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World Explorer cruising through sea ice in the Antarctic Peninsula.

World Explorer

Ship Summary

Staff and Crew
130
Ice Class
1B
Cruising Speed
16 knots, in open water

Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy—these attributes and more describe World Explorer. Not only is it among our fastest ships, but it is also one of our finest, with six tiers of deluxe accommodation.

The personal space is exceptional. Every suite has either a private walk-out or French balcony for direct ocean views. World Explorer also delivers plenty of public areas to unwind in after a day outdoors, including the glass-domed Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation and full skyline views, the Explorer Lounge for a drink and a chat, and the library for more intimate relaxing and reading. Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theatre.

Health and wellness facilities feature an outdoor track, a small gym and a sauna, plus a spa with change rooms, showers and lockers. For the active adventurers, add-ons include kayaking, camping and stand-up paddleboarding.

Ship Specifications

Staff and Crew

130

Draft

4.7 meters

Registration

Portugal

Guests

172 (140 on Antarctic Express programs)

Propulsion

2 x Rolls Royce 9,000 kw hybrid diesel/electric

Lifeboats

2, fully-enclosed

Length

126 meters

Ice Class

1B

Breadth

19 meters

Cruising Speed

16 knots, in open water

Amenities

Ready Room

The Mudroom on Deck 3 enables you to comfortably prepare for, and disembark from, Zodiac excursions and shore landings and is conveniently located adjacent to zodiac embarkation points.
Polar Boutique aboard World Explorer

Polar Boutique

If you forgot any essentials or need a little souvenir from your voyage, the Polar Boutique on Deck 4 is our onboard gift shop. Opening hours will vary based on the daily expedition activities. Gifts and souvenirs are great to bring home as mementos of your polar expedition. In addition to small souvenirs, our Polar Boutique offers a selection of expedition gear, including base layer clothing, waterproof pants, gloves and more. 
Lecture Theatre

Lecture Theatre

Our theater-style auditorium on Deck 4 can easily accommodate everyone on board, so it serves as our main hall where presentations and videos are provided for your education and enjoyment. 
Explorer Lounge aboard World Explorer

Explorer Lounge

On Deck 4, the Explorer Lounge is used for special functions and events, and where you can grab a cup of complimentary coffee or tea. The Observation Lounge on Deck 7 is a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy panoramic polar views.
Restaurant

Restaurant

There is one dining room located on Deck 4. If there is one constant at sea, it is that you’ll enjoy delicious meals on a daily basis.
Bridge

Bridge

Observation Lounge

Observation Lounge

The glass-domed Observation Lounge on Deck 7 is a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy panoramic polar views.
L'Occitane Spa

L'Occitane Spa

The spa is located on Deck 7 and offers massages, facials, and hand and foot treatments using L’Occitane products.
Sauna

Sauna

Indulge in Health & Wellness amenities like the Sauna located on Deck 7 which also has a corresponding change room and shower.
Pool

Pool

Deck 7 features a large heated outdoor pool, surrounded by deck space, and flanked by two hot tubs.
Fitness Center

Fitness Center

Located on Deck 7, fitness center hours are posted at the door, with facilities available on a first come, first served basis.
Library in the World Explorer

Library

Located in the Observation Lounge on Deck 7, the library includes a selection of field guides, picture books and reference books.

Features of the Vessel

Passenger looking at the Antarctic from World Explorer

2 Rolls Royce Engines

World Explorer features two state-of-the-art Rolls Royce hybrid-electric engines, significantly reducing its environmental impact on the Polar Regions.
MAGS Infographic

MAGS

Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS) is the industry-leading system that converts waste into energy at the site that it's generated. MAGs eliminates the environmental impact of waste transportation, offering an innovative sustainability feature that exceed all industry standards.​
Outdoor Track

Outdoor Track

The Outdoor Track on Deck 8 offers a great way to stay active while aboard World Explorer; get your steps in while also enjoying the stunning landscapes and wildlife viewing opportunities the Polar Regions have to offer.
Wraparound deck

Wraparound Deck

Deck 8 offers a wraparound deck to take in panaromic views of the Polar Regions; various areas also feature heated seating, allowing for optimal comfort while out on deck.

Deck Plans & Cabins

Public Spaces on Deck 3

Ready Room

Ready Room

The Mudroom on Deck 3 enables you to comfortably prepare for, and disembark from, Zodiac excursions and shore landings and is conveniently located adjacent to zodiac embarkation points.

Public Spaces on Deck 4

Polar Boutique

Polar Boutique aboard World Explorer

Polar Boutique

If you forgot any essentials or need a little souvenir from your voyage, the Polar Boutique on Deck 4 is our onboard gift shop. Opening hours will vary based on the daily expedition activities. Gifts and souvenirs are great to bring home as mementos of your polar expedition. In addition to small souvenirs, our Polar Boutique offers a selection of expedition gear, including base layer clothing, waterproof pants, gloves and more. 

