National Geographic Explorer

Originally constructed for service along Norway’s coast as part of the famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express, she ferried passengers among the fjords of this iconic coast in conditions that could deteriorate into heavy seas in a matter of minutes. She had to be able to handle deep swells and towering waves—and have a high degree of maneuverability. Those traits, and an ideal size, makes her a natural choice for expedition voyages to the polar regions. 

National Geographic Explorer is equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the environment.

For many guests she remains their paradigm of an expedition ship. She is devoted to exploration—from her Welcoming Bridge, and the Chart Room below it where you can tuck in to warm up with a hot chocolate, to her high-perched Observation deck with its aqueous light and compelling 24/7 views. Even the art on the walls—from the Hurley prints of Shackleton’s expedition to the stunning National Geographic photos— tells an uber-narrative of globe-spanning travel and a dedication to curiosity and wonder.

Ship Features

  • All voyages will have a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and a video chronicler onboard. 
  • Public Areas: Reception; three dining areas; global gallery; library, B&H Photo locker; 24-hour Bistro area beverage bar; lounge with bar and state-of-the-art presentation facilities; observation lounge; mudroom with lockers for expedition gear; plus open access to the Bridge, the Captain, officers and on-duty wildlife spotters. 
  • Cabins: All feature windows or portholes, private facilities, climate controls, hair dryers, and TV, plus Ethernet, Wi-Fi connections, and USB ports for mobile devices. Some cabins have balconies. Single cabins in Category SA and Category SB are located on the main deck and upper deck. 
  • Meals: Meals are served in the dining room, Bistro bar, or the Observation lounge, at a single seating with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menus feature sustainable choices, local where possible.
  • Wellness: A glass-enclosed fitness center, outdoor stretching area, a LEXspa treatment room and sauna, staffed by wellness specialists.
  • Expedition Equipment: Zodiac landing craft, a fleet of double kayaks, a crow’s nest camera, a hydrophone, underwater video cameras, video microscope, and an ROV. 

Ship Specifications

  • MAX # of guests: 148
  • Expedition team: 
  • Ice Class: 1A
  • Year Launched: 1982, rebuilt 1988, converted 2008

Ship Gallery

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD

Mandatory Charter Flights are an additional cost and not included in the cabin pricing. See neon green box in pricing grid for the cost of the charter flights.

  • Charter flights for Antarctica Direct Itineraries are between Puerto Natales, Chile and King George Island, Antarctica
  • Charter fights for Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands departures are between Buenos Aires & Ushuaia

Single Travelers

  • Can book a dedicated solo cabin in Category A Solo or Category B Solo at the prices listed above
  • Share cabins may be available in select cabin categories, please enquire for more details
  • If booking Cat 1 – 7 at solo occupancy, the rate is 2x the per person share price

Adventure Options

  • Paddling – included in the voyage cost. Guests may have the chance to paddle once, conditions permitting.

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Feb 3 - Feb 10, 2026 (8 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$9,975
 
Category 2
$11,084
 
Category 3
$11,395
 
Category 4
$12,177
 
Category 5
$14,971
 
Category 6
$17,245
Limited
Category 7
$18,950
Limited
Category A Solo
$14,462
 
Category B Solo
$16,592
 
Charter Flights
$3,000
 

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Jan 29 - Feb 5, 2026 (8 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$9,975
 
Category 2
$11,084
 
Category 3
$11,395
 
Category 4
$12,177
 
Category 5
$14,971
 
Category 6
$17,245
Limited
Category 7
$18,950
Limited
Category A Solo
$14,462
 
Category B Solo
$16,592
 
Charter Flights
$3,000
 

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2026 (8 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$9,975
 
Category 2
$11,084
Limited
Category 3
$11,395
 
Category 4
$12,177
 
Category 5
$14,971
 
Category 6
$17,245
Limited
Category 7
$18,950
Limited
Category A Solo
$14,462
 
Category B Solo
$16,592
 
Charter Flights
$3,000
 

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Jan 10 - Jan 17, 2026 (8 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$10,179
 
Category 2
$11,311
Full
Category 3
$11,628
 
Category 4
$12,426
 
Category 5
$15,277
Full
Category 6
$17,597
Limited
Category 7
$19,337
Limited
Category A Solo
$14,758
 
Category B Solo
$16,932
Full
Charter Flights
$3,000
 

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Dec 27 - Jan 3, 2025 - 2026 (8 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$10,975
 
Category 2
$12,207
 
Category 3
$12,553
 
Category 4
$13,422
 
Category 5
$16,527
 
Category 6
$19,054
Limited
Category 7
$20,950
Limited
Category A Solo
$15,962
 
Category B Solo
$18,329
 
Charter Flights
$3,000
 

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Dec 22 - Dec 29, 2025 (8 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$10,975
 
Category 2
$12,207
 
Category 3
$12,553
 
Category 4
$13,422
 
Category 5
$16,527
 
Category 6
$19,054
Limited
Category 7
$20,950
Full
Category A Solo
$15,962
 
Category B Solo
$18,329
 
Charter Flights
$3,000
 

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Dec 8 - Dec 15, 2025 (8 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$8,975
Full
Category 2
$9,960
Limited
Category 3
$10,235
 
Category 4
$10,930
 
Category 5
$13,412
Limited
Category 6
$15,432
Limited
Category 7
$16,950
Full
Category A Solo
$12,962
 
