The primary reason for going on an exploration cruise is to see the
natural wonders. Often this means passengers have to leave the
ship in order to get the full experience. For this purpose, National
Geographic Explorer has 11 Zodiac rigid inflatable boats (above).
To facilitate getting on and off the boats, the ship has a shell door
that opens near sea level (lower left). In addition, there is a "Mud
Room" locker room where guests can leave their boots and heavy
The ship is also equipped with a fleet of 36 kayaks. Guests can use
these craft to get a close view of wildlife, ice, and shore formations.
When using them, passengers are given a radio device that keeps
them in contact with the ship in case of emergencies.
Some natural splendors do not require
guests to leave the ship. For example, the
ship has a remotely operated vehicle
(ROV) that can explore the ocean at depths
up to 1,000 feet. Video from this
submersible is shown onboard in the
Along the same lines, NG Explorer has a
remotely controlled crow's nest camera that
is broadcast in high definition. There are
also hydrophones and "splash" cameras - -
underwater video cameras attached to
An undersea specialist is along to give
Guests can also enjoy the scenery while relaxing on the open decks.
There are handsome teak deck Chairs, tables and benches sprinkled
around the open deck. In addition, overlooking the stern and just
outside of the Lounge bar is a large deck area with tables and