National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer cruise ship
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Lindblad Expeditions

Current cruise:
11 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
08 Aug, 2018 - 19 Aug, 2018

National Geographic Explorer Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Explorer

Year built1982  /  Age : 36
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderUlstein Verft AS (Ulsteinvik, Norway)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
OwnerLindblad Expeditions
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)112 m / 367 ft
Beam (width)16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage6471 gt
Passengers148 - 162
Crew70
Passengers-to-space ratio41
Decks6
Cabins81
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesMS Midnatsol, MS Midnatsol 2, MS Lyngen

Review of National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer cruise ship was built in 1982 and launched under the name ms Midnatsol for Hurtigruten.

History - construction & ownership

The 6,471-ton, 162-passenger flagship of NatGeo fleet - National Geographic Explorer is an expedition cruise vessel able to reach the most remote shores of our planet, while offering a first-rate on board experience. The ship is outfitted with various tools for marine exploration.

Lindblad National Geographic Explorer cruise ship

The National Geographic Explorer ship is owned and operated by Lindblad Expeditions in cooperation with the National Geographic Society (aka NatGeo - an US non-profit institution for science and education). The partnership that Nat Geo has with the Lindblad Expeditions line enables passengers to enjoy an expedition style small ship cruise vacation as active explorers. Lindblad cruise ships sail unique destinations to explore out-of-the-way inlets, making Zodiac landings and looking for wildlife.

Cruise itinerary program

National Geographic Explorer itinerary program is based on expedition cruises in Antarctica during winter and in the Arctic during summer months. The ship also cruises along the Atlantic coast and explores the Baltic Sea region, Norway, Northwest Passage, Iceland, Canadian coastal and South America (Patagonia) itineraries leaving form various ports.

Cabins

National Geographic Explorer has 6 passenger decks and 81 cabins, all of which Outside with portholes or windows. The cabin grades number is 9.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Nat Geo Explorer has one Main Dining Room which offers single seating with unassigned tables, and a Bistro. The selection of dining options offer regional cuisine using local ingredients.Lindblad National Geographic Explorer cruise ship

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

National Geographic Explorer carries a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks, as well as HD cameras, hydrophones and video equipment allowing access to the amazing underwater world. In the lounge, passengers can view  images from the ocean’s depths, projected from a remotely operated vehicle. A full-time doctor, photo instructor, video chronicler, wellness and undersea specialists accompany every voyage. Internet access is also available. The officers and captain welcome travelers to the bridge according to the “Open Bridge” policy.Lindblad National Geographic Explorer cruise ship

Public areas on board include a lounge and bar, sauna, spa and fitness center. The Explorer also features a well-stocked library which is a quiet refuge. The deck offers observation spaces for viewing the sculpted icebergs of Antarctica or the steep-walled fjords of Norway.

National Geographic Explorer wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 9
  • Total number of cabins: 81 (all of which Outside)
  • Dining Rooms:  Dining Room (single seating with unassigned tables), Bistro.
  • Lounges & Bars: Observation Lounge with full-service bar, facilities for films and presentations, Chart Room, lounge, Global Gallery (shop), Internet Cafe.
  • LEX Spa, sauna, fitness center, Sun deck, library, Internet access, laundry service.
  • Lindblad's flagship National Geographic Explorer cruises from pole to pole (Arctic and Antarctica), and also in Europe - to Iceland, Greenland and the Norwegian Fjords.
  • The vessel was originally built as MS Midnatsol (link to the Hurtigruten ship). Today, Nat Geo Explorer is an expedition cruise ship designed to easily navigate in remote areas, specifically in the polar regions. It has extra hull plating to withstand high icebreaking tolerances.
  • As a true expedition cruising ship, National Geographic Explorer is staffed with a full-time doctor and a wellness specialist, a photo instructor and a video chronicler, and also an undersea specialist. Another feature is the specific expedition equipment on board, including a remote operated vehicle (diving to 1000 ft depth), a fleet of 36 2-person kayaks and 15 Zodiacs, wet suits and snorkeling gear, also a glass-bottom boat. Onboard educational and entertainment facilities are the observation lounge and the library. There is a mudroom with lockers providing storage for boots, thus saving space in cabins.
  • MS Explorer (aka "Nat Geo Explorer") is an expedition vessel designed specially for operations in the remote polar regions. The ship is perfectly suited for cruising expeditions, carrying wet suits, snorkeling gear, underwater cameras, kayaks, glass-bottom boat and a fleet of Zodiacs. The ship's ROV (remote operated vehicle) can dive to 1000 ft / 305 m sea depth.

