National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, with an Ice-1A Super on the forward hull, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiacs. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world
The multi-windowed main Dining Room is a casual and relaxing place. There's no assigned seating to allow for free mingling - and configurations from tables for two to banquettes and a Captain's Table that seats twelve. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, while dinner is served.
Choose to dine in the Bistro Bar whenever you prefer, or drop by for a cappucino or a latté, or a drink in the evening - especially when a gifted player is seated at the piano.
Explorer's bow and deck spaces are perfect for stretching your legs; shooting photos; gathering with onboard experts to observe and learn; and experiencing the unparalleled freshness and immediacy of life at sea.
The well-stocked library, furnished with inviting leather reading chairs and brimming with definitive guides, books, novels and gorgeously illustrated coffee table books, offers a warm and relaxing environment for reading and scanning the horizon.
The Lounge is the heart of the expedition community. It's where guests and expert staff convene daily for Recap - entertaining and informative presentations, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres. The Lounge is also a great place to hunker down with a book, open your laptop, or catch the "golden hour" in midnight sun geographies.
The Mud Room enables safe, simple loading and unloading of Zodiacs, allowing more exploration time. It also contains assigned lockers for conveniently stowing life vests, outdoor clothing and gear.
The Chart Room, decorated in hues of warm mahogany and cool chromes, is a magnet for the navigation-enthused. It boasts nautical maps and hot beverage station offering coffee, tea and hot cocoa.
Visit the LEXspa for relaxing massages and body treatments. Includes sauna, shower, towels and robes, two Wellness specialists, and two treatment rooms.
The onboard fitness center is equipped with freeweights, stretch bands, balance balls, treadmills, elliptical and stationary bikes.
Travel with a veritable Who’s Who of fascinating travel companions from the top tiers of world affairs, journalism and exploration.
The guest speakers in our Global Perspectives program ratchet up the caliber of experience, expertise and insight our expedition team and National Geographic photographers provide. Available exclusively aboard National Geographic Explorer, our program provides the opportunity to travel with fascinating people that you might have seen in the news, on television, or in a lecture hall – now easily available to you in person, in the intimate and conversational context of an expedition.