Kimberley with Spice« All Orion cruise options
- Day 1 Broome, Australia / Embark
- Day 2 Nares Point & Crocodile Creek
- Day 3 Montgomery Reef & Raft Point
- Day 4 Kuri Bay
- Day 5 Bigge Island & Montelavit Islands
- Day 6 King George River & Falls
- Days 7-8 At Sea
- Day 9 Semau
- Day 10 Savu
- Day 11 Kodi, West Sumba
- Day 12 Komodo
- Day 13 Satonda & Kenanga Village, Sumbawa
- Day 14 Badas, Sumbawa
- Day 15 Bali / Return Home
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Cat B - Oceanview Stateroom||Cat A - Oceanview Stateroom||Junior Suite||Deluxe Suite||French Balcony Suite||Owner|
|Sep 15 '13
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|40%||All Departure Dates|
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Day 1 Broome, Australia / Embark
The charismatic town of Broome has a colourful history and a unique, cosmopolitan feel, which stems from its early pearling days when over 400 luggers plied the coast. The town is full of contrasts: stroll along kilometres of pristine white sand and swim in the clear water of Cable Beach or skim across tidal flats aboard a hovercraft to Gantheaume Point, home of the 130 million year old Dinosaur Footprints. Visit the Paspaley Pearls Boutique to sip champagne at an exclusive private viewing or take a walk along the white beaches and impossibly blue ocean. Spend some time uncovering the town's history at the Broome Historical Society Museum or reflect on the dangers of the early days of diving at the Japanese Shinto Cemetery, final resting-place for over 900 pearl divers. The fishing is great in Broome so board a fishing boat or simply try your hand at landing a big one from the deep water jetty. And if you enjoy bushwalking, the Minyirr Park has a number of self-guided trails.
Day 2 Nares Point & Crocodile Creek
Located just off Koolan Island, and known for the BHP iron ore mine which operated for several decades on the island, this geological finger of sandstone protruding into the ocean provides great opportunities for Zodiac cruising and guided walks along the beach.
The layered sandstone show its buckling and folding, evidence of millions of years of geological forces. Nearby Crocodile Creek defies its name, and due to several vertical embankments remains "crocodile free" allowing you to take advantage of the cool freshwater to relax and beat the Kimberley heat. Orion’s Expedition Team will guide you around the area today, in Zodiacs and on foot, and take advantage of the freshwater swimming hole.
Day 3 Montgomery Reef & Raft Point
Arriving at high tide, you'll see very little of Montgomery Reef. However as the tide drops rapidly away a raging torrent of water, cascading off the top of this 400ha reef, erupts as miles of surrounding reef appears to slowly rise out of the ocean. A Zodiac will maneuver you into a channel in the reef as water cascades down on either side. It's the perfect spot to watch cormorants, egrets and sandpipers forage for sea life trapped on the surface of the reef. Below the waterline opportunistic sea turtles, reef sharks and many larger fish also take advantage of this feast.
Day 4 Kuri Bay
Orion will anchor close by the Paspaley pearling base in Kuri Bay, Australia’s first South Sea Pearl Farm. Paspaley is known around the world as the producer of the world’s finest quality pearls and today you will be their guests inspecting the pearl harvest.
Day 5 Bigge Island & Montelavit Islands
The expedition team will lead you to a stunning display of the distinctive Wandjina rock art in beach caves. Painted by the Wunambal people, the art features amazing halo-headed figures with first-contact images of sailing ships and pipe-smoking European seafarers of the 19th century. Your expedition team will also keep an eye out for small rock wallabies and large salt water crocodiles before making your inaugural visit to the beach at Montelavit Islands.
Day 6 King George River & Falls
Today Orion will drop anchor in Koolama Bay. Originally known as King George Bay, the area was renamed after the merchant ship Koolama was bombed near here by Japanese aircraft during World War II. The 12km journey up the King George River reveals some of the world's most spectacular scenery and a wealth of bird species. The almost vertical sheer canyon walls have been eroded over millions of years and look like stacks of sandstone reminiscent of a child's building blocks. The King George River drains the Gardner Plateau and the falls are the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (100m or 330ft). Whether you experience the mighty thundering of the falls early in the season, or have the chance to get up close and personal later in the year, you'll be in awe of the sight.
