World Explorer

Staff and Crew: 130

Guests: 172

Length: 126 meters (413 feet)

Breadth: 19 meters (62 feet)

Draft: 4.7 meters (15 feet)

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

Ice Class: 1B

Cruising Speed: 16 knots, in open water

Registration: Portugal

Lifeboats: 2, fully-enclosed

Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy—these attributes and more describe World Explorer. Not only will it be among our fastest ships, it will also be one of our finest, with six tiers of deluxe accommodation.

The personal space is exceptional. Every cabin has either a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for direct ocean views. World Explorer also delivers plenty of public areas to unwind in after a day outdoors, including the glass-domed Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation and full skyline views, the Explorer Lounge for a drink and a chat, and the library for more intimate relaxing and reading. Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theatre.

Health and wellness facilities feature an outdoor running track, a small gym and a sauna, plus a spa with change rooms, showers and lockers. For the active adventurers, add-ons include kayaking, camping and stand-up paddleboarding.

Guests: 172 (140 on Antarctic Express programs)

♦ Cabins & Amenities
  • Six tiers of deluxe accommodation with private bathroom facilities
  • All cabins feature a private balcony or large windows
  • TV and safe in every cabin
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes 
  • Individual temperature controls
  • Exceptional space
  • Electrical supply: 220/110 volts
Onboard Facilities
  • Chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included)
  • One dining room with unreserved seating
  • Optional al fresco dining
  • Bar staffed by a professional bartender
  • 24 hour beverage station (Tea, Coffee, Soft drinks, juices and water are available at no cost)
  • House wine and non-premium beers included at dinner
  • Comfortable lounge area for reading or relaxing with a cup of coffee
  • Observation decks for spotting wildlife and enjoying the ever-changing polar landscape
  • Polar library stocked with a large collection of polar books, and games
  • Lecture theatre
  • Polar Boutique
  • Gym, Pool & Sauna
  • Spa facilities and wellness program
  • Outdoor walking track
  • Heated outdoor bench seating
  • Mud Room
  • Laundry and Ironing services
  • Clinic with licensed doctor
  • Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email and wireless Internet access
  • Low-emission, sustainable, hybrid technology
  • 2 Elevators
  • Single Supplement: prices are 1.7 times the cost for Veranda and Infinity and 2x the cost for Superior, Deluxe and Owner’s.
  • Request-Share Program: we match solo travelers of the same gender with other solo travelers who indicate they are willing to share. Cabin share is available in the following categories: Triple, Veranda, Infinity.
  • Adventure Options: must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Ask for availability on each specific voyage (there are limited spaces). 
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance: included on all trips (except on charter voyages). Repatriation insurance required.
  • Fuel Surcharge: it may be applied for all bookings if there is a substantial increase in fuel costs.


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Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation (Deck 7)
Explorer Lounge for jovial communal engagement (Deck 4)
Card Room
Polar Boutique
Lecture Theater
Outdoor Track

Dates & Rates


Ready Room

The Mudroom on Deck 3 enables you to comfortably prepare for, and disembark from, Zodiac excursions and shore landings and is conveniently located adjacent to zodiac embarkation points

Polar Boutique

If you forgot any essentials or need a little souvenir from your voyage, the Polar Boutique on Deck 4 is our onboard gift shop. Opening hours will vary based on the daily expedition activities. Gifts and souvenirs are great to bring home as mementos of your polar expedition. In addition to small souvenirs, our Polar Boutique offers a selection of expedition gear, including base layer clothing, waterproof pants, gloves and more.

Lecture Theatre

Our theater-style auditorium on Deck 4 can easily accommodate everyone on board, so it serves as our main hall where presentations and videos are provided for your education and enjoyment.

Explorer Lounge

On Deck 4, the Explorer Lounge is used for special functions and events, and where you can grab a cup of complimentary coffee or tea. The Observation Lounge on Deck 7 is a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy panoramic polar views.


There is one dining room located on Deck 4. If there is one constant at sea, it is that you’ll enjoy delicious meals on a daily basis.

♦ Observation Lounge

The glass-domed Observation Lounge on Deck 7 is a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy panoramic polar views.

L’Occitane Spa

The spa is located on Deck 7 and offers massages, facials, and hand and foot treatments using L’Occitane products.


Indulge in Health & Wellness amenities like the Sauna located on Deck 7 which also has a corresponding change room and shower.


Deck 7 features a large heated outdoor pool, surrounded by deck space, and flanked by two hot tubs.

Fitness Center

Located on Deck 7, fitness center hours are posted at the door, with facilities available on a first come, first served basis.


Located in the Observation Lounge on Deck 7, the library includes a selection of field guides, picture books and reference books.


  • 2 Rolls Royce Engines

World Explorer features two state-of-the-art Rolls Royce hybrid-electric engines, significantly reducing its environmental impact on the Polar Regions.

  • MAGS

Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS) is the industry-leading system that converts waste into energy at the site that it’s generated. MAGs eliminates the environmental impact of waste transportation, offering an innovative sustainability feature that exceed all industry standards.

  • Outdoor Track

The Outdoor Track on Deck 8 offers a great way to stay active while aboard World Explorer; get your steps in while also enjoying the stunning landscapes and wildlife viewing opportunities the Polar Regions have to offer.

  • Wraparound Deck

Deck 8 offers a wraparound deck to take in panaromic views of the Polar Regions; various areas also feature heated seating, allowing for optimal comfort while out on deck.