Built in 1982 for Hurtigruten, National Geographic Explorer joined Lindblad Expeditions in 2008. The ship spends its winters in Antarctica and summers in the Arctic, with a staff of naturalists, historians and photographers on board. It can accommodate 148 passengers and 70 crew across its six passenger decks. The 6,471 tonne vessel has an ice-strenghtened hull and state of the art expedition tools to allow it to travel through the polar regions.
There are 81 cabins, including 14 single cabins. The rest are are doubles and triples and vary in size from 188 to 388 square feet depending on class. Standard cabins have twin or queen bed, vanity/desk, flat screen television and a small bathroom with a shower.
There is one main dining room which serves regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients where possible.
There is a small LEXspa, a sauna and a fitness room on board. Other activities include lectures and briefings.
While there are no dedicated facilities or programs for children, when there is a considerable number of kids on board, the staff organise special activities for them. These may include learning to navigate a Zodiac, field excursions and viewing wildlife through a telescope.
– Cruise Passenger
“…We saw lots of lovely scenery and many moose, visited several museums and even more lighthouses, and learned about plants, geology, and anthropology. Whales were sighted several times. Local guides were good, whether they were dressed up as Vikings or singing traditional songs. If you want to see extreme northeastern Canada, this is the way to do it…”
– Cruise Critic
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