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A natural arch of basalt in Iceland.
$9,130
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A Circumnavigation of Iceland

9 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Experience Iceland's unique geology
  • Meet Iceland’s people & culture
  • Actively explore Iceland's coasts
  • Travel with an expert team
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations is world-class. It is highly geologically active with many volcanoes––hundreds of them, in fact. Most famously, the volcano inEyjafjallajökullerupted in 2010. Geologyalone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. When you …
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Does this penguin have an itch?
$23,100
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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

22 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See beautiful Antarctic ice
  • Witness massive wildlife spectacles
  • Experience three distinct regions
  • Enjoy superlative photo moments
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
If the epic stories of discovery, endurance, and polar explorers like Shackleton, or the sheer magnificence of ice-capped peaks don’t grab you, the wildlife certainly does: penguins (king, gentoo, and macaroni), sea lions, fur seals, and enormous elephant seals cozy up to these shores. Only …
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View the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel
$13,940
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Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn

14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore Isla de los Estados
  • See storied Cape Horn
  • Discover Torres del Paine
  • Zodiac cruise and kayak
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This unique 14-day land-and-sea expedition includes three days of exploring Torres del Paine, a jewel of Patagonia that teems with its iconic wildlife including Andean condors, guanacos, and rheas. Board National Geographic Orion to venture far beyond any tourist infrastructure. Kayak peaceful, …
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Sunrise on the cliffs
$7,990
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Bordeaux to London: The French Atlantic Coast

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Follow France’s wild western coast
  • Approach Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Walk the WWII beaches of Normandy
  • Explore the Crozon Peninsula
Activities: Biking, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level: Relaxed
Enjoy exquisite local French cuisine in all the lovely places you visit, as well as aboard National Geographic Orion itself. Participate in the art of cognac-making on the Île de Ré; gather oysters at a farm on St. Malo; and feast on fabulous regional specialties along the French …
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Colors of Copenhagen, Denmark
$14,840
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Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea

14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Venture to medieval Riga & Tallinn
  • Kayak and walk tiny islands
  • Visit the Hermitage Museum
  • Experience fascinating history
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Biking, Kayaking, Urban Exploration
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore eight countries united by the Baltic Sea, discover their intertwined histories, and encounter fascinating cultures. Delve deeper through dramatic water approaches, and foray into character-filled villages and island stops for quiet walks. Wander along the medieval walled city of Visby, …
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Enjoy fine dining on a Culinary tour, food
$7,990
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Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Spend a day discovering Galicia
  • Discover iconic architecture
  • Sample world-renowned port wines
  • Experience Basque country
Activities: Cooking Class, Local Market, Small Ship Cruise, Wine Tasting
Activity Level: Relaxed
From Oporto’s local Port Houses to the chocolate makers of Bayonne, this 8-day voyage is sure to satisfy your appetite for the cuisine and culture of the upper Iberian coast. Explore the splendor of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, tour a Galician mansion, meander through the local villages …
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A mother gentoo penguin and her chick
$13,360
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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See legendary landscapes & habitats
  • Encounter iconic wildlife
  • Kayak, Zodiac cruise, and hike
  • Experience the Antarctic undersea
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style, aboard an authentic expedition ship, is an incomparable experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Lindblad Expedition’s pioneering polar heritage and 40+ years of experience navigating polar geographies …
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Ring of Brodgar is a unique stone circle in Scotland.
$13,690
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Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland

13 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See Iceland’s Vatnajökull icecap
  • Sail under the bird cliffs of Noss
  • Discover living geology
  • Meet welcoming locals
  • See dramatic cliffs and sea stacks
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Sail the route of legendary Vikings on a voyage to explore Stone Age sites, a vast icecap, and dynamic coastal Iceland. Discover the seldom-visited Orkney and Faroes and walk through a 500-year-old village and the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. See towering cliffs alive with …
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Isle of Iona, Scotland
$7,990
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Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Kayak and Zodiac cruise inlets
  • See ancient dwellings
  • View spectacular wildlife
  • Hike to Sumburgh Head lighthouse
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level: Relaxed
Sail through the heart of fjord country and experience the unforgettable beauty of western Norway’s stark cliffs and the windswept isles of Scotland on this 8-day voyage. Kayak below emerald mountains in the dramatic Sognefjorden, and step ashore at Undredal to explore its 12th-century stave …
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Guanacos in Torres del Paine Park
$8,950
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Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island

9 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore Isla de los Estados
  • Venture into wildlife reserves
  • Take advantage of superb photo ops
  • Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Remote and largely inaccessible, Patagonia is the essence of wildness—a maze of channels and islands. Venture deep into Chile’s glorious fjords past incandescent icebergs and massive glaciers. From the “land of fire,” Tierra del Fuego, to the jagged spires of Torres del …
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Park Guell, unique houses designed by Gaudi in Barcelona
$7,990
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Portugal and Spain: From the Algarve to Catalonia

