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Explorer, Journey to Antarctica ex Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

11 Night Cruise Only


Cruise Itinerary
Date Port Arrive Depart
9 Dec 2021 Buenos Aires, Argentina Hotel
10 Dec 2021 Buenos Aires, Argentina Charter Flight to Ushuaia
10 Dec 2021 Ushuaia, Argentina Embark
11 Dec 2021 Drake Passage
12 Dec 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
13 Dec 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
14 Dec 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
15 Dec 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
16 Dec 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
17 Dec 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
18 Dec 2021 At Sea    
19 Dec 2021 At Sea    
20 Dec 2021 Ushuaia, Argentina Disembark Charter Flight to Buenos Aires
10 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard National Geographic Explorer. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Buenos Aires.

DAY 1: Overnight Hotel in Buenos Aires (Explorer, Endurance) or Santiago (Orion)
Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Endurance arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Alvear Art Hotel (or similar, Explorer) or Alvear Icon (or similar, Endurance). In the afternoon, we have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. (Day 2: L)

DAY 2: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship
Today we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Guests traveling aboard National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Endurance will from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ushuaia to embark the Explorer; and guests traveling aboard National Geographic Orion will fly from Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia to embark the Orion. This morning's charter flight will bring us over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you'll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you'll embark the expedition ship and set sail, (B,L,D)

DAY 3: At Sea
We awake this morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable - a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history. (B,L,D)

DAY 4-9: Antarctica
With nearly 24 hours of daylight, we make the most of our six days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected — perhaps watching a 40-ton whale surface off the bow. We are out daily. One day, you may take a Zodiac foray amid towering bergs under a bright sun, walk along the shoreline amid a huge penguin colony, hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, you’ll have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the pack ice, or step ashore to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins. You’ll learn from our experts how to identify penguins and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. Back aboard, our Undersea Specialist may present video from that day’s dive — rare images taken up to 1,000 feet below the surface using our ROV. Our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more. (B,L,D)

DAY 10-11: At Sea
As we sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross our bow, and our spotters will keep an eye out for marine life. There’ll be plenty of time to enjoy a wellness treatment, log some time in the gym, or catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read. Talks from our staff will reflect on all you have seen and learned.(B,L,D)

DAY 12: Ushuaia/Disembark/Buenos Aires
After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for our LAN charter flight to Buenos Aires. (B,L)

National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the newest addition to the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world.


Ship Profile & Stats
  • Tonnage: 2686
  • Length: 356 feet
  • Ship registration: Bahamas
  • Passenger capacity (dbl): 148
Ship Amenities
  • Individual Climate Control
  • Private Facilities
Ship Facilities
  • Bistro Bar
  • Chart Room
  • Restaurant
  • Global Gallery
  • Library
  • Lounge with Bar
  • Mud Room
  • Observation Loung
  • Open Bridge
  • Ship's Doctor
  • Undersea Specialist
  • LEX Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler
  • Internet Cafe
  • Laundry
  • Fitness Centre
  • Wellness Specialists
  • LEXspa Treatment Rooms & Sauna
For over 50 years, Lindblad Expeditions has been turning vacationers into informed and engaged explorers. Together with National Geographic we offer intimate small-ship expedition cruises that, unlike traditional cruises, are your opportunity to encounter the world’s most pristine and inspiring places up close with the seasoned experts who know them best.

Our expedition cruises provide the safest and most innovative ways to explore places already “discovered” and those that are still very, very wild. Whether you choose to go on a Galapagos cruise, an Alaska cruise, a cruise to Egypt, or any of our other cruise destinations, each expedition cruise features an unmatched combination of adventure travel technology as well as well-appointed cabins, regional and sustainable cuisine and friendly, personal service.

We believe the more closely our guests are able to connect with a destination, the more valuable an affect it will have on their lives and on the more they will come to care about and protect it for future exploration.

All Decks

Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230

All cabins face outside with private facilities and climate controls.

Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213

All cabins face outside with private facilities and climate controls.

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224

All cabins face outside with private facilities and climate controls.

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228

All cabins face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls.

Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350

All cabins face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls.

Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336

All cabins face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls.

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308

All cabins face outside with portholes, private facilities and climate controls.

Single Cabin located on Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334

All cabins face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls.

Single Occupancy Cabins located on Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208 Triples - Main Deck with Window #341, 343

All cabins face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls.
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