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Upgrade from Tourist to Explorer on National Geographic’s Expert-Led Ocean Cruise Expeditions

February 21, 2019 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

You can now travel across the world’s oceans the only way a National Geographic explorer would; in the spirit of adventure, education and in style. National Geographic’s Ocean Cruise Expeditions, in partnership with luxury cruise provider, PONANT, give travellers the opportunity to uncover some of the most beautiful and remote destinations across all seven continents.

Bringing to life National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world, each all-immersive ocean expedition features a unique travel itinerary with world-renowned National Geographic experts and photographers on board to provide guided tours and seminars at sea and at ports.

Naturalist guides educate passengers on the wildlife, history, geopolitics, great explorers, climate and environmental protection measures at each destination, whilst award-winning National Geographic photographers capture the experience and teach photography techniques along the way.

Daily itineraries are filled with off-ship adventures enabling guests to embark on expert-guided sailing, hiking and diving ventures, as well as on-shore visits to get up close to the flora, fauna and traditional cultures of each destination.

Expeditions span the globe, allowing travellers to explore everything from the unspoiled regions of Australia’s Kimberley, to the extremities of uninhabited Antarctica and the exotic coral reefs of the Caribbean.

National Geographic returns a portion of all proceeds from bookings to the non-for-profit National Geographic Society, supporting researchers and explorers who work to preserve, protect, and advance understanding of the planet and its people.

Expeditions set sail on luxury PONANT ships including the new ice-rated and environmentally sensitive Le Lapérouse, with 92 elegantly furnished staterooms and suites and a world-first multisensory underwater lounge, Blue Eye, for viewing and listening to surrounding marine life.

Top trips departing in 2019 and 2020 include the following:

THE ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY 21 days from 19 November – 9 December 2019

The Antarctic Odyssey is the most comprehensive of National Geographic’s polar expeditions. Cruise to the southernmost city of the world and discover Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds, against a grandiose backdrop of icebergs, ice floe, and ages-old glaciers.

Expert: Annie Fitzsimmons Annie Fitzsimmons is the Editor-at-large of National Geographic Traveler and pioneer of National Geographic’s The Urban Insider community, a curated guide of things to see and do in cosmopolitan cities.

Photographer: Dan Westergren Former director of Photography at National Geographic Traveler, Dan Westergren has threedecades of experience as an award-winning photographer for the National Geographic Society and has served as a photographic expert for numerous Antarctic expeditions.


This tropical expedition provides the opportunity to discover and interact with the traditional cultures of Northern Australia and Papua. Encounter local peoples and their cultural performances, ceremonies and unique art.

Expert: David Harrison

Anthropologist and linguist, David Harrison, has been a National Geographic Fellow and codirector of the National Geographic Society’s Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures around the world.

Photographer: Jay Dickman Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist, Jay Dickman, has been involved in National Geographic expeditions for over a decade and has travelled extensively within all seven continents.

EXPLORING THE KIMBERLEY 14 Days from 26 August – 8 September 2020

Le Lapérouse will take you along one of the most spectacular coasts in the entire region. With their falls, abrupt gorges, savannah, desolate mountain chains and incredibly rich seabed, the wild lands of Kimberley are the promise of an exceptional adventure.

Expert: TBC

Photographer: Jason Edwards Jason has been at the forefront of natural history photography for more than two decades and has been recognised globally for his contributions to Science, the Environment and the Arts with accolades including the Eureka Prize for Science Photography.

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