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
Launched: 22 May 1982
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)
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. She was previously operated by Hurtigruten.

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


Since May 3 2020 the ship have been anchored outside of Frederikshavn due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on cruise ships.[2] On June 14 a 32 year old male crew member from the Philippines assaulted two other crew members with a knife and a bottle. The ship docked in Frederikshavn where the attacker was arrested and the two victims were hospitalised.[3][2]


MS National Geographic Explorer at Greenland, 2008

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.


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


  1. ^ "Cruise Calendar". Lindblad Expeditions. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Voldsomt slagsmål til søs ud for Frederikshavn". Kanal Frederikshavn (in Danish). 14 June 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  3. ^ Maj Pedersen, Henriette (14 June 2020). "Voldsomt slagsmål til søs: 32-årig mand fængslet efter knivstikkeri". TV2 Nord (in Danish). Retrieved 15 June 2020.