The Orion Zodiacs and tenders will cruise up the stunning sandstone canyon that culminates in the twin drops of King George Falls and convey guests back again to Orion. For guests looking for a bit more adventure, you will be able to take a walk to the top of the falls and have the opportunity to enjoy a swim. This is quite a steep, difficult walk with lots of loose uneven ground underfoot and all participants will need high levels of fitness and mobility.
Optional Shoreside Expedition
KING GEORGE SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT Duration: 15-20 minutes
Cost: AU$475 per person
Days 7-8 At Sea
Day 9 Semau
Semau is an island paradise surrounded by crystal clear waters which offer exceptional snorkeling and swimming. Sit back and relax as the Orion crew put on a beach barbeque.
Day 10 Savu
About as remote as it gets in this part of the world, the tiny island of Savu sits beneath Sumba and above Timor in almost isolation. The Savunese people consider themselves of Indian-Aryan descent and have strong historical to other traditionally Hindu parts of the island archipelago such as Java and Bali. Barely influenced by the outside world, today the island is predominately Christian. The great naturalist explorer Alfred R Wallace once commented on meeting his first Savu Islanders in 1868 "some chiefs of the island of Savu represented characters very distinct from either the Malay or Papuan races. They most resemble Hindus, having well formed features and straight thin noses with clear brown complexions". The island is extremely dry, receiving no more than around 100mm a year, which will generally fall in one massive downpour during the monsoon season. The land is mostly covered by grasslands and tall Lontar palms, used for making palm sugar and a potent local drink.
The Savunese people will display there culture for us in both performance and in the form of artworks including the woven ikat fabrics. A welcome performance will be held at the local Rajah's hopuse and you will be able to host a traditional healing village where sick villagers from all around the island are "healed" through traditional methods. Swimming and snorkeling will also be available during the day on the nearby island of Raijua.
Day 11 Kodi, West Sumba
Whilst still on the same island, and similar to yesterdays visit to the Waingapu region in the east, Kodi in West Sumba has a few subtle differences to make your visit worthwhile. The West has a lot more focus on their horseback fighting known as Pasola. This once brutal event will be re-enacted especially for your visit. The Sumba style houses here are also a little different with much higher roofs reaching for the heavens allowing the local villagers to communicate with their spirit-gods.
Day 12 Komodo
Loh Liang is the entry point to the world renowned Komodo National Park. The national park was established in 1980 to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) and its habitat. These prehistoric creatures are among the world's largest reptiles, growing to over 3 meters long and weighing over 70kg.
After landing on the beach you will be met by local Park Rangers and after a short briefing head off in search of the dragons. Pink Beach, just a short distance away from Loh Liang and still part of Komodo National Park, is so named because of the red organ pipe coral (Tubipora musica) that contributes to the sand on this spectacular beach. Swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking or just relaxing on the beach are all options available for you today - make the most of your time on this world famous beach.
Day 13 Satonda & Kenanga Village, Sumbawa
The small village of Kenanga is within a mile of Satonda Island. Landing on the beach by Zodiac you will receive a traditional Sumbanese welcome and have the opportunity to take a walk with the locals around their village. Often referred to as a “fishing village” due to the management of the nearby national park and to prevent over fishing common throughout these islands - the government has encouraged fish farming and gardening. Today few, if any, of the locals actually go out fishing.
Sitting just offshore from the main island Sumbawa and directly opposite the towering volcano of Tambora, Satonda is an uninhabited natural paradise. The island is itself an emerging volcano with a lake that has formed in its crater. The lake is only a short walk from the beach. Hundreds of fruit bats call Satonda home and at dusk the sky turns black as they leave their roosts for the evening. Dozens of monkeys also prowl the beaches. The coral reefs teem with fish and the lake in the center, easily accessed via a short walking track, provides an interesting alternate location for swimming and snorkeling.
