Ocean Explorer

Small Expedition Cruise Ship

Introducing Ocean Explorer

Welcome aboard the Ocean Explorer, a cutting-edge expedition ship designed to explore the world's most remote destinations, providing an intimate and luxurious experience. 

The Ocean Explorer is the ultimate choice for those seeking to venture into the farthest corners of the polar regions in the company of a minor, dynamic group. Tailored for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, and those eager to maximize their onshore experiences, this ship stands out as an exceptional option for diverse activities such as kayaking and trekking.

At the heart of the Ocean Explorer lies its innovative X Bow design, featuring a twin-level observation lounge with panoramic windows at the bow, ensuring an immersive connection with the surrounding environment. Surprisingly spacious and stable for a small ship, the Ocean Explorer offers an uncrowded, stylish interior. Many cabins boast private balconies, complemented by on-deck jacuzzis and a sauna for ultimate relaxation.

With a limited capacity of just 138 guests per voyage, the Ocean Explorer delivers an intimate journey that larger ships often miss. The expert guide team goes above and beyond, and the small group size allows for extensive exploration time off the ship

Highlights Of Ocean Explorer

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Small Ship That Delivers Epic Adventures

Embark on an authentic expedition with the Ocean Explorer, a small expedition ship accommodating 138 guests per voyage. Designed for an exclusive experience, this ship is ideal for guests eager to maximize their time off the ship, exploring remote areas through Zodiac excursions and shore landings.
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A Great Choice For Activities

Due to its small size, Ocean Explorer is an excellent option for those seeking additional polar activities. Led by a team of polar experts, guests can partake in thrilling adventures such as kayaking, camping and trekking, enhancing the overall expedition experience
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Excellent Zodiac to Guest Ratio

Enjoy the freedom of Zodiac excursions in the raw nature that can accommodate all guests simultaneously. Thanks to the Ocean Explorer's large fleet of Zodiacs and speedy boarding platforms, guests have more time for exploration, creating unforgettable moments in the vast wilderness.
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State of The Art Design

Immerse yourself in the Ocean Explorer's cutting-edge X Bow design, presenting a breathtaking viewing lounge at the ship's bow. This modern design enhances stability and ensures fuel efficiency, enabling swift and comfortable sailing through challenging seas during sea passages.
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Pinnacle of Sustainability and Safety

Pioneering sustainability, the Ocean Explorer features a fuel-efficient design. Employing GPS anchoring instead of traditional anchors in sensitive areas, the ship also converts waste to energy fur, thus helping to reduce its impact on the polar regions.
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Outstanding Onboard Living Spaces

Indulge in a realm of comfort with well-appointed cabins featuring private balconies, an observation lounge with stunning views, and rejuvenating amenities like on-deck jacuzzis, a sauna, and a gym. The Ocean Explorer ensures high comfort levels, complemented by the intimacy of travelling in a small, exclusive group.
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Industry Leading Guides

With a stellar reputation for hosting an exceptional team of guides and polar specialists, the Ocean Explorer is recognized as a trailblazer in small ship expeditions. Whether for activities, wildlife observation, or exploration, the ship's industry-leading guides guarantee an unparalleled and unforgettable experience. (Reasons To Choose This Ship)

Key Features Of Ocean Explorer

Exterior

Ocean Explorer Xbow

Ulstein X-Bow

Marvel at the innovative Ulstein X-Bow design, contributing to the double-storey library and ensuring smooth, energy-efficient sailing in rough waters.
Ocean Explorer observation deck

High Observation Outdoor Decks

Enjoy high observation decks on both Decks 7 and 8, offering elevated, extended views for landscape photography while minimizing sea spray.
Ocean Explorer Jacuzzi

Jacuzzis

Find bliss in our two outdoor Jacuzzis on Deck 7, located at the ship's stern. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking polar scenery while unwinding in these refreshing outdoor spaces.

