National Geographic Explorer

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

National Geographic Explorer current position

National Geographic Explorer current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 66.60157 N / -54.11331 W) cruising at speed of 14.1 kn (26 kph/ 16 mph) en route to EVIGHEDSFJORD. The AIS position was reported 26 minutes ago.

All Itineraries Current Position

Current itinerary of National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer current cruise is 16 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq. Prices start from USD 20370 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 31 Jul, 2022 and ends on 16 Aug, 2022.

Date / TimePort
31 Jul    Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland hotels
01 Aug    Flatey Island, Iceland
02 Aug    fjord cruising
02 Aug    Vigur Island, Iceland
03 Aug    Isafjordur, Westfjords Iceland
05 Aug    Skjoldungen Island Greenland
06 Aug    Prince Christian Sound Greenland
06 Aug    Nanortalik, Greenland
07 Aug    Hvalsey, Greenland
07 Aug    Qaqortoq, Greenland
08 Aug    fjord cruising
08 Aug    Qassiarsuk, Greenland
09 Aug    Nuuk, Greenland
10 Aug    Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
10 Aug    Kangaamiut, Akulleq Island, Greenland
11 Aug    Sisimiut, Greenland
12 Aug - 13 Aug    coastal cruising
14 Aug    Uummannaq, Greenland
14 Aug    coastal cruising
15 Aug    fjord cruising
16 Aug    Arriving in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland hotels

Specifications of National Geographic Explorer

Year built1982  /  Age: 40
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderUlstein Verft AS (Ulsteinvik, Norway)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Engines (power)Rolls-Royce Bergen (4.7 MW / 6303 hp)
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)112 m / 367 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 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
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc (via Lindblad Expeditions Holdings LLC)
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises (via LEX Explorer Ltd)

National Geographic Explorer Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Jul 31 16 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq Reykjavik $20370
2022 Jul 31 16 days, round-trip 17 Night Iceland and Greenland Edge of the Arctic Cruise and Land Tour Reykjavik $20370
2022 Jul 31 16 days, round-trip 17 Night Iceland and Greenland Edge of the Arctic Cruise and Land Tour Reykjavik $20370
2022 Aug 15 15 days, one-way from Reykjavik to St Johns NL Reykjavik $17010
2022 Aug 15 15 days, one-way from Reykjavik to St Johns NL Reykjavik $17010
2022 Aug 16 14 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to St Johns NL Kangerlussuaq $17010
2022 Aug 30 9 days, round-trip 9 Night The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland Cruise St Johns NL $10150
2022 Sep 08 9 days, round-trip 9 Night The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland Cruise St Johns NL $10150
2022 Sep 25 20 days, one-way from Port-of-Spain to Salvador de Bahia Port-of-Spain $26340
2022 Sep 26 19 days, one-way from Port-of-Spain to Salvador de Bahia Port-of-Spain $26340
2022 Oct 24 16 days, one-way from Valparaiso-Santiago to Ushuaia Valparaiso-Santiago $21380
2022 Oct 24 16 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas $21380
2022 Nov 09 20 days, round-trip 21 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $26410
2022 Nov 09 20 days, round-trip 21 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $26410
2022 Nov 09 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia $26410
2022 Nov 29 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15380
2022 Nov 29 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15380
2022 Dec 09 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15380
2022 Dec 09 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15380
2022 Dec 19 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $17100
2022 Dec 19 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $17100
2022 Dec 29 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $17100
2022 Dec 29 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $17100
2023 Jan 08 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15380
2023 Jan 08 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15380
2023 Jan 18 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15380
2023 Jan 18 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15380
2023 Jan 28 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15380
2023 Jan 28 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15380
2023 Feb 07 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15380
2023 Feb 07 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $15380
2023 Feb 17 20 days, round-trip 21 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $26410
2023 Feb 17 20 days, round-trip 21 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $28260
2023 Feb 17 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia $26410
2023 Mar 09 34 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Lisbon Buenos Aires $28010
2023 Mar 09 33 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Funchal Ushuaia $28010
2023 Jun 07 9 days, one-way from Copenhagen to London-Tilbury Copenhagen $10050
2023 Jun 16 14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $17770
2023 Jun 30 12 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen $12740
2023 Jul 12 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $12520
2023 Jul 21 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise Reykjavik $12280
2023 Jul 30 16 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq Reykjavik $20980
2023 Jul 30 16 days, round-trip 17 Night Iceland and Greenland Edge of the Arctic Cruise and Land Tour Reykjavik $20980
2023 Aug 14 15 days, one-way from Reykjavik to St Johns NL Reykjavik $17860
2023 Aug 15 14 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to St Johns NL Kangerlussuaq $17860
2023 Aug 29 9 days, round-trip 9 Night The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland Cruise St Johns NL $10660
2023 Sep 07 9 days, round-trip 9 Night The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland Cruise St Johns NL $10450
2023 Sep 25 20 days, one-way from Port-of-Spain to Salvador de Bahia Port-of-Spain $27130
2023 Sep 26 19 days, one-way from Port-of-Spain to Salvador de Bahia Port-of-Spain $27130
2023 Oct 24 8 days, round-trip 9 Night Patagonia Chilean Fjords and Argentinas Staten Island Cruise and Land Tour Valparaiso-Santiago $13180
2023 Oct 24 8 days, one-way from Puerto Natales to Ushuaia Puerto Natales $13180
2023 Nov 01 8 days, round-trip 9 Night Patagonia Chilean Fjords and Argentinas Staten Island Cruise and Land Tour Valparaiso-Santiago $13180
2023 Nov 01 8 days, one-way from Puerto Natales to Ushuaia Puerto Natales $13180
2023 Nov 09 20 days, round-trip 21 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $27200
2023 Nov 09 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia $27200
2023 Nov 29 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15840
2023 Nov 29 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15840
2023 Dec 09 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15840
2023 Dec 09 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15840
2023 Dec 19 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $17610
2023 Dec 19 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $17610
2023 Dec 29 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $17610
2023 Dec 29 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $17610
2024 Jan 08 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15840
2024 Jan 08 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15840
2024 Jan 18 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15840
2024 Jan 18 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15840
2024 Jan 28 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15840
2024 Jan 28 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15840
2024 Feb 07 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15840
2024 Feb 07 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $15840
2024 Feb 17 20 days, round-trip 21 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise and Land Tour Buenos Aires $27200
2024 Feb 17 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia $27200

National Geographic Explorer Review

Review of National Geographic Explorer

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 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 polar regions. The ship is perfectly suited for cruising expeditions, carrying wet suits, diving/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.

Nat Geo Explorer has max draft 4,7 m (16 ft) and a powerplant based on two Rolls-Royce Bergen marine diesel engines (model Normo-Bergen KVM-16) with total power output 4708 kW. The vessel (yard/hull number 114470) was constructed by Hatlo Verksted AS in Ulsteinvik Norway.

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