible knowledge to back up the experiences on offer. Expert naturalists, photographers and scientists accompany each journey presenting their expertise during informal talks. Exploration of the Polar Regions is greatly enhanced by a full set of tools including 13 zodiac boats, 36 double kayaks and even an ROV enabling guests to gain a unique view of the stunning subterranean world of icebergs and the marine wildlife of course.

There are plenty of public areas including the spacious lounge, the library with its large windows and observation lounge perched at the very top of the ship, perfect for taking in the Antarctic vistas and spotting whales. The expedition staff and experts on board give their daily presentations in the lounge whilst the dining room is a comfortable area offering a varied selection of cuisine each day.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Antarctica into a greater Latin America holiday. Take a look at Classic Antarctica Cruise as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

National Geographic Explorer Information

Location & Getting There

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, a flagship of Lindblad Expeditions’ impressive fleet which provides sailings from Ushuaia in Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as Falklands & South Georgia as part of longer cruises.


The ship offers 81 cabins and suites across three of their six decks for up to 148 passengers. There are twin/double and solo traveller cabins that host beds arranged as twins or queens, vanity-desks, in-house movies and flatscreen LCD TVs. The 6 suites have separate sitting areas with lounge chairs, with balconies featured in some.


- Observation lounge
- Fitness centre
- Sauna
- Spa
- Internet cafe
- Library
- Dining: 1 restaurant, 1 bar & lounge


Guests can explore the Polar Regions with the ship's 13 zodiac boats and 36 double kayaks available, to view magnificent mountains, towering icebergs, ice formations that make up the dramatic Antarctic landscape as well as search for leopard seals. Other activities include kayaking in protected waters, paddling around icebergs and walking on shore amidst thousands of penguins.


Separate excursions ashore can be arranged for families or children, depending on their ages. Young cruisers are able to learn from Naturalists how to drive a Zodiac, go wildlife viewing through a telescope, join special kids-only meals as well as photo sessions.

National Geographic Explorer Price Guide

4 out of 5

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