The towering volcanic peak of Tambora is your backdrop today. Tambora is known for one of the largest eruptions recorded in history. Its giant eruption of 1815 was even greater than the legendary Kraktoa eruption of 1883.
Day 14 Badas, Sumbawa
The port of Badas is part of the greater township of Sumbawa Besar, on the island of Sumbawa. Like most of Sumbawa the people hold their culture strong as a major part of their identity. The island has a strong influence from the Makassarese of Sulawesi, who over the centuries introduced much of their culture into Sumbawa. Sumbawa is the largest Regency in the West Nusa Tenggara Province. The islands of Sumbawa cover 8,493km2 including 38 small islands. The population of about half a million is roughly split into two ethnic and language groups. One group based around the town of Bima in the East and a separate language group in the West based around Sumbawa Besar. The main island of Sumbawa is larger than Bali and Lombok combined.
Pamulung Village will be the main focus of your visit, where the villagers will open their village to you with an elaborate cultural display. You will witness a traditional wedding ceremony, a local traditional boxing match and the fascinating spectacle of Buffalo Racing. Jockeys ride a small platform towed behind the charging Buffalo towards a figurine planted in the middle of a flooded rice paddy. The rider who gets his buffalo closest to the figurine wins, but it’s not just the other buffalos they are racing against. The village magic men cast spells on the figurine to repel the buffalos and often it is these magic men who win the competition as the buffalos veer away from the figurine, repelled by the magic!
Day 15 Bali / Return Home
The Indonesian island of Bali represents an oxymoron. The city center of Denpasar is crammed with hotels and tourist activity. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music.
The countryside is picturesque incorporating rice paddies flooding the hillsides and volcanoes reaching to the skies. The rain-forests are lush and tropical, and the beaches are washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The island is home to the vast majority of Indonesia's small Hindu minority.
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- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 106
- Luxury Expedition Ship
Technically and aesthetically, 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, 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 calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.
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.
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.
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.
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. Internet access cards can be purchased for A$30.00 (60 minutes) or A$50.00 (125 minutes). Communications at sea are subject to satellite connections.
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.
Our state-of-the-art lecture theatre with surround-sound is the scene for themed presentations by our Expedition team and Guest Speakers. All guests 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 guests at once. Tour briefings are held here before dinner and a duo plays for your entertainment later in the evening.
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.
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.
Located on Deck 2, this is a "wet area" allowing you to wash down boots after returning to the ship, thereby minimising 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.
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.
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.
Located high on the ship adjacent to the Sun Deck Jacuzzi spa on Deck 6.
Manned 24 hours a day, the Reception Desk is your 'first port of call' for all administrative matters.
The Constellation Restaurant offers guests 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.
Orion is equipped with a fleet of 10 inflatable 2-man kayaks and when in warmer waters you are welcome to borrow goggles, snorkels and fins for the duration of your stay with us.
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.
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
Delivery Date: November 2003
Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany
Staterooms and Suites: 53
Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy). 19 additional guests may be accommodated in convertible sofa or upper Pullman beds.
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: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks
Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system
|Cat B - Oceanview Stateroom|
Outside Staterooms with oval window and sitting area. Deck 3. 175 sq. ft. #301, 322, 323.
|Cat A - Oceanview Stateroom|
Outside Staterooms with oval window and sitting area. Deck 3. 180 sq. ft. #302-312, 314-321.
Outside Junior Suites with rectangular window and sitting area. Decks 4 & 5. 218 sq. ft. #401-412, 414-419, 512.
Outside Suites with large window and living room. Deck 5. 230 sq. ft. #511, 515.
|French Balcony Suite|
Outside Suites with French balcony and living room. Deck 5. 230 sq. ft. #501, 503-506, 508.
Outside Grand Suites with French balcony, separate bedroom and living room. Deck 5. 345 sq. ft. #502, 507, 509, 510.