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Upcoming Voyages of the National Geographic Explorer

All Antarctica Departures

All Iceland & Greenland Departures

All Expedition Voyages

Polar Bears in their Natural Habitat
Le Ponant Cruise
Oslo (Norway) Round trip - 9 nights aboard the National Geographic Explorer

June 8 - 17, 2013, June 15 - 24, 2013, June 22 - July 1, 2013 & June 29 - July 8, 2013

Ice Bears in Their Natural Habitat
A voice announces softly over the ship’s PA, “Ice bear spotted ahead.” The captain kills the engines, and drifts in noiselessly as everyone holds their breath and cameras click wildly. See wild polar bears, prowling the pack ice in pristine Arctic Norway, just over 350 miles from Norway’s North Cape.

Svalbard is a Must See
Head north, into the ice and experience the legendary midnight sun. With our fully stabilized ice-class Arctic cruise ship, we are able to probe the ice to see the tundra undergo a warm awakening in summer. It is carpeted with wildflowers. Ice-peppered fjords ring with the thunderous sound of glacial ice crashing to the sea. Walrus raise their sleepy heads to observe us, and reindeer are seen running along the shore.

Shoot with a National Geographic Photographer
Every Arctic cruise sails with a National Geographic Photographer on board. Shoot with and learn from the best photographers in the world, and go home with stunning photos that capture the moments at the heart of your Arctic expedition.

EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES PROGRAM
Explore with Guest Speakers providing Global Perspectives. Travel with Jared Diamond (June 21, 2013) Pulitzer prize-winning author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; or Don Walsh (June 7, 2013) oceanographer and honorary president of The Explorers Club. 

Day-by-Day Itinerary
Day 1 - Oslo, Norway/Continental Hotel
Arrive in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Our introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures--hudnreds of life-size human figures set in rolling parklands. Next we visit the Polar Ship Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is free to try one of the harbor restaurants or turn in early. Overnight at the Continental Hotel, or similar. (B)
Day 2 - Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark Ship
Depart Oslo on our private charter flight over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Embark our ship. (B,L,D)
Day 3-8 - Exploring Svalbard
Our travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and our exact day-to-day movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions. 
Our main focus is the search for Svalbard’s amazing wildlife: polar bear, reindeer and walrus. Observe seals and arctic foxes and search for the very symbol of the Arctic—majestic polar bears. Cruising in Svalbard’s fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. We take our Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Longyearbyen/Disembark/Oslo
Disembark the National Geographic Explorer and explore Longyearbyen before we fly to Oslo. Overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L)
Day 10 - Oslo
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your flight or other adventures. (B)




Terms and Conditions:

Basis of Rates:
All prices are based on two persons sharing a cabin, or a single where noted. Shared accommodations are available on certain ships and categories. For more information, please refer to our Share Guarantee Program section of our Terms and Conditions, or call us for details. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Costs Include: 
All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included:
Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, internet access, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew are at your discretion.

Airfare: 
For all programs, airfare is an additional cost unless otherwise indicated. Sample airfares are subject to change. We will gladly assist in making your air arrangements for a $50 per person service fee.

Deposits: 
To reserve your place, an advance payment for the program is required at the time of reservation. The per person advance payment amount varies by program, and is outlined in our brochures, as well as on our website. Holiday departure dates and certain longer voyages may carry additional advance deposit requirements due to high demand for these voyages. Payment is accepted by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or check.

Receipt of your initial payment indicates your acceptance of our complete Terms and Conditions.

We require written notice at the time of reservation for any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention.

Smoking Policy:
Smoking is allowed only in designated outdoor areas.

Share Guarantee Program:

If you are a solo guest willing to share accommodations, we will be happy to make arrangements to match you with another solo guest, so you may travel at the double occupancy rate. If you are willing to share, and we are unable to make shared arrangements for you, we will guarantee you the per person double occupancy rate, and you will not incur the solo rate. This program is subject to availability, and limited to certain ships and categories.

Medical Information:
It is essential that guests with medical conditions and/or special dietary restrictions, make them known to us in sufficient time for us to accommodate their request.