Interior

Ocean Explorer library

Two Story Library

Nestled at the ship's bow, our light-filled two-story library invites you to unwind indoors while immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring polar vistas
Ocean Explorer

Observation Lounge

Enter our stylish observation lounge on Deck 8, a haven for incredible views. With ample seating for 63 guests, this spacious lookout is a visual treat and a social hub where travellers gather for cocktails and captivating conversations.
Ocean Explorer Grand veranda Stateroom

Spacious and Quiet Cabins

Indulge in the tranquillity of spacious and comfortable cabins, ensuring a quiet ambience with no disruptions from neighbouring rooms. Almost all cabins have a private balcony, inviting you to savour the peaceful outdoor views.
Ocean Explorer Latitude bar

The Latitude Bar

After a day of thrilling off-ship adventures, unwind in the sauna on Deck 7. Admire the polar wilderness through large windows while relaxing on traditional wood benches. Accommodating 15 people, it's the perfect post-adventure retreat.
Ocean Explorer sauna

Dry Sauna

After a day of thrilling off-ship adventures, unwind in the sauna on Deck 7. Admire the polar wilderness through large windows while relaxing on traditional wood benches. Accommodating 15 people, it's the perfect post-adventure retreat.
Ocean Explorer gym

Fitness Cente

Stay in shape with our state-of-the-art Fitness Center on Deck 7, equipped with the latest workout facilities.
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Activity Preparation Area

As the launchpad for Zodiac cruising, our large activity preparation area on the ship provides changing spaces and lockers, ensuring seamless transitions between on and off-ship adventures.

Dining Options

Ocean Explorer dining room

Main Dining Room

Experience the perfect blend of contemporary and cosy in our Main Dining Room on Deck 5, with seating for 144 guests and expansive windows open onto the polar wilderness, creating a dining atmosphere like no other.

Compass Resturant

For a more intimate dining experience, our tasteful private dining room on Deck 5 accommodates up to 36 guests, offering a stylish setting with panoramic views of the polar landscape.

Ocean Explorer Cabins

Studio Double

Deck 3

175-186 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths

Studio Single

Deck 3

177 sq. ft. 1

One double bed made up of two twin berths

Deluxe Veranda Forward Stateroom

Deck 4

168-195 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths

Deluxe Veranda Middle Stateroom

Deck 4

203-272 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths plus some with fold out sofa bed

Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

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Deck 4

200-205 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths plus fold out sofa bed

Studio Veranda Stateroom

Deck 6

173 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths

Grand Veranda Stateroom

Deck 6

195-205 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths plus fold out sofa bed

Junior Suite

Deck 6

296-299 sq. ft. 1-2

Two rooms

One double bed made up of two twin berths fold out sofa bed

Royal Veranda Stateroom

Deck 4

Deck 6

189-272 sq. ft. 1-2

One double bed made up of two twin berths plus fold out sofa bed

Studio Veranda Single

Deck 7

238 sq. ft.

1 One twin single

Explorer Suite

Deck 7

269 sq. ft. 1-2

Two rooms

One double bed made up of two twin berths fold out sofa bed

Owners Suite

Deck 7

443 sq. ft. 1-2

Two rooms

One double bed made up of two twin berths fold out sofa bed

Ocean Explorer Deck Plan

Ocean Explorer Deck Plan Deck 3

How To Plan Your Cruise

Choose from Ocean Explorer's great selection of expedition cruises to explore Antarctica.

Contact our friendly travel experience team to get the best advice on cabins and itineraries and ask any questions you may have.

Please make your reservation with our friendly Travel Experience Team. All bookings made through North Pole Cruises receive 100% financial protection, and we include supplier failure insurance at no charge to you for extra peace of mind.

Before your expedition, we will send you lots of helpful advice about planning your voyage, including the best travel insurance, places to stay before and after your journey, travel requirements and a packing list.

Enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime expedition.

Ocean Explorer Ship Specifications

Length
104 M
Cruising speed
16.5 knots
Ice class
Polar Class PC6
Classification
PC6
Flag
Portugal
Guest decks
6
Guest capacity
132
Zodiacs
15
Gross tonnage
8,076 GT
Motors
2 X Ingeteam
Construction
China

Ocean Explorer Cruises

Small Ship
Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas
Jan 14 - Jan 21 2025
7 Nights

Price from per person

£10,792
King penguins in South Georgia on a cruise
Small Ship
Ushuaia to Ushuaia
Nov 4 - Nov 23 2024
20 Nights

Price from per person

£16,500
Zodiac cruising past a glacier on an Antarctic circle cruise
Small Ship
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Mar 4 - Mar 17 2025
13 Nights

Price from per person

£9,709
svalbard explorer small ship expedition cruise
Small Ship
Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen
Jul 10 - Jul 19 2025
9 Nights

Price from per person

£7,145
East Greenland Expedition cruise icebergs in fjord
Small Ship
Reykjavik - Reykjavik
Aug 26 Sep 5 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£6,885
leopard seal on an iceberg in Antarctica
Small Ship
Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas
Jan 19 - Jan 26 2025
7 Nights

Price from per person

£10,792

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