Category B Solo
$14,852
 
Charter Flights
$3,000
 

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Dec 3 - Dec 10, 2025 (8 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$9,159
Limited
Category 2
$10,164
Full
Category 3
$10,444
Limited
Category 4
$11,154
Limited
Category 5
$13,686
Full
Category 6
$15,747
Limited
Category 7
$17,296
Full
Category A Solo
$13,228
 
Category B Solo
$15,156
 
Charter Flights
$3,000
 

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2025 (8 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$8,975
 
Category 2
$9,960
 
Category 3
$10,235
 
Category 4
$10,930
 
Category 5
$13,412
 
Category 6
$15,432
Limited
Category 7
$16,950
Limited
Category A Solo
$12,962
 
Category B Solo
$14,852
 
Charter Flights
$3,000
 

Antarctica Direct: Fly the Drake Passage

Nov 14 - Nov 21, 2025 (8 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$8,066
Limited
Category 2
$9,960
Limited
Category 3
$10,235
 
Category 4
$10,930
 
Category 5
$13,412
Limited
Category 6
$15,432
Limited
Category 7
$16,950
Full
Category A Solo
$12,962
Limited
Category B Solo
$14,852
Limited
Charter Flights
$3,000
 
Category 1
$28,304
 
Category 2
$31,802
 
Category 3
$32,784
 
Category 4
$35,251
 
Category 5
$44,063
 
Category 6
$51,236
Limited
Category 7
$56,607
Limited
Category A Solo
$42,455
 
Category B Solo
$49,176
 
Charter Flights
$1,370
 

Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands

Oct 30 - Nov 20, 2024 (22 days)
Paddling
Category 1
$28,304
Early Payment Discount 25%
$21,228
 
Category 2
$31,802
Early Payment Discount 25%
$23,852
Limited
Category 3
$32,784
Early Payment Discount 25%
$24,588
 
Category 4
$35,251
Early Payment Discount 20%
$28,201
 
Category 5
$44,063
Early Payment Discount 20%
$35,250
 
Category 6
$51,236
Early Payment Discount 20%
$40,989
Limited
Category 7
$56,607
Early Payment Discount 20%
$45,286
Full
Category A Solo
$42,455
Early Payment Discount 20%
$33,964
Full
Category B Solo
$49,176
Early Payment Discount 20%
$39,341
Full
Charter Flights
$1,370
 

Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Category 7

#215, 219, 230 — Newly renovated in May 2023, each large suite has a private balcony, two single beds that can be converted into a queen, and a sofa bed that can be converted into a triple. There is a seating area with a writing desk, coffee table with sitting chair, and a small table. Suites feature a double closet, TV, mini bar, and espresso maker. Bathrooms are generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall.

Category 6

Veranda Deck, #101-102 — Newly renovated in May 2023, each spacious suite has two single beds that can be converted into a queen, a sofa-bed that can be converted into a triple, a writing desk, double closet, chairs, three large windows, TV, mini bar, and espresso maker. Bathrooms are generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall. Upper Deck, #213 — Newly renovated in May 2023, this spacious suite has a private balcony with glass doors, two single beds that can be converted into a queen, a writing desk, double closet, armchairs, TV, mini bar, and espresso maker. Bathrooms are generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall. Guests receive a welcome amenity, complimentary laundry, and priority access to one spa appointment per departure.

Category 5

#209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224 — Cabins feature a balcony with sliding glass doors, one queen-sized bed, writing desk, floor length mirror, reading lamps, private bathrooms with a glass-wall shower, and a TV. (Cabin 221 has two single beds that can convert to a queen.)

Category 4

Veranda Deck #103-104, 107-108 — Cabins feature two single beds than can convert into a queen. They have a writing desk, floor length mirror, reading lamps, sitting chair, private bathrooms with a glass-wall shower, and a TV. Upper Deck #201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228 — Cabins feature two single beds than can convert into a queen (cabins 217, 226 & 228 have a queen bed only). They have a writing desk, floor length mirror, reading lamps, sitting chair, private bathrooms with a glass-wall shower, and a TV.

Category 3

#313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344-350 — Cabins feature two single beds (can be converted to a queen-sized bed), one large window, a sitting chair, a small table, ample storage, writing desk with chair, floor length mirror, reading lamps, TV, and well-appointed bathrooms with a roomy glass-wall shower. #341 & 343 — newly renovated in May 2023, each L-shaped suite also has a sofa-bed that can be converted into a triple, double closet, espresso maker, and generously sized bathrooms.

Category 2

#317-320, 335-336 — Cabins feature two single beds (some can convert to a queen-sized bed), and one large window. They offer a writing desk, floor length mirror, reading lamps, sitting chair, well-appointed bathrooms with a roomy glass-wall shower, and a TV.

Category 1

#301-308 — Cabins feature one or two portholes. Cabins #301, 302, and 307 have two twin beds. Cabins #304-306 feature one queen-sized bed. Cabin #308 features two twin beds that can be converted to a queen. All cabins feature a writing desk, floor length mirror, reading lamps, well-appointed bathrooms with a roomy glass-wall shower, and a TV.

Category A Solo

#309-311, 329-334 — These cabins feature one single bed and a large window, a writing desk, reading lamp, bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall, and a TV.

Category B Solo

Veranda Deck: #105-106; Upper Deck: #203, 208 — These cabins feature one single bed and a large window, a writing desk, reading lamp, bathroom with a roomy glass-walled shower stall, and a TV.

Deck Plan