National Geographic Explorer

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

National Geographic Explorer current position

National Geographic Explorer current location is at South America East Coast (coordinates -54.62302 S / -35.93789 W) cruising en route to LARSEN HARBOR. The AIS position was reported 21 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer current cruise is 20 days, round-trip 21 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise and Land Tour. Prices start from USD 25895 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 20 Nov, 2021 and ends on 10 Dec, 2021.

Specifications of National Geographic Explorer

Year built1982  /  Age: 39
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

National Geographic Explorer Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Oct 19 18 days, one-way from Salvador de Bahia to Puerto Madryn Salvador de Bahia $23477
2021 Nov 04 16 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas $20965
2021 Nov 04 15 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales Ushuaia $20965
2021 Nov 10 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15078
2021 Nov 20 20 days, round-trip 21 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $25895
2021 Dec 10 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15090
2021 Dec 20 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $16752
2021 Dec 30 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $16759
2022 Jan 09 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15974
2022 Jan 16 7 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Bridgetown Philipsburg $4908
2022 Jan 19 20 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $27439
2022 Feb 08 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15671
2022 Feb 18 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15675
2022 May 25 14 days, round-trip 14 Night Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea Cruise Copenhagen $18185
2022 Jun 08 9 days, one-way from Copenhagen to London-Tilbury Copenhagen $9761
2022 Jun 17 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $9936
2022 Jul 01 11 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen $12132
2022 Jul 13 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $11930
2022 Jul 22 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $11914
2022 Jul 31 16 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq Reykjavik $20374
2022 Aug 16 14 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to St Johns NL Kangerlussuaq $17010
2022 Sep 26 19 days, one-way from Port-of-Spain to Salvador de Bahia Port-of-Spain $26344
2022 Sep 26 15 days, one-way from Port-of-Spain to Belem Port-of-Spain $26341
2022 Oct 24 16 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas $21375
2022 Oct 24 15 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales Ushuaia $20957
2022 Nov 09 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia $26416
2022 Nov 29 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15387
2022 Dec 09 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15373
2022 Dec 19 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $17094
2022 Dec 29 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $17093
2023 Jan 08 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15372
2023 Jan 18 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15388
2023 Jan 28 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15386
2023 Feb 07 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15378
2023 Feb 17 20 days, round-trip 21 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $26413

National Geographic Explorer Review

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The 1982-built National Geographic Explorer cruise ship was launched under the name MS Midnatsol (now Maud) for Hurtigruten.

The vessel (IMO number 8019356) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 309336000) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

The 162-passenger ship Nat Geo Explorer 1 is an expedition 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 travel vacation as active explorers. Lindblad cruise ships sail unique destinations to explore out-of-the-way inlets, making Zodiac landings and looking for wildlife.

Decks and Cabins

National Geographic Explorer has 5 decks (3 with cabins) and 81 staterooms, all of which are Outside with either portholes or picture 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

The boat's facilities and public areas 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.

Itineraries

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.

Following the Coronavirus crisis, in 2021 the NatGeo Explorer ship started operation in July with two alternating Iceland itineraries, both leaving roundtrip from Reykjavik.

  • (July 7, 2021) 6-day "Wild Island Escape" itinerary visits Westfjords (Djupavik), Arnafjordur (Dynjandi Waterfall), Latrabjarg Cliffs, Westman Islands (Heimaey and Surtsey). Fares started at USD 5180 per person (with double occupancy).
  • (July 11, 2021) 11-day "A Circumnavigation of Iceland" itinerary visits Flatey Island, Latrabjarg, Westfjords (Isafjardardjup, Vigur Island, Isafjordur), Siglufjordur and Akureyri, Lake Myvatn and Husavik, Langanes Peninsula, Djupivogur, Westman Islands (Heimaey and Surtsey). Fares started at USD 11460 per person.
  • Lindblad's cruise prices are inclusive of all meals, drinks, shore excursions (including Zodiac coastal cruising), complimentary bar tab, crew gratuities.

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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 snorkelling 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, snorkelling 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.

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