Exterior scenic of polar small ship World Explorer cruising past green and brown hillsides.
Aerial drone photo of top deck of World Explorer polar small ship with helicopter pad, pool & running track.
Top Deck pool and chaise loungers aboard polar small ship World Explorer.
Long table set for formal dinner with white tablecloth, fine silverware, folded napkins and orange chairs aboard World Explorer polar small ship.
Owner's Suite aboard World Explorer with double bed, sitting area, 2 parkas, TV and balcony.
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World Explorer

year built
crew members
413 feet
62 feet
15 feet
cruising speed
16 knots
ice class

With 172 guests and 130 crew members, the World Explorer is a modern expedition ship that blends high design with total functionality for active exploration in Antarctica. Highlights of this purpose-built polar vessel include private balconies in every cabin and a focus on health and wellness throughout, including an outdoor heated pool and running track. Explore the polar regions in this distinct 1B ice-class vessel specifically built to be fast, comfortable, refined and roomy.

Why Sail Aboard World Explorer

Choose the World Explorer ship for a fast, action-packed vessel among the most modern sailing today. Notable is her speed; cruising at 16 knots, World Explorer is one of the faster ships playing polar waters, and she does it with great stability. This distinct ship boasts a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for direct ocean views in every cabin, offering unparalleled personal space compared to other expedition ships of her class. Also unique are her outdoor running track and heated outdoor pool. World Explorer represents a new era of expedition ships geared for both active exploration and onboard luxury. Look for standard sailings on both poles, as well as Antarctica air cruise itineraries on this ship.

AdventureSmith Explorations has been aboard the World Explorer firsthand. Read our dedicated World Explorer Ship Review, or consult this page further for a detailed description of the World Explorer, including ship specs, deck plan, cabin images, photo gallery and current links to all the trips she sails. Contact our experts to compare the World Explorer to other Antarctica ships and expedition ships that offer Antarctica cruises.

Sustainability Aboard World Explorer

The World Explorer burns Marine Gas Oil (MGO)—a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor that conforms to all international regulations and policies governing disposal of waste at sea. The small polar expedition ship serves only sustainable seafood and uses eco-friendly laundry chemicals and cabin amenities. Every passenger is provided with a reusable water bottle and only recycled, acid-free paper is used on board.

Common Areas Aboard World Explorer

Whether viewing wildlife and taking in the open ocean from the glass-domed Observation Lounge, sipping complimentary cups of coffee or tea in the Explorer Lounge or enjoying the extensive collection of field guides, picture books and reference books in the library, guests feel welcome and at home aboard the World Explorer. The onboard Polar Boutique is stocked with forgotten essentials, plus gear and souvenirs. And the lecture theater-style auditorium easily accommodates everyone on board for presentations and videos that provide education and entertainment. Ship-to-shore satellite communications provide access to email and wireless internet (available throughout the ship), though note that connections can never be guaranteed on remote polar expeditions; usage is data-based and therefore best for texting, basic email and simple communication platforms.

An outdoor running track, gym, sauna, heated outdoor pool, and spa for booking massages, facials, and hair, hand and foot treatments help maintain healthy and relaxing routines while traveling. Advanced (and sometimes same-day) bookings can be made directly at the spa, as well as at the ship’s Reception desk. The spa features change rooms, showers and lockers so you can clean up before returning to your cabin—a bonus for those in shared cabins! At the heated outdoor pool, a shallow children’s area is separated from a deeper saltwater plunge pool. The pool is complemented by two small Jacuzzi tubs—all are available when weather and cruising conditions permit.

Dining Aboard World Explorer

Enjoy breakfast and lunch buffet style (some lunches are also offered via a menu), while dinners are served plated in an open seating atmosphere and with casual dress code. Although meal times may change due to landings and wildlife encounters, you’ll always enjoy three delicious meals a day. Early risers will appreciate small pastries ahead of the full buffet breakfast each day. The daily dinner menu offers a mix of rotating dishes and everyday favorites. And guests with a sweet tooth will appreciate dessert options at both lunch and dinner.

