National Geographic Explorer Antarctica Cruise Ship


In 2009, I was lucky enough to go on Antarctica cruise aboard the Ocean Nova ship. There were several other boats docked at Ushuaia, Argentina that I was able to take pictures of including the Polar Star and the National Geographic Explorer (shown below) - yes, it was pretty sweet ship!

National Geographic Explorer docked at Ushuaia, Argentina - mouseover image for close-up

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As you board the Explorer, you have your first whale sighting! ;-)

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Didn't have time to get a drink at the bar - darn!

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Wide Angle view of the Bar/Lounge

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Dining Room of the National Geographic Explorer

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Explorer's Upper Deck Observatory area - great for more whale viewing

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National Geographic Explorer Bridge which is open to passengers

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Remote Controlled Vehicle - can dive up to 1,000 feet underwater and send back live footage

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Workout Facilities on the National Geographic Explorer

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After working out, enjoy a massage - mouseover image to see 2nd (!) massage room

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And yes, there is even a Grand Piano on the National Geographic Explorer! ;-)

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NOTES: The National Geographic Explorer ship was actually built in 1982 and originally carried over 300 passengers and several dozen cars. Lindblad did an extensive refurbishment in 2007 so now it carries just 148 people in 81 rooms - all with windows and a dozen even have balconies. Toss in 14 Zodiacs and 26 Kayaks, plus a remotely controlled vehicle (with live video feed) and you are ready to explore!