World Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship

Intro / Overview

Embark on a thrilling expedition with World Explorer, a cutting-edge expedition ship that redefines the standard for small-ship exploration. With a maximum of 172 guests (just 140 on fly and cruise expeditions), this state-of-the-art vessel ensures a spacious and uncrowded journey, setting the stage for an unparalleled adventure.

Crafted for those yearning for an authentic expedition, World Explorer combines style with functionality for polar exploration. Boasting a fleet of 18 Zodiacs and strategic embarkation points, guests seamlessly join off-ship explorations, enhancing their experience with convenience and flexibility.

Guided by a team of polar experts, World Explorer boasts an impressive guide-to-guest ratio, providing a personalized touch to your journey. Dive into an array of exhilarating activities, including kayaking and camping, curated to elevate your expedition experience.

An iconic feature of the ship is its expansive domed observation lounge, offering the perfect vantage point to immerse yourself in the mesmerising polar scenery. Each cabin has a private balcony, and after a day of exploration, unwind in the outdoor heated pool and jacuzzis—a perfect retreat under the polar skies.

World Explorer Highlights

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Premium Expedition Experience

Embark on an extraordinary expedition with World Explorer, designed for those who prioritize exploration with an elevated level of comfort. This ship combines onboard comfort with diverse, immersive activities, creating an unparalleled expedition experience.
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Small Group Size

With a commitment to intimate encounters with nature, World Explorer is one of the smaller expedition ships, accommodating just 172 guests per voyage (limited to 140 on fly and cruise expeditions). This ensures a personalised and exclusive connection with the surroundings.
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Large Fleet of Zodiacs

A fleet of 18 Zodiacs, complemented by four embarkation points and spacious ready rooms, guarantees swift and efficient access to off-ship adventures. No waiting is required, enabling all guests to explore simultaneously, enhancing the overall expedition experience.
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Expert Polar Guide Team

Boasting one of the industry's most seasoned polar guide teams, with over 20 years of expedition expertise, World Explorer maintains an exceptional guide-to-guest ratio. This ensures that the expertise of seasoned professionals enriches every moment off the ship.
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Well Appointed Cabins with Balconies

World Explorer presents spacious and contemporary cabins, each featuring private balconies and expansive windows. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery from the comfort of your private space, enhancing the overall expedition experience.
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Adventurous Activity Options

Tailor your expedition with World Explorer's diverse array of adventurous activities. From an extensive sea kayaking program to camping in Antarctica and engaging in stand-up paddleboarding, this ship caters to the desires of true adventurers seeking unique and unforgettable experiences.
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Modern Sustainable Explorer Ship with A Small Group Size

World Explorer is constructed to the highest environmental standards as a testament to its commitment to sustainability. Equipped with cutting-edge hybrid electric engines and innovative technologies to minimize its footprint, the ship even incorporates a waste-to-energy conversion system, exemplifying a modern and eco-conscious approach to exploration.

World Explorer Key Features

Exterior

Quark Expeditions World Explorer Deck

Wraparound Deck

Deck 8 provides a wraparound deck for unparalleled panoramic views of the Polar Regions. Heated seating in various areas ensures optimal comfort while you soak in the breathtaking surroundings.
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Outdoor Track

Stay active on the Outdoor Track located on Deck 8. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Polar Regions while maintaining your fitness routine, surrounded by stunning landscapes and wildlife.
World Explorer pool

Invigorating Outdoor Pool and Hot Tubs

Deck 7 features a spacious heated outdoor pool surrounded by deck space and two hot tubs. Take a refreshing dip or relax in the warm water while enjoying the polar vistas.

Four Zodiac Embarkation Points

Four strategically positioned Zodiac embarkation points on the starboard, port, and stern ensure efficient, safe, and quick loading and unloading for expeditions.

Interior

World Explorer Observation lounge

Observation Lounge

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Polar Regions from the glass-domed Observation Lounge on Deck 7. This comfortable space is designed for relaxation while providing unobstructed views of the polar landscapes.
World Explorer Explorer lounge

Explorer Lounge

Situated on Deck 4, the Explorer Lounge hosts special events and functions. Additionally, guests can savour complimentary coffee or tea in this versatile space, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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Library

Nestled within the Observation Lounge on Deck 7, our library is a treasure trove of field guides, picture books, and reference materials. Immerse yourself in knowledge as you browse through this curated collection.
World Explorer Theatre

Lecture Theatre

Deck 4 boasts a theater-style auditorium, the Lecture Theatre, capable of accommodating all passengers. It is the primary venue for educational presentations and video sessions, enhancing your expedition experience.
World Explorer Ready room

Ready Room

Deck 3's Mudroom is strategically positioned for easy preparation and disembarkation for Zodiac excursions and shore landings. It's conveniently located adjacent to the zodiac embarkation points for a seamless experience.
World Explorer sauna

Sauna

Pamper yourself in the Sauna on Deck 7, complete with a corresponding change room and shower. Our commitment to well-being extends beyond exploration to ensure you feel rejuvenated during your journey.
World Explorer gym

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center on Deck 7 is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities and maintain your fitness routine surrounded by the stunning polar environment.
World Explorer spa

L'Occitane Spa

Located on Deck 7, the spa offers a range of indulgent treatments using L'Occitane products. Unwind with massages, facials, and hand and foot treatments, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate fully.
World Explorer boutique

Polar Boutique

Deck 4 houses the Polar Boutique, your go-to spot for essentials, souvenirs, and expedition gear. Beyond mementoes, find quality gear such as base layers, waterproof pants, gloves, and more to enhance your polar exploration.
World Explorer Bridge

Bridge

The command centre of World Explorer, the Bridge, ensures safe and efficient navigation through the Polar Regions with guests invited to visit and observe operations.

Dining Options on World Explorer

World Explorer restaurant

Restaurant

The single dining room on Deck 4 promises a daily culinary delight, offering delicious meals consistently throughout your voyage. Enjoy a diverse menu in a refined and comfortable setting.

World Explorer Cabins

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

Beds: 1 double or 2 single beds plus a sofa-bed

Class: Standard

Location: Deck 6

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

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

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

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

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

World Explorer Deck Plan

World Explorer Deck Plan Deck 3

How To Plan Your Cruise

Choose from World Explorer's great selection of expedition cruises to explore the Arctic and Antarctica.

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

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.

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.

Enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime expedition.

Ship Specifications

Guests
172 (140 on Antarctic Express programs)
Staff and Crew
130
Propulsion
2 x Rolls Royce 9,000 kw hybrid diesel/electric
Draft
4.7 meters
Length
126 metres
Registration
Portugal
Ice Class
1B
Speed
16 knots

World Explorer Cruises

Guests hiking ashore in Antarctica
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Nov 23 - Dec 3 2024
10 Nights

Price from per person

£7,348
zodiac cruising in Antarctica
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Nov 24 - Dec 4 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£7,745
zodiac cruising in Antarctica
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Nov 14 - Nov 24 2024
10 Nights

Price from per person

£7,581
whale in Antarctica
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 31 - Feb 10 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£8,550
Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas
Dec 5 - Dec 12 2024
7 Nights

Price from per person

£10,980
whale in Antarctica
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 23 - Feb 02 2026
10 Nights

Price from per person

£8,501

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