National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art 1A ice-class expedition ship that is fully stabilized, enabling it to navigate remote passages, and carries the most innovative tools for exploring from polar to tropical regions and the undersea. National Geographic Explorer passengers tend to be Adventurous older couples and singles and Mainly American. When all cabins have double occupancy, the ship provides a space ratio of 41.2 tons per passenger and a crew to passenger ratio of one for every 2.1 passengers. At full capacity the space ratio is 39.6 tons per passenger and the crew ratio is one to 2.2 passengers.
National Geographic Explorer features and undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, LEX/NG-certified photo instructor and video chronicler.
All gratuities ashore are included in the expedition cost. Gratuities to crew aboard ship are at the guests' discretion.
- Adults only
- smoking (some)
Explorer manages to get you as close to nature as possible whilst still offering you a wide enough range of publics rooms and entertainment facilities.
Erion features a range of traditional health & fitness amenities, including a Wellness Centre and a Fitness Centre. A Wellness program is also available onboard.
kid & teen
Though National Geographic Explorer does not have any facilities specially catered to children, she offers a range of daily activities and enrichment programs bounds to interest under-18s.
Daily kids activities include snorkelling and swimming with playful sea lions, hiking among colonies of birds, and sitting together as the community collectively recounts the day at Recap. These are the things you’ll remember together. Aboard ship, kids can never get too far away, but they’re also able to exercise their own independence. Often “kids’ tables” spontaneously form, giving kids the chance to create their own friendships. In other cases, families allow kids to freely join different activities groups by day, then enjoy dinner together every night.
Photo workshops with a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor using smart phones or point-and-shoots. Hands-on science using the video microscope and learning about conservation projects, plus hands-on nature lessons with our naturalists who are trained to work with kids and are excellent role models. Journals and journaling time. Scavenger hunts. And “certificates of achievement” for various accomplishments. The kids’ program is learning disguised as fun. You’ll see kids discover hidden talents and gain confidence while having the time of their lives. Kid-friendly menus and movie night with pizza are always a hit, too.
As an expedition ship, Explorer boasts an expansive range of exploration equipment, including: zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, underwater video cameras, Splash-Cam, video microscope, crow's nest camera remote controlled camera, and snorkelling gear. These allow guests to discover the destinations visited in more depth and in unusual ways. (Please note: exploration tools available vary depending on the destination)
Whilst onboard, experts on destinations and naturalists are available to talk to and also give lectures on a wide range of topics associated with the destinations visited.