National Geographic Explorer

Polar Tracks Expeditions

National Geographic Explorer

Luxury Expedition Cruise Vessel

About the Ship

The National Geographic Explorer debuted in August 2008, the culmination of 40 years of expedition experience, designed with no detail left behind but with 21st century exploration in mind. With a state-of-the-art ice class and full stabilization, her public spaces include a chart room, library, wellness spa, sauna, observation lounge, lecture lounge fitness center and mudroom. All cabins are ocean-view, some with balconies and all cabins have private facilities. An elevator connects all guest decks.

  • Guest Capacity: 148
  • Length: 112 metres
  • Draft: 4.74 metres
  • Ice Class: 1A
  • Speed: 12.1 knots average cruising speed
  • Built: 2008
  • Cabins: 81
  • Elevator: Yes

Why We Like Her


    Top-deck glass-enclosed observation lounge – the Explorer is fitted with a dramatic window-lined library and observation lounge perched at the very top of the ship, which is an ideal feature when traveling in the polar regions.


    Solo-travel friendly – the Explorer has 14 cabins specifically designed for solo travelers so that you can retire in privacy to a suite built for one.


    Inclusions – use of the 36-strong kayak fleet (on trips where available) and crew gratuities. On select voyages the bar tab is included as well.

Photos of the Ship

Insider Advice

We’re a different kind of agency. We work on the ships, with the teams, and are currently active in the polar regions. Our insider advice is truly that – straight from the field – and it’s updated in real time if things change.