National Geographic Explorer Antarctica


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  • Specially equipped to handle the harsh Antarctic conditions with advanced navigation equipment and an ice-strengthened hull

  • Accommodates 148 passengers in 81 comfortably appointed cabins

  • Huge picture windows in the social areas and a number of the cabins ensure you can make the most of the spectacular Antarctic landscapes

  • Well-equipped cabins with National Geographic TV channels and the option to listen to lectures from the lounge in the comfort of your bedroom

  • Generously sized bathrooms with glass-walled showers

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Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.

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Discover Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands on board the National Geographic Explorer. This expedition vessel is equipped with the latest technologies to handle the Antarctic conditions & experienced guides to guarantee an unforgettable adventure.

An ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment ensure that National Geographic Explorer is perfectly designed to handle the tough Antarctic conditions and is a fantastic choice of expedition vessel when wishing the reach remote South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Not only is she practical but a stay on board will be comfortable too, with spacious cabins, decks and plenty of areas to chill-out and ensure there is plenty to keep guests entertained.

Every day brings with it a new adventure, and the on board kayaks and Zodiac boats bring you up close to Antarctic wildlife such as penguins, whales, seals and dolphins. An underwater camera reaches depths that cannot be reached by scuba diving, offering a glimpse into life in the realms of this mysterious underwater paradise.

There are 81 cabins on board the National Geographic Explorer, accommodating 148 guests in a mixture of spacious cabins and suites, single cabins and staterooms with private balconies. All of the cabins are outwards facing and feature huge picture windows for making the most of the spectacular scenery synonymous with the White Continent. Private bathrooms are modern and have glass-walled showers. In between land or Zodiac excursions, the cabins make for a great place to unwind, with flatscreen TVs showing a selection of National Geographic documentaries.

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The National Geographic Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 cabins, including six spacious suites, 13 cabins with private balconies and 14 designed for solo travelers. Cabins are all outwards facing and have huge picture windows to maximize the views. Each comes with individual climate control, a large desk and plenty of storage space, reading lamps, flatscreen TV with access to National Geographic documentaries and spacious bathrooms with glass-walled showers.


Spread over six decks, there is plenty of additional space on board the National Geographic Explorer and facilities include a window-lined library and observation lounge, as well as a chart room, spacious lounge and dining room. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center, a laundry room and a mudroom for storing expedition gear.


Spend days on expedition cruises by Zodiac or kayak to experience both the spectacular setting and to get up close to the Antarctic wildlife. Guests may also enjoy walking and hiking on The Falklands and up close encounters with penguin colonies on South Georgia Island. Observe whales, dolphins, penguins and other species of wildlife day to day and enjoy nature talks from the experienced guides. For a touch of relaxation take part in daily yoga classes or enjoy a massage or treatment in the comfort of your cabin.


  • Exploring the Lemaire Channel

    Boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and icebergs, the Lemaire Channel is a truly beautiful part of the Antarctic Peninsula to explore, both on your ship and on Zodiac excursions.

  • Spectacular South Georgia

    Longer Antarctic expeditions include time exploring South Georgia, arguably the highlight of your cruise. With breathtaking scenery, huge congregations of king and macaroni penguins and amazing birdlife, there is so much to discover here.

  • The Drake Passage

    The stretch of sea between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica is the Drake Passage, an often turbulent stretch of sea that marks the beginning and end of your journey south. Take in the midnight sunset and watch albatrosses fly alongside you.

  • The Falkland Islands

    With clear skies, seamless horizons and large numbers of penguins and albatross to be found on white sand beaches and amongst tufts of vibrant tussock grass, The Falkland Islands are rich in natural beauty and a visit here is culturally fascinating too.

  • Visiting Port Lockroy

    Port Lockroy is a British-built research station situated on Goudier Island and restored into a museum about the early explorers in 1996. A fascinating place to explore, and plenty of gentoo penguins outside to entertain you, too.

  • Whales, seals and dolphins

    Whilst most visitors find the penguins the primary draw in terms of Antarctic wildlife, the marine life includes numerous species of seal, dolphin and whale. Species include humpback whales, orcas, elephant and leopard seals, and hourglass dolphins.

  • Zodiac excursions

    One of the real highlights of an Antarctic cruise is getting out on the water in small Zodiac vessels, the ideal way to get up close to the icebergs, wildlife and marine life.

Location & directions


The starting point of your voyage to Antarctica is Ushuaia, the southern most city in South America.

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