The National Geographic Explorer is an ice-class polar expedition vessel that holds 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the newest addition to the National Geographic fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world.
Public areas: Bistro Bar; Chart Room; Restaurant; Global Gallery; Library, Lounge with full service bar and state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations; Mud Room with lockers for expedition gear, and Observation Lounge. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about
Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair.
Special Features: A full-time doctor, Undersea Specialist, LEX Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler, Internet cafe and laundry.
Wellness: The vessel is staffed by two Wellness Specialists and features a glass enclosed Fitness Center, outdoor stretching area, two LEXspa treatment rooms and Sauna.
Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls.
Expedition Equipment: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, SplashCam, underwater video camera, Crow’s Nest remote controlled camera, video microscope, snorkeling gear.
Category 1: Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308
Category 2: Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336
Category 3: Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350
Category 4: Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
Category 5: Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
Category 6: Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite w/Balcony #213
Category 7: Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230
Category 2 Solo: Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334
Category 3 Solo: Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208
Category 3 Triple: Main Deck with Window #341, 343
Shared accommodations: Available in Categories 1 and 2.
Note: Cabins #209, 211, 214, 216-218, 220, 222, 224,
226, 228, 303-306 — These cabins have one queen sized
bed. All other double cabins have two lower single beds; some can convert to a queen-sized bed. Note: Sole occupancy cabins available in Categories 2 and 3.
The National Geographic Explorer cabins will be reconfigured in March 2010. Please call for the latest deck plan.