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Encounter architectural marvels
  • Explore the landscapes of Andalusia
  • Search for whales and dolphins
  • Sample local Iberian specialties
Activities: Biking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Follow in the footsteps of Roman conquerors, Phoenician traders & Moorish kings on this 8-day voyage on the National Geographic Orion.See the tangerine skies of a Rio Tejo sunset and the sparkling daybreak over Barcelona. Thrill to the juxtaposition of the exquisitely ornate interiors of …
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The fertile farmland surrounding Hardangerfjord
$7,990
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Scandinavia by Sea: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore regional historical sites
  • Bike along the beaches in Denmark
  • Kayak through Sweden's coves
  • Sample Norwegian fare in Oslo
Activities: Biking, Cooking Class, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level: Relaxed
Fjords, fortresses and fabulous food; Scandinavia has it all! On this 8-day voyage, sail past Denmark’s famed Elsinore Castle, hike to Hågasån Fort, explore Sweden’s Weather Islands by kayak or Zodiac and take in Hidra Island’s Tanum UNESCO World Heritage site to view …
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Brightly colored houses decorate the pier.
$7,990
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The North Sea: Copenhagen to London

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Zodiac through the Harlingen canals
  • Make Belgian chocolates in Brugge
  • Bike across storybook landscapes
  • Visit many cultural attractions
Activities: Biking, Cooking Class, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level: Relaxed
Medieval history comes beautifully alive as you explore the famed cobbled streets and canals of Brugge, Ghent, and Brussel, with visits to a Belgian chocolate making workshop, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Grand-Palace Coudenberg. Take a historic walking tour of Amsterdam with stops at …
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Tresco, Isles of Scilly
$7,990
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Wild and Windswept: The Coasts of England and Wales

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Zodiac and kayak for scenic views
  • Visit historic Portsmouth dockyards
  • See Dartmouth Castle in Fishguard
  • Stargaze with a local astronomer
Activities: Biking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
With an active itinerary full of breathtaking natural beauty, sail from London’s iconic Tower Bridge to the historic port of Portsmouth and the battlements of Dartmouth Castle. Zodiac, kayak, and hike with naturalists, tour historic Alderney with its wealth of seabirds and wildlife, and the …
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2016
EmbarksDays 
Dec 1712Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Dec 2712Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
2017
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0612Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 1612Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 2622Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Feb 1522Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Apr 168Portugal and Spain: From the Algarve to Catalonia
Apr 1914Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea
Apr 238Portugal and Spain: From the Algarve to Catalonia
Apr 308Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country
May 0214Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea
May 078Bordeaux to London: The French Atlantic Coast
May 148The North Sea: Copenhagen to London
May 2114Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea
Jun 0314Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea
Jun 168Scandinavia by Sea: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway
Jun 2213Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland
Jun 2313Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland
Jul 059A Circumnavigation of Iceland
Jul 139A Circumnavigation of Iceland
Jul 219A Circumnavigation of Iceland
Jul 299A Circumnavigation of Iceland
Aug 069A Circumnavigation of Iceland
Aug 1313Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland
Aug 1413Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland
Aug 268Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides
Sep 028Wild and Windswept: The Coasts of England and Wales
Sep 308Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country
Oct 2814Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn
Nov 019Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island
Nov 0822Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Nov 2822Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Dec 1812Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Dec 2812Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
2018
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0712Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 1712Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 2722Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Feb 1622Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Passengers: 102
Ship Type: Luxury Expedition Ship

The National Geographic Orion captures the essence of the NatGeo name, combining their signature brand of education and exploration with a luxurious flair. Just like its sister ships, this state-of-the-art vessel features zodiacs, kayaks, HD cameras and operators, and even a remote operated vehicle for insight into the most hidden corners of the natural world. Plus, it provides snorkeling and diving gear for those interested in getting up close and personal with the stunning marine life.

This stabilized ice-class vessel is perhaps one of the most elegant and sophistocated expedition ships in the world, launched with innovative features and sustainable standards & practices in 2003. Although much of your time will be spent exploring the breathtaking nature of your destination, there are also plenty of areas onboard that better place this five-star boat in the luxury mega-yacht category rather than the cruise ship category. 

Guests will enjoy the fitness center & spa, a boutique shop, beauty salon, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, and multiple social areas. The lecture theater is an immersive place to learn more about your destination from the expert expedition leaders. And the lounge and cocktail bar is a relaxing way to unwind after a full day of exploration. An outdoor cafe, exploration lounge, and restaurants with panoramic views will constantly remind you that you are exploring paradise aboard one of the world's finest expedition ships.
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Category 1
Main deck with 1 or 2 portholes
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Category 1 Single
Main deck with 1 or 2 portholes
National Geographic Orion's Category 2 Cabin.
Category 2
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Category 3
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Category 3 Single
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
Category 4
Upper and veranda decks with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
Category 5
Upper deck with balcony
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
Category 6
Veranda deck - suite
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