National Geographic Orion

Nick Rains
The National Geographic Orion at sunset
Jan Butchofsky Houser
The National Geographic Orion is sleek and at your service
Mick Fogg
Keep in shape in the exercise room aboard the National Geographic Orion
Lindblad
Relax in the National Geographic's hot tub
Lindblad
Stay in a junior suite aboard the National Geographic Orion
Bob Fowler
The lovely National Geographic Orion
Seal relaxing on shore
Does this penguin have an itch?
Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Sail for the Great White Continent of Antarctica on this 24-day Antarctic, South Georgia, and Falkland cruise! Encounter the rich wildlife of this region from zodiac or on shore. Antarctica promises to delight and entrance on this small ship expedition.
  • 23 Days
  • $21360 - $41190 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Stanley, Mount Pleasant Airport, Buenos Aires, …
Level:
Easy
View penguins on the ice on your Antarctica tour
Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands 2016
Sail for the Great White Continent of Antarctica on this 23-day Antarctic, South Georgia, and Falkland cruise! Encounter the rich wildlife of this region from zodiac or on shore. Antarctica promises to delight and entrance on this small ship expedition.
  • 23 Days
  • $22430 - $43250 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Santiago, Ushuaia, …
Level:
Easy
Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific
Cook Islands to Tahiti: Reefs of the South Pacific
Journey into the heart of the South Pacific on this 11-day small ship cruise. The South Pacific, an island paradise fringed with white sand beaches, jungle interior, cascading waterfalls, and some of the world's most pristine reef systems, offers an …
  • 11 Days
  • $10870 - $22450 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling, Luxury & Indulgence, Light Hiking, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Beaches
Places:
South Pacific, Papeete, Rangiroa, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Kiribati
Level:
Easy
The South Pacific is fringed with errupting blowholes
Fiji to the Cook Islands: Polynesian Discovery
The pearls of the South Pacific are yours on this exceptional 10-day cruise from Fiji to the Cook Islands. Tropical islands, towering waterfalls, jungle interiors, and white sand beaches dot the landscape. Take advantage of pristine snorkeling and diving …
  • 10 Days
  • $10870 - $22450 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling, Luxury & Indulgence, Light Hiking, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Beaches
Places:
South Pacific, Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Rarotonga, Nadi, Taveuni
Level:
Easy
The sun lights up this beautiful tropical forest.
Indian Ocean Odyssey: Seychelles, Maldives, and Sri Lanka
Enjoy a balance of wildness and culture while exploring these strings of tiny tropical islands with pristine ecosystems. Snorkel or dive with huge manta rays and whale sharks, hike among strange and mammoth palm trees for a land-of-the-lost experience, …
  • 19 Days
  • $19930 - $41120 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Light Hiking, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Beaches
Places:
Asia, Africa, Seychelles Islands, Mahe, Aride, Curieuse Island, La Digue, Praslin, Male, Baa Atoll, …
Level:
Easy
A mother gentoo penguin and her chick
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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 …
  • 12 Days
  • $12970 - $26720 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Santiago, Ushuaia, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
The dramatic landscape of Kimberly
Kimberley Expedition: Australia’s Wild Northwest
Explore Australia's Wild Northwest on this 11-day Australian cruise. Visit the King George River and Falls, Vansittart Bay, and walk to see the aboriginal cave paintings of the region. Beautiful scenery and rich wildlife makes this cruise a must-do!
  • 11 Days
  • $8990 - $18910 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, History, Helicopter Tour, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Asia, South Pacific, Australia, Darwin, King George River, Broome, Vansittart Bay, Mitchell Falls, Montgomery Reef, Nares Point, …
Level:
Easy
Appreciate the beauty of Kimberly's falls
Kimberley with the Spice Islands
Explore Australia's fascinating Kimberly region on this 15-day South Pacific cruise from Kimberly to the Spice Islands. Visit the aboriginal cave paintings which made the region famous and explore the thundering King George River and Falls.
  • 15 Days
