National Geographic Explorer

Explorer was added to the Lindblad expedition fleet in 2008 and was originally designed to cruise along the coast of Norway. The fact that she was large enough to accommodate a reasonable number of guests, yet small enough to be able to reach some of the more remote locations that the planet has to offer, meant that she was just perfect to join National Geographic Orion as part of the polar expeditions fleet.

Unlike her smaller sister, the Explorer travels to both the Arctic and the Antarctic; giving explorers the chance to discover both poles and quench their thirst for extreme travel. After she was refurbished and equipped with the latest technology, Explorer was ready to sail to the world’s extremities and is now a firm feature within Lindblad’s array of vessels.

With a hull strong enough to combat the icy waters that she regularly traverses and an interior design that features plenty of glass in order to bring you closer to your new surroundings, this ship couldn’t be more suited to taking passengers on a polar peregrination.

A number of safety features are also in place to ensure that your journey is made as safe as possible and that the captain has all the information he needs to navigate the ship’s course effectively. These include: an ice radar that scans the path ahead and creates a picture of the ice; allowing the captain to choose the best route possible, a xenon powered ice light which reflects any unseen ice during dark or heavy conditions, and two different types of weather forecasting to help make informed decisions and avoid the disappointment of cancelled stops.


The accommodation on Explorer can look after 148 guests. The 81 cabins on offer include 13 which have wonderful private balconies, 6 suites which offer even more space than the already spacious cabins and 14 rooms which are purpose built for guests travelling on their own. Inside the cabins you will find a number of different features including:

  • Oversized picture windows or a balcony to bring you closer to the great outdoors.
  • Two single beds that can be converted to a queen sized bed or a standard queen-sized bed.
  • Large desk with plenty of draw space
  • Armchair for reading and relaxing
  • Personal climate control
  • Reading lamps
  • Cabins with private balconies also have outside chairs and a sliding door to provide access in and out.
  • Certain cabins include a living space which can be rearranged to accommodate for a third guest.
  • Flat screen TV with a choice of channels showing movies, documentaries, the ships path and pictures from the camera up in the crow’s nest.
  • Public address system so no sudden wildlife sightings are missed.
  • Expansive bathroom with toiletries, robes, towels and a hair dryer.
  • Twin sinks and glass-panelled shower.
  • Feather duvets
  • Ample space for storage of expedition essentials.
  • Atlas
  • Ethernet cable for internet access*

On Board Facilities

Along with these in-cabin features, there are also a number of public areas that are available for use throughout your expedition. Those featured on Explorer include:

  • Dining room which provides unreserved seating for enjoying a table-served dinner.
  • Bistro bar where you can enjoy your buffet-style lunch or afternoon tea.
  • Open bridge where you can converse with the captain or just enjoy the wonderful views.
  • Lounge in which presentations and slide-shows are often held and where you can socialise with other travellers.
  • Chart room which provides the perfect platform for viewing wildlife, whilst also offering a self-service beverage station which is stocked with all sorts of treats.
  • Library full of resources appropriate to the locations you are visiting.
  • Observation lounge which offers panoramic views galore.
  • Mudroom to change into your expedition gear, meaning you don’t have to store your bulky clothing items within your cabin.
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa*
  • Sauna
  • Global gallery showcasing some interesting pieces of art, jewellery, and handicrafts, whilst also offering the chance to purchase essentials such as cameras and binoculars.
  • Internet café for keeping in touch with loved ones back home*.
  • Photo kiosk where you can back up and store those important memories.
  • Laundry service*
  • On board doctor

Possible Activities

  • Zodiac trips to shore
  • Kayaking
  • The opportunity to view footage filmed beneath the waves and hear marine sounds recorded on a hydrophone.

*will incur additional charges.

National Geographic Explorer Expeditions