National Geographic Explorer: Ship Details and Overview


The National Geographic Explorer ship is a luxury Antarctica cruise vessel that offer a state of the art facilities to her passengers.

Purchased from Norway, the National Geographic Explorer set sail in the Polar regions in mid-2008 after a complete re-haul. The ship has an ice strengthened-hull and comes fully stabilized for on board comfort. With a 1A ice-class, the Explorer is the perfect ship to explore the cold environments around the Antarctic peninsula.

The National Geographic Explorer can carry up to 148-passengers and offers a modern and intimate setting. On board facilities include an undersea Specialist, Spa Therapist, Wellness Specialist and a Video Chronicler. Cabins are all well thought out and come with windows or portholes, TV and en suites.

Because of her small size, luxury facilities and knowledgeable staff, the National Geographic Explorer is one of the favorites among Antarctic travelers.

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​National Geographic Explorer Ship Overview


  • Ship Type: Luxury Expedition Ship
  • Passengers: 148
  • Cabins : 81
  • Beam : 54
  • Length : 367

Cabin Options

​Category 1

​Category 2

​Category 3

​Category 4

​Category 5

​Category 6

​Category 7

​Category A & B – Solo

On-Board Facilities

Public Area Facilities

The National Geographic Explorer boasts a whole host of facilities that people have come to expect from luxury Antarctica vessels. Because of her small size, the facilities all have a very intimate and modern feel about them.

On board facilities include: Several restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Several good sized Sun Decks, Observation lounge with panoramic windows, Gift Shop, Mud room with lockers, Gym and Sauna, Polar Library, Business Center with Internet access, Elevator, Laundry room and an

Open Bridge for people to visit the captains area.

Cabin Facilities

​All 81 cabins on board the National Geographic Explorer face outward with either windows or portholes. Each cabin comes with a large desk, excellent drawer space, reading lamps, private en suite facilities, temperature controls and flatscreen TV showing the ship’s position and programming.

Most cabins also offer a comfortable armchair for reading. Bathrooms are a good size and come with a large glass-walled shower. Each bathroom is stocked with naturally-inspired bath and shower products, hair dryers and comfortable white robes. Suites come with twin sinks. Double cabins all come with different layouts.

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Activities Offered





$180 per person on average – camping info


$465 per person on average


Adventure itineraries only

Photography Workshop

Selected itineraries only

Shore-based walking

Included in price

Hiking and snowshoeing

Included in price

Polar Plunge and Zodiac Trip

Included in price

Helicopter Ride

Price varies


Price varies

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Sue Webb says August 12, 2019

What adaptor will I need to bring to use electrical outlet in cabin Category A solo cabin number 329. I will need to charge my camera battery. Many thanks, Sue Webb

    Burnham Arlidge says August 18, 2019

    Hi Sue,

    I think the Nat Geo Explorer provides two US power points and two Europe power points in each room.

    Burnham – Antarctica Guide Team

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