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National Geographic Explorer Itineraries 2018

The below listed National Geographic Explorer cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Lindblad Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Kangerlussuaq cruise port

08 August 201811 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
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Prices starting
from $16143
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08 Aug      Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
09 Aug     Sisimiut, Greenland   
10 Aug     Disko Bay, Greenland   
11 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
12 Aug     Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Arctic Canada (Exploring)   
13 Aug     Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Arctic Canada (Exploring)   
14 Aug     Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Arctic Canada (Exploring)   
15 Aug     Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Arctic Canada (Exploring)   
16 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
17 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
18 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
19 Aug     Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
19 Aug      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland(flight)   

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Kangerlussuaq cruise port

19 August 201819 days, round-trip Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands
Prices starting
from $29988
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19 Aug      Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
20 Aug     Sisimiut, Greenland   
21 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
22 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
23 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
24 Aug     Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
25 Aug     Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
26 Aug     Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
27 Aug     Devon Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
28 Aug     Ellesmere Island, Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
29 Aug     Ellesmere Island, Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
30 Aug     At Sea   
31 Aug     At Sea   
01 Sep     At Sea   
02 Sep     At Sea   
03 Sep     At Sea   
04 Sep     Nuussuaq Peninsula, Greenland   
05 Sep     Ilulissat, Greenland   
06 Sep     At Sea   
07 Sep      Arriving in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   

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Reykjavik cruise port

08 September 20184 days, round-trip Hot Springs & Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland
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Prices starting
from $8066
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08 Sep      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland(flight)   
08 Sep      Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
09 Sep     Sisimiut, Greenland   
10 Sep     Disko Bay, Greenland   
10 Sep     Ilulissat, Greenland   
11 Sep     At Sea   
12 Sep     Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
12 Sep      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland(flight)   

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Reykjavik cruise port

12 September 20184 days, round-trip Hot Springs & Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland
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Prices starting
from $8066
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12 Sep      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland(flight)   
12 Sep      Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
13 Sep     Sisimiut, Greenland   
14 Sep     Disko Bay, Greenland   
14 Sep     Ilulissat, Greenland   
15 Sep     At Sea   
16 Sep     Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
16 Sep      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

24 October 201815 days, round-trip South Georgia and the Falklands
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Prices starting
from $19604
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24 Oct      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
24 Oct      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
25 Oct     At Sea   
26 Oct     Falkland Islands, Islas Malvinas   
27 Oct     Falkland Islands, Islas Malvinas   
28 Oct - 29 Oct     At Sea   
30 Oct     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
31 Oct     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
04 Nov - 05 Nov     At Sea   
06 Nov     Falkland Islands, Islas Malvinas   
07 Nov     At Sea   
08 Nov     Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Nov      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

08 November 201820 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
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Prices starting
from $27450
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08 Nov      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
08 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
09 Nov     At Sea   
10 Nov     West Point Island, Falkland Islands   
11 Nov     Port Stanley, East Falkland Island   
12 Nov - 13 Nov     At Sea   
14 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
15 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
16 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
17 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
18 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
19 Nov - 20 Nov     At Sea   
21 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
22 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
23 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
24 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
25 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
26 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
27 Nov     At Sea   
28 Nov     Ushuaia, Argentina   
28 Nov      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

28 November 201810 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $15878
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28 Nov      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
28 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
29 Nov     At Sea   
30 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
04 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
05 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
06 Dec - 07 Dec     At Sea   
08 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

18 December 201810 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $17146
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18 Dec      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
18 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
19 Dec     At Sea   
20 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
21 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
22 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
23 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
24 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
25 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
26 Dec - 27 Dec     At Sea   
28 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
28 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

28 December 201810 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $17146
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28 Dec      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
28 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
29 Dec     At Sea   
30 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
31 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
04 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
05 Jan - 06 Jan     At Sea   
07 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
07 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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National Geographic Explorer Itineraries 2019

The below listed National Geographic Explorer cruise prices on 2019 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Lindblad Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Buenos Aires cruise port

28 December 201810 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $17146
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28 Dec      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
28 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
29 Dec     At Sea   
30 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
31 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
04 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
05 Jan - 06 Jan     At Sea   
07 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
07 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

07 January 201910 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $15878
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07 Jan      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
07 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Jan     At Sea   
09 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
10 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
11 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
12 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
13 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
14 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
15 Jan - 16 Jan     At Sea   
17 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
17 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

17 January 201910 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $15878
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17 Jan      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
17 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
18 Jan     At Sea   
19 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
20 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
21 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
22 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
23 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
24 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
25 Jan - 26 Jan     At Sea   
27 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
27 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

27 January 201910 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $15878
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27 Jan      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
27 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
28 Jan     At Sea   
29 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
30 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
31 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
04 Feb - 05 Feb     At Sea   
06 Feb     Ushuaia, Argentina   
06 Feb      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

06 February 201910 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $15878
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06 Feb      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
06 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
07 Feb     At Sea   
08 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
09 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
10 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
11 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
12 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
13 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
14 Feb - 15 Feb     At Sea   
16 Feb     Ushuaia, Argentina   
16 Feb      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

16 February 201920 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
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Prices starting
from $27450
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16 Feb      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
16 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
17 Feb     At Sea   
18 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
19 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
20 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
21 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
22 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
23 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
24 Feb - 25 Feb     At Sea   
26 Feb     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
27 Feb     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
28 Feb     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Mar - 04 Mar     At Sea   
05 Mar     Port Stanley, East Falkland Island   
06 Mar     West Point Island, Falkland Islands   
07 Mar     At Sea   
08 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Mar      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Buenos Aires cruise port

08 March 201915 days, round-trip South Georgia and the Falklands
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Prices starting
from $19604
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08 Mar      Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
08 Mar      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
09 Mar     At Sea   
10 Mar     Falkland Islands, Islas Malvinas   
11 Mar     Falkland Islands, Islas Malvinas   
12 Mar - 13 Mar     At Sea   
14 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
15 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
16 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
17 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
18 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
19 Mar - 20 Mar     At Sea   
21 Mar     Falkland Islands, Islas Malvinas   
22 Mar     At Sea   
23 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
23 Mar      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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