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WEM Antarctica: Exploring the National Geographic Explorer ship

A visit to Antarctica is like no other, equally challenging as it is rewarding, the awe-inspiring landscapes and superb wildlife-viewing opportunities make for a once in a lifetime trip. Taking at least 2 days just to cross the Drake Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula, it is one of the furthest and most unique places to visit and on our Antarctic Extreme Medicine mini conference cruise you travel in style aboard the National Geographic Explorer ship.

As one of the most recognisable expedition vessels in the world, she has won awards for the quality of her itineraries, the like of which you will experience during this conference cruise as well as for the high calibre of staff onboard – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. The National Geographic Explorer offers the added luxury of comfort and delivers a quality of shipboard life designed to relax and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.

Here is just a small selection of the highlights on board the National Geographic Explorer ship, that will help bring extraordinary adventure and amazing experiences to your trip:

  • A full set of exploration tools including 5 landing Zodiacs and 36 two-person kayaks that can be deployed at a moment’s notice in order to take advantage of unplanned sightseeing opportunities, as well as undertake scheduled excursions and landings ashore.

  • Remotely operated vehicle to see beyond the range of any diver and uncover the secrets of the deep.

  • A range of photography equipment including high definition cameras and a crow’s nest camera to provide footage to your in-cabin TV as well as projected into the ship’s lounge.

  • 3 underwater microphones to hear the marine mammals and experience remarkable ‘chatter’ in real time

  • The opportunity to visit the captain and their officers on the bridge and learn more about what it takes to navigate a ship in the polar regions

  • A highly trained National Geographic expedition team comprised of a veteran expedition leader, an undersea specialist, a certified photo instructor plus a team of 8 naturalists with specialities including zoology, geology and polar history. This experienced team will lead a daily programme of briefings, excursions and insightful lectures.

Upon embarking the expedition ship in Ushuaia, Argentina on Day 2 of the itinerary, your adventure at sea will begin and for the next nine days will be your home away from home. The ship plays host to 148 guests and you will soon make yourself comfortable in one of the 81 cabins spread across the ship’s Main, Upper and Veranda Decks; an inviting sanctuary, perfect after an active day. For those choosing a cabin with a private veranda, take a moment (or two) to watch the spectacular scenery drift by in slow motion.

Once on board, life is very casual. Feel free to roam the ship, exploring the nooks and crannies, mingle with like-minded new-found friends and head out on activities led by the naturalist whose interests mirror your own. You are free to do as much or as little as you like with experiences and activities tailor-made to your requirements which makes each day of your expedition uniquely yours, and deeply rewarding. No one day will be the same during your explorations, and day-to-day itineraries will change depending on conditions, allowing you to take advantage of rare wildlife sightings, watching whales feed off the bow, or even enjoy a pre-dinner kayaking excursion.

National Geographic Explorer ship

You’ll discover the lounge is the heart of the expedition community; where you can gather and discuss the day’s events, sort out your photography files with the resident photographers or simply just sit back and relax with binoculars at the ready. The bow is also a great place for staff and guests to converge, to scope out the landscape and scan the water for marine mammals or those seeking a quiet corner, escape to the windowed library with its abundance of books.

When you can find time amongst your busy schedule to eat, breakfast and lunch are buffet style and dinner is served. Whether you choose the dining room or one of the ship’s more casual dining spaces the food is delicious, all freshly prepared with ingredients often sourced from local ports and fisheries. You’ll always find an open station for hot and cold beverages, plus afternoon tea and cookies for when you’re feeling a little peckish in between excursions.

For the early birds, greet the polar mornings with a pre-breakfast stretching session led by the wellness specialist or sleep in and use the fitness centre at your own pleasure. There is even an onboard spa where you can take advantage of one of the many massage therapies and body treatments available, the perfect relaxation after an active day of exploring.


Inspired? You too, could be joining us on this truly epic expedition, experiencing jaw-dropping scenery, amazing wildlife encounters and learning from some of the world’s experts. Take your career to the next level!