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National Geographic Explorer

Former names: MS Lyngen, MS Midnatsol 2, MS Midnatsol

National Geographic Explorer Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Explorer

Year built1982  /  Age : 38
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderUlstein Verft AS (Ulsteinvik, Norway)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc
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 Lyngen, MS Midnatsol 2, MS Midnatsol

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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 onboard 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 - a 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 offers 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 Chart Room (facilities for films and presentations), Global Gallery (shop), Internet Cafe (Internet access), Observation Lounge with full-service bar, sauna, LEX spa, and a fitness center. The Explorer also features a well-stocked library which is a quiet refuge. The Sun Deck offers observation spaces for viewing the sculpted icebergs of Antarctica or the steep-walled fjords of Norway.

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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 remotely 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 especially 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 (remotely operated vehicle) can dive to 1000 ft / 305 m sea depth.

National Geographic Explorer Itineraries

The below listed National Geographic Explorer cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2020 May 03 14 days, round-trip 14 Night Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea Cruise Copenhagen $17333
2020 May 17 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to London Tilbury Copenhagen $11785
2020 May 27 13 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Bergen London Tilbury $15336
2020 Jun 10 11 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen
2020 Jun 21 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $11318
2020 Jun 30 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild Iceland Escape Cruise Reykjavik $5021
2020 Jul 04 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $11325
2020 Jul 13 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild Iceland Escape Cruise Reykjavik $5028
2020 Jul 17 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $11316
2020 Jul 26 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $11320
2020 Aug 08 14 days, round-trip 16 Night Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic Cruise and Land Tour Kangerlussuaq $17299
2020 Aug 22 14 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to St Johns NL Kangerlussuaq $16201
2020 Sep 05 8 days, round-trip 8 Night The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland Cruise St Johns NL $9811
2020 Sep 13 8 days, round-trip 8 Night The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland Cruise St Johns NL $9820
2020 Oct 10 16 days, one-way from Puerto Montt to Ushuaia Puerto Montt $19951
2020 Oct 26 14 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Port Stanley Ushuaia
2020 Nov 10 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $14943
2020 Nov 20 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia
2020 Nov 30 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $14944
2020 Dec 10 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $14930
2020 Dec 20 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $16125
2020 Dec 30 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $16123
2021 Jan 09 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $14941
2021 Jan 19 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $14934
2021 Jan 29 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $14935
2021 Feb 08 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $14933
2021 Feb 18 20 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $25759
2021 Mar 10 14 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Port Stanley Ushuaia
2021 May 08 14 days, round-trip 14 Night Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea Cruise Copenhagen $17480
2021 May 21 7 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Bergen Copenhagen
2021 May 22 8 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Bergen Copenhagen $9569
2021 May 30 13 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Bergen London Tilbury
2021 Jun 13 13 days, one-way from London Tilbury to Bergen London Tilbury $16597
2021 Jun 28 11 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen $11886
2021 Jul 08 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild Iceland Escape Cruise Reykjavik $5170
2021 Jul 12 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $11461
2021 Jul 21 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Wild Iceland Escape Cruise Reykjavik $5185
2021 Jul 25 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $11468
2021 Aug 03 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $11461
2021 Aug 16 14 days, round-trip 16 Night Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic Cruise and Land Tour Kangerlussuaq $17387
2021 Aug 30 14 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to St Johns NL Kangerlussuaq $16365
2021 Sep 13 8 days, round-trip 8 Night The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland Cruise St Johns NL $9946
2021 Sep 29 19 days, one-way from Port-of-Spain to Salvador de Bahia Port-of-Spain $25825
2021 Oct 19 18 days, one-way from Salvador de Bahia to Puerto Madryn Salvador de Bahia $23479
2021 Nov 10 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $15083
2021 Nov 20 20 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $25893
2021 Dec 10 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $15070
2021 Dec 20 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $16754
2021 Dec 30 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $16760
2022 Jan 09 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $15074
2022 Jan 19 20 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Ushuaia Ushuaia $25895
2022 Feb 08 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $15079
2022 Feb 18 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $15082

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