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National Geographic Explorer

Sail through the shadows of majestic fjords before coming up on an icy enclave where you might catch a glimpse of a polar bear in its natural habitat. Journey with special permission to the exclusive Isla de los Estados in Patagonia. Explore Canada’s enigmatic beauty, from ancient Viking sites to native  Suites aboard <em>National Geographic Explorer</em> are luxurious and spacious. All accommodations aboard this ship have an ocean view.  wildlife to fascinating geology formations. These are just the few of the adventurous possibilities that you can encounter when sailing aboard a National Geographic Explorer cruise. National Geographic Explorer, refurbished and added to Lindblad’s fleet in 2008 after serving as the original Midnatsol for Hurtigruten, offers itineraries in desirable destinations including Europe, South America, Antarctica and Canada. These spectacular itineraries are once-in-a-lifetime expeditions where you are accompanied by onboard experts who can transform your voyage into a revolutionary experience.

What to Expect

The intimate National Geographic Explorer carries only 148 passengers, making it even easier for you to engage in one-on-one interaction time with the many National Geographic experts onboard. On your National Geographic Explorer cruise, you will discover experts from all fields of nature and conservation including biology, geology and even photography. These experts are available at all times of the day for impromptu lectures or lessons about the ever-changing scenery surrounding every National Geographic Explorer cruise. Each cruise features a nightly recap where you can hear about stories from earlier in the day as well as participate in a Q&A with an expert and learn about the next day’s plan. You’re destined to learn something new and fascinating with every itinerary.

Onboard National Geographic Explorer, you will come across a relaxed yet spontaneous atmosphere. Since the highlight of each cruise is destination-focused, this ship features :

  • Numerous observation decks, including access to the bow.
  • A large glass-enclosed observation lounge and library, where you can take in the magnetizing views and even snap some photos to take your memorable moments home.
  • Another unique feature of National Geographic Explorer is that you can visit the bridge 24-hours a day and interact with the captain and ship officers, an experience you cannot find on many other ships (please note that the bridge may be restricted from the public at times).
  • Additionally, a popular feature of this ship is its Chart Room, which has a 24-hour beverage station.

All accommodations have a large window or private balcony and are accentuated by soothing earth colors and luxurious amenities. The ship’s cuisine, inspired by the region and freshly sourced whenever possible, is certain to make your taste buds tingle with delight (as is the traditional fare that is also available). Don’t be surprised to find the ship’s officers, naturalists and guest speakers to join in on dining with you.

Onboard Equipment

National Geographic Explorer features some of the most high-tech sea-faring equipment found in an expedition vessel so you can explore safely. This includes equipment to forecast ice conditions, remotely controlled underwater cameras, and a hull thick enough to break through even the toughest of ice. National Geographic Explorer also prides itself in continuing the National Geographic way of exploring with conservation in mind. Every effort is made to increase the Eco-friendliness of every cruise. This includes filling the pantries and freezers with only sustainable and fresh local ingredients. Not only does this help the environment but provides for some deliciously creative meals.

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Onboard Experts

Imagine opening up an issue of National Geographic only to discover out that you were there when that picture was taken – when sailing onboard a National Geographic Explorer cruise, that  Onboard experts are easily approachable and willing to hold discussions with you.  vision can easily, and often does, turn into a reality. Every Linblad Expeditions cruise features the company of many exploration experts, including National Geographic specialists and other professionals, such naturalists, archaeologists and underwater divers. Every National Geographic Explorer cruise has a National Geographic photographer onboard. During the course of every cruise these experts will teach you about the surrounding wildlife and even give hands-on demonstrations of local techniques. You will be able to find them onboard during the evening, often giving a private talk over cocktails or an impromptu lecture during dinner.

Included Excursions

Cruises aboard National Geographic Explorer are hassle-free so you can spend less time worrying and more time experiencing the world around you. All excursions and explorations on this ship are included in the cruise price so you can simply enjoy them with no need to fret over their booking or coordination. From wildlife viewings to visits with local peoples, all will be provided for you.

Exploration Made Easy and Safe

When sailing aboard National Geographic Explorer, you’re not just a passenger, you’re an explorer! This ship has many onboard resources that make it easy for you to explore the majestic lands that you will visit. Among these tools are 15 Zodiacs, 36 two-person AIRE inflatable kayaks, a remotely operated vehicle that can reach up to 1,000 feet beneath the sea, and complimentary snorkeling gear and wetsuits so that you do not have to worry about traveling with your own gear.

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