MS National Geographic Explorer

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National Geographic Explorer in fast ice, Antarctica.jpg
Cruise ship National Geographic Explorer in fast ice, Antarctica
Name: Midnatsol (1982–2003)
Midnatsol II (2003–2005)
Lyngen (2005-2008)
National Geographic Explorer (2008–)
Operator: Lindblad Expeditions
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Route: Antarctic, Arctic
Ordered: 12/1982
Builder: Ulstein Verft AS, Norway
Identification: Call sign: C6WR2
IMO number8019356
MMSI number: 309336000
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 6,471 GT
1,942 NT
Length: 112 m (367 ft 5 in)
Beam: 16.51 m (54 ft 2 in)
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Decks: 3
Ice class: 1A
Installed power: 2 × BMV KVM-16 (2 × 3200 hp)
Speed: 15.4 knots (28.5 km/h; 17.7 mph) (maximum)
12.1 knots (22.4 km/h; 13.9 mph) (average)[citation needed]
Capacity: 148 passengers

National Geographic Explorer is a small passenger vessel in the Lindblad Expeditions fleet. She can accommodate 148 guests. The ship is equipped with extra hull plating to withstand higher ice breaking tolerances.

The ship has educational and entertainment facilities, including a chart room, library, observation lounge, a fleet of 36 kayaks, a remote operated vehicle capable of diving to 1000 feet depth, a fleet of 14 zodiacs, lounge and fitness center.

The ship frequently follows routes in the Antarctic, Arctic, Norway, Greenland, and Canadian Highlands.[1]


National Geographic Explorer offers 81 cabins and suites which are all outside facing.


  1. ^ "Cruise Calendar". Lindblad Expeditions. Retrieved 10 February 2013.