  • $12640 - $26390 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, History, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Asia, South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia, Bali, Komodo Island, King George River, Broome, Bigge Island, Badas, …
Level:
Easy
The mountainous island chain of Tahiti
Legends of the South Pacific: Tahiti to Easter Island
Sail for the mysterious Easter Island on this 18-day South Pacific cruise starting in Tahiti. Explore the sun-washed beaches of the region and interact with the locals of small villages before making the journey to Easter Island. Hope to discover some of …
  • 18 Days
  • $17390 - $35920 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Light Hiking, Expedition Cruises, Cultural Immersion
Places:
South America, South Pacific, Chile, Bora Bora, Easter Island, Pitcairn Islands, Santiago, Papeete, Fakarava, Moorea, …
Level:
Easy
View the wrecks of Japanese Zeros on the island of Yap
Palau to the Solomon Islands: Along the Equator
The fascinating history of WWII comes alive on this 16-day South Pacific small ship cruise. Begin your journey in Koror, Palau, and sail for Yap Island, Satawal, Chuuk Atoll, Papua New Guinea, and more. As you cross the equator, disembark almost daily to …
  • 16 Days
  • $17390 - $35920 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Trekking & Hiking, Snorkeling, Light Hiking, Kayaking, History, Expedition Cruises, Beaches
Places:
South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Honiara, Rabaul, Satawal Island, Koror, New Ireland, Marovo Lagoon, Yap Island
Level:
Easy
A sea fan in the clear waters of Fiji
The Solomon Islands to Fiji: Hidden South Pacific
Explore paradise on this 11-day small ship cruise from the Solomon Islands to Fiji. Join the National Geographic Explorer and sail for the tropical waters of Santa Ana, Vanuatu, and Fiji. The South Pacific is sure to capture your senses as you snorkel …
  • 11 Days
  • $10870 - $22450 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Snorkeling, Luxury & Indulgence, Light Hiking, Kayaking, History, Expedition Cruises, Beaches
Places:
South Pacific, Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Brisbane, Honiara, Santa Ana Island, Lautoka
Level:
Easy
Snorkelers interacting with a friendly whale shark.
Treasures of the Indian Ocean: Zanzibar & the Seychelles
Explore the best of the region’s undersea. Visit remote, paradisiacal islands few humans will ever see and dive or snorkel top sites: extraordinary vibrant reefs in crystal clear, warm water. See incredible wildlife, including the endangered Aldabra …
  • 14 Days
  • $13290 - $27420 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Whale Watching, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Africa, Tanzania, Seychelles Islands, Mahe, Aride, La Digue, Praslin, Zanzibar, Povre Atoll, Assumption Island, …
Level:
Easy
Take part in the feeding stations as you cruise from Borneo to Bali
Wild Encounters from Borneo to Bali
Sail from Borneo to Bali on this 11-day South Pacific cruise. Along the way, search for endangered orangutans in the wild and spend a day among them at Camp Leakey - a rare and exciting opportunity. Explore wild national parks rife with strange and …
  • 11 Days
  • $9550 - $19990 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling, Light Hiking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Asia, Singapore, Indonesia, Denpasar, Camp Leakey, Anambas Archipelago, Natuna Archipelago, Bako National Park
Level:
Easy
Experience the magic of Palau
Wild Islands of Sri Lanka, Borneo, & the Andaman Sea
Embark on this epic 20-day expedition which offers a multitude of rare experiences in wild, interesting places. Explore an ancient seaport and a traditional tea plantation in Sri Lanka. Visit the orangutan infant care center at Camp Leakey in Borneo, go …
  • 20 Days
  • $21040 - $43410 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Light Hiking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Asia, Singapore, Indonesia, Denpasar, Tanjun Puting National Park, Colombo, Galle, Andaman Islands, Hambantota, Sabang, Pulau Weh, …
Level:
Easy
Baobab trees
Wildlife & Cultures of South Africa, Mozambique, and Madagascar
Explore the southeast coast of Africa and the island of Madagascar with its strange and interesting endemic species. This 21-day expedition combines elements of game parks, including opportunities to see lemurs, rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, …
  • 21 Days
  • $25940 - $49480 USD
Ship:
National Geographic Orion
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Light Hiking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Africa, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Mayotte, Cape Town, Durban, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, Maputo, Dar es Salaam, …
Level:
Easy

