Newly built in 2018 and designed specifically with polar cruising in mind, the beautiful World Explorer is one of our newest ships. Decked out with panoramic windows, a glass-domed observation lounge, bar, restaurant, dedicated lecture theatres and even an onboard running track, the World Explorer has everything you need to enjoy every minute of your time in the Antarctic (plus those extra creature comforts to take your voyage to the next level). 

Ship specifications

Staff and crew: 144

Guests: 176

Length:126 metres/413 feet

Breadth: 19 metres/62.3 feet

Draft: 4.7 metres/15.4 feet

Cruisng speed: 16 knots

Propulsion: 2 Rolls Royce 9,000kw hybrid diesel/electric engines

Ice Class 1B

Registration: Portugal

Lifeboats: 2 fully enclosed

Onboard Zodiacs: 18

Ship amenities

Two elevators accessing most decks

Bar staffed by a professional bar tender (drinks added to your onboard account)

24-hour tea and coffee available

Theatre-style auditorium for presentations

Polar library containing a large collection of Polar books and DVD’s

Clinic with licensed doctor

WiFi in certain public areas (data usage charges apply)

Optional webmail account for email (charges apply)

Ship-to-Shore telephone communications (charges apply)

Polar boutique selling essentials, souvenirs and clothing

Onboard laundry service (charges apply)

Gym with a selection of fitness equipment

Cabin amenities

All cabins have ensuite facilities

All cabins have external views

Cabins serviced daily

In-room refrigerators

Flat screen TV’s and DVD players



Shower gel and shampoo provided

In-room safe

Climate control

Electrical current 220 volts. Plugs are standard European two round pin plugs

Drying cupboards for storing wet gear

Other Inclusions on the World Explorer

Expedition parka to keep

Expedition boots on loan

Downloadable photographic journal documenting your voyage

Presentations by the Expedition team and onboard experts

All meals and snacks on board

All shore landings and zodiac cruising according to the daily programme

All luggage handling on board the ship

All port charges and taxes

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum of US$100,000 per person

All gratuities

Beer and wine during dinner service

Adventure options

Kayaking (all departures)*

Camping (select departures)*

Stand up paddleboarding (select departures)*

* Please note these adventure options need to be booked and paid in advance. Numbers are limited. 

World Explorer deckplans

World Explorer deckplan

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