An assortment of fresh-baked cookies and/or pastries are offered in the afternoon, as are hot and cold snacks during cocktail hour. A coffee/tea station is available around the clock, including machine-made espresso drinks. A well-stocked bar is open from mid-morning into the evening with a selection of premium beers, wines, liquors and spirits. Dietary restrictions may be accommodated with prior notice, with the exception of kosher food.

Crew & Guides Aboard World Explorer

The World Explorer features a mix of long-term, tenured guides and those with a few seasons of experience, and a range of ages and backgrounds. All guides are very engaging and knowledgeable, with expertise on topics ranging from history, to wildlife, to ice formations. The 130 crew members aboard World Explorer offer impeccable service to guests numbering up to 172.

Activities Aboard World Explorer

Aboard the World Explorer, days are packed with multiple landings, Zodiac cruises and optional activities like paddling excursions, kayaking, camping and stand-up paddleboarding (additional charge). Added-cost activity groups typically leave the ship first, and return after guests participating in the included activities, but the timing is close and efficiently coordinated.

During your days at sea, enjoy lectures and workshops presented by the expedition team and spend time on deck looking for seabirds and cetaceans (our experts recommend taking advantage of any open bridge opportunities, for viewing from the panoramic sides). Guides are well trained in spotting wildlife and showing off unique polar landscapes with geology and history. An outdoor running track, gym and heated outdoor pool further your options during ocean crossings.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard World Explorer

World Explorer features six tiers of deluxe accommodation, with all cabins offering the flexibility of two twin beds or one double bed, and no obstructed views. Each cabin has a private walk-out or Juliet balcony; private bathroom with hairdryers, soaps and bathrobes on loan; refrigerator; plenty of electrical outlets with standard European round pin and American flat-pronged plugs (220 volts) plus USB ports; TV with state-of-the-art “infotainment” system; coffee maker, tea and reusable water bottle for sparkling or flat water; thermostat and safe. Cabins and suites are outfitted with the essential amenities you’ll need to feel comfortable throughout your voyage.

World Explorer triple cabin with seating area, bathroom, desk and beds.

Approximately 242 square feet, one double or two single beds, on Deck 6. A 55-square-foot walk-out balcony, combo sitting area/bedroom with a sofa bed and additional closet.

Infinity Suite with 2 beds, 2 parks, TV and seating area aboard World Explorer polar small ship.
Infinity Suite

Approximately 270 square feet, one double or two single beds, on Decks 5 & 6. A floor-to-ceiling glass Juliet balcony and sitting area with sofa. Triple occupancy available.

Veranda Suite with double bed, two yellow parkas and sitting area aboard World Explorer small polar ship.
Veranda Suite

Approximately 215 square feet, with one double or two single beds, on Decks 5 & 6. A 55-square-foot walk-out balcony and sitting area with sofa. Double occupancy only.

Superior Suite

Approximately 278 square feet, one double or two single beds, on Decks 5 & 6. A 110-square-foot walk-out balcony, separate sitting area with sofa and walk-in closet. Double occupancy only.

Deluxe Suite aboard World Explorer with double bed, 2 parkas, TV and balcony.
Deluxe Suite

Approximately 334 square feet, one double or two single beds, on Deck 5. A 110-square-foot walk-out balcony, separate sitting area with sofa and his & hers closets. Bathroom features his & hers sinks. Double occupancy only.

Owner's Suite aboard World Explorer with double bed, sitting area, 2 parkas, TV and balcony.
Owner's Suite

Approximately 355 square feet, one double or two single beds, on Decks 5 & 6. A 110-square-foot walk-out balcony and separate sitting area with sofa. Bathroom features his & hers sinks and bathtub. Double occupancy only.

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