Technically and aesthetically, National Geographic Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship." Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices.

Although custom-made for expedition cruising, National Geographic Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and caliber of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. National Geographic Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her passengers are few; 53, all cared for in 5-star comfort by an expert staff of 12 expedition team members plus 65 officers and crew.

Facilities:

Boutique
Open daily when the ship is at sea, the Boutique offers a wide range of gifts ranging from signature clothing to the most beautiful pearls in the world from Paspaley. A limited supply of sundry items is available.

Elevator
Orion has a glass elevator, centrally located in the atrium for ease of access. It services all stateroom decks and Deck 6, where you will find the Galaxy Observation Lounge and Cosmos Lecture Theatre.

Gymnasium
Located on Deck 6 with sweeping ocean views, the gymnasium is equipped with the following LifeFitness equipment: a step machine, a treadmill, a cross trainer, 2 bicycles, free weights and exercise mats.

Hair and Beauty Salon
Our hair stylist is available by appointment, offering a range of services from a simple shampoo and blow dry to a complete make-over including manicure and pedicure.

Hospital & Infirmary
Orion has a doctor on board at all times and consultations should be arranged through the Reception Desk. A very limited range of pharmaceuticals is maintained on board so please be sure to pack sufficient quantities of medicines for your journey. Please note the Australian Medicare system does not extend to Orion and consultation fees will be charged to your stateroom account.

Internet
A laptop is available in the Library with internet connection. Internet access is also available in your stateroom using your own laptop. If your laptop is wireless enabled you may use it anywhere in the Galaxy Observation Lounge or the Leda Lounge. Two laptops are available for loan from the Reception Desk. Passengers can purchase the following internet cards: Internet Gold Card, 250 minutes, $100.00; Internet Silver Card, 100 minutes, $55.00; Internet White Card, 50 minutes, $22.50

Jacuzzi
A Jacuzzi spa is located on the Sun Deck, Deck 6. In warmer climes you'll find the spa affords a cool dip, doubling as a plunge pool.

Lecture Theatre
Our state-of-the-art lecture theatre with surround-sound is the scene for themed presentations by our Expedition team and Guest Speakers. All passengers are comfortably accommodated in arm-chair style seating.

Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar
Centrally located on Deck 4, the Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar is the hub of social life aboard Orion, comfortably seating all passengers at once. Tour briefings are held here before dinner and a duo plays for your entertainment later in the evening.

Library
Our library is well-stocked with a wide variety of informative books and journals on our destinations, and both novels and games are also available. You'll also find a laptop here for internet access.

Marina Platforms
You'll embark the Zodiacs from either the Stern Marina Platform (accessed by the rear stairs from the Outdoor Café) or the Portside Embarkation Platform (accessed via the Mud Room on Deck 2). Cruise staff will direct you to the platform in use each day.

Mud Room
Located on Deck 2, this is a "wet area" allowing you to wash down boots after returning to the ship, thereby minimizing the risk of cross-contamination between pristine locations ashore, such as those found in Antarctica. You may also use this room to store your snorkel and flippers in designated lockers.

Observation Lounge
Located high atop Orion on Deck 6, the intimate Galaxy Observation Lounge affords stunning 270º views. Early Riser breakfast and Afternoon Tea are both served here.

Outdoor Café
The Delphinus Outdoor Café, located aft on Deck 4, offers al fresco dining for buffet breakfast and lunch. On balmy evenings you may book a table outdoors for dinner enjoying the same menu and service as presented in the restaurant.

Outdoor Bar
Located high on the ship adjacent to the Sun Deck Jacuzzi spa on Deck 6.

Reception Desk
Manned 24 hours a day, the Reception Desk is your 'first port of call' for all administrative matters.

Restaurant
The Constellation Restaurant offers passengers a relaxed yet sophisticated environment for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dining aboard Orion is a leisurely experience with a single, open sitting allowing you to choose when and with whom you dine. Special signature menus designed for us by Sydney's Serge Danserau of 'The Bathers' Pavilion' fame complement our other alternatives.

Expedition Equipment
Zodiac landing craft, a hydrophone, an underwater video camera, a video microscope, and a crow's nest camera on Kimberley voyages. Plus kayaks, snorkeling gear for all guests, scuba gear for 24 guests, a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) capable of 1,000-foot-depth, and a glass-bottom boat on all South Pacific and the Kimberley with Spice voyages.

Sun Deck
You'll find padded teak steamer chairs on Deck 6 beside the Jacuzzi spa affording you a relaxing spot to read a book or simply doze in the sun. You'll find an ample supply of large blue beach towels close by.

Vega Health Spa
The Vega Spa offers a uni-sex dry sauna, the gymnasium is equipped with cardio vascular exercise machines and a range of massage/spa treatments are available.

Technical Information
Length: 103 metres
Beam: 14.25 metres
Draft: 3.82 metres
Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic
Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd)
Gross Tonnage: 4,000
Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP
Speed: 12.5 knots
Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers
Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters
Built: 2003
Delivery Date: November 2003
Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany
Staterooms and Suites: 53
Passenger Capacity: 102 (twin occupancy).
Elevator: Yes
Classification: Germanischer Lloyd
100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT
Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway.
Additional Craft: 14 Zodiacs and 24 double kayaks.
Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system
Registry: Bahamas

National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Category 1
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 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
Deck plan for the National Geographic Orion