Lecture Theatre

Lecture Theatre

Lecture Theatre

Our theater-style auditorium on Deck 4 can easily accommodate everyone on board, so it serves as our main hall where presentations and videos are provided for your education and enjoyment. 

Explorer Lounge

Explorer Lounge aboard World Explorer

Explorer Lounge

On Deck 4, the Explorer Lounge is used for special functions and events, and where you can grab a cup of complimentary coffee or tea. The Observation Lounge on Deck 7 is a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy panoramic polar views.

Restaurant

Restaurant

Restaurant

There is one dining room located on Deck 4. If there is one constant at sea, it is that you’ll enjoy delicious meals on a daily basis.

Cabin Details for Deck 5

Infinity Suite

Infinity Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 270 sq. ft. (25 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a floor-to-ceiling glass French balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

  • Size (sqf)

    270

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Standard

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6
  • Size (sqf)

    270

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Standard

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6

Veranda Suite

Veranda Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 sq. ft. (5 sq. m) walk-out balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

  • Size (sqf)

    215

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Standard

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6
  • Size (sqf)

    215

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Standard

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6

Superior Suite

Superior Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 278 sq. ft. (26 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, walk-in closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

  • Size (sqf)

    278

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Premium

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6
  • Size (sqf)

    278

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Premium

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6

Deluxe Suite

Deluxe Suite

Located on Deck 5, and approximately 334 sq. ft. (31 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, double closets, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

  • Size (sqf)

    334

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Premium

  • Location
    • Deck 5
  • Size (sqf)

    334

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Premium

  • Location
    • Deck 5

Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower, dual vanity, and bathtub is also featured in each cabin.

  • Size (sqf)

    355

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Premium

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6
  • Size (sqf)

    355

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Premium

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6

Cabin Details for Deck 6

Triple

Triple

Located on Deck 6, and approximately 242 sq. ft. (22.5 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 sq. ft. (5 sq. m) walk-out balcony. A separate combo sitting area/bedroom with a sofa bed and additional closet is around the corner, and a refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

  • Size (sqf)

    242

  • Occupancy

    1-3

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds plus a sofa-bed

  • Class

    Standard

  • Location
    • Deck 6
  • Size (sqf)

    242

  • Occupancy

    1-3

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds plus a sofa-bed

  • Class

    Standard

  • Location
    • Deck 6

Infinity Suite

Infinity Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 270 sq. ft. (25 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a floor-to-ceiling glass French balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

  • Size (sqf)

    270

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Standard

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6
  • Size (sqf)

    270

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Standard

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6

Veranda Suite

Veranda Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 sq. ft. (5 sq. m) walk-out balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

  • Size (sqf)

    215

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Standard

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6
  • Size (sqf)

    215

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Standard

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6

Superior Suite

Superior Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 278 sq. ft. (26 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, walk-in closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

  • Size (sqf)

    278

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Premium

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6
  • Size (sqf)

    278

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Premium

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6

Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower, dual vanity, and bathtub is also featured in each cabin.

  • Size (sqf)

    355

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Premium

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6
  • Size (sqf)

    355

  • Occupancy

    1-2

  • Bed Config.

    1 double or 2 single beds

  • Class

    Premium

  • Location
    • Deck 5 ,
    • Deck 6

Public Spaces on Deck 6

Bridge

Bridge

Bridge

Public Spaces on Deck 7

Observation Lounge

Observation Lounge

Observation Lounge

The glass-domed Observation Lounge on Deck 7 is a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy panoramic polar views.

L'Occitane Spa

L'Occitane Spa

L'Occitane Spa

The spa is located on Deck 7 and offers massages, facials, and hand and foot treatments using L’Occitane products.

Sauna

Sauna

Sauna

Indulge in Health & Wellness amenities like the Sauna located on Deck 7 which also has a corresponding change room and shower.

Pool

Pool

Pool

Deck 7 features a large heated outdoor pool, surrounded by deck space, and flanked by two hot tubs.

Fitness Center

Fitness Center

Fitness Center

Located on Deck 7, fitness center hours are posted at the door, with facilities available on a first come, first served basis.

Library

Library in the World Explorer

Library

Located in the Observation Lounge on Deck 7, the library includes a selection of field guides, picture books and reference books.
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Solar Eclipse 2021: Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia

Learn more about this expedition

  • Departure Date

    Nov 26 – Dec 12, 2021

  • Itinerary

    17 days

  • Starting from

    Ushuaia, Argentina

  • Ship

    World Explorer

  • Languages

    English

Adventure Options
  • Paddling
  • Stand up Paddleboarding
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