MS National Geographic Explorer

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Cruise ship National Geographic Explorer in fast ice, Antarctica
  • Midnatsol (1982–2003)
  • Midnatsol II (2003–2005)
  • Lyngen (2005-2008)
  • National Geographic Explorer (2008–)
OperatorLindblad Expeditions
Port of registryNassau,  Bahamas
RouteAntarctic, Arctic
BuilderUlstein Verft AS, Norway
Launched22 May 1982
StatusIn service
General characteristics
TypeCruise ship
  • 6,471 GT
  • 1,942 NT
Length112 m (367 ft 5 in)
Beam16.51 m (54 ft 2 in)
Draft4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Ice class1A
Installed power2 × BMV KVM-16 (2 × 3200 hp)
Speed15.4 knots (28.5 km/h; 17.7 mph)
Capacity148 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]


For some time since May 3, 2020 the ship was anchored outside of Frederikshavn due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on cruise ships.[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. ^ "Voldsomt slagsmål til søs ud for Frederikshavn". Kanal Frederikshavn (in Danish). 14 June 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2020.