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Cultures of the South Pacific: New Zealand to the Solomons

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Sail the islands of the South Pacific on this 8-day inaugural cruise of the National Geographic Orion! Arrive at the fascinating ports of call of the Bay of Islands, Norfolk Island, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. View the rich cultures of the island villagers and snorkel in some of the best waters of the region on this South Pacific cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Auckland, New Zealand / Embark
Day 2 : Bay of Islands
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Norfolk Island, Australia
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Vanuatu
Day 7 : Santa Ana, Solomon Islands
Day 8 : Honiara, Solomon Islands / Disembark

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National Geographic Orion

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Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkel off the lonely island of Kennedy Snorkel with the exceptional sealife of the South Pacific Kayak on the Great Barrier Reef Witness the cultural dances of Trobriand villagers Admire the coral reef as you sail the South Pacific Dancers of Vanuatu

Day 1 Auckland, New Zealand / Embark

Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand and transfer to the National Geographic Orion. Embark and attend a champagne christening and inaugural festivities while cruising in the Hauraki Gulf.

Day 2 Bay of Islands

In the morning, go ashore via Zodiac to Russell, which is rich in Maori history. See the carved Maori meeting house, ceremonial war canoes and attend a Maori cultural performance.

Day 3 At Sea

Attend on-board presentations and lectures as you sail. These presentations are a great way to learn about your next destination: Norfolk Island.

Day 4 Norfolk Island, Australia

Explore Norfolk Island, a UNESCO site and former British penal colony. Explore the ruins, swim, hike, or snorkel in the clear blue waters off the coast.

Day 5 At Sea

Relax on board or attend presentations and lectures as you sail for Vanuatu.

Day 6 Vanuatu

Arrive in Vanuatu, a beautiful archipelago of more than 80 islands which was once home to fierce warriors. Hike to the rim of Mt. Yasur on Tanna Island, an active volcano with an eerie red glow at its cone. Wander Vanuatu's sleepy capital, Port Vila, and explore the massive Leles Cave, which features petroglyphs that are thousands of years old. Land at the ancient ceremonial grounds on Malakula and see an elaborate spirit dance. Swim and kayak at Paradise Lagoon on Espiritu Santo and see the remnants of WWII near Luganville, then snorkel Million Dollar Point, where hundreds of tons of U.S. military equipment were dumped after the war.

Day 7 Santa Ana, Solomon Islands

In the morning, explore the Solomon Islands, one of the least visited South Pacific archipelago. Settled as early as 2500 BC by skull worshipping tribes, the islands feature some of the region’s top snorkeling sites. Attend a performance by the local villagers and view their stunning dances with spears and mud covered face masks.

Day 8 Honiara, Solomon Islands / Disembark

Disembark in Honiara, a strategic WWII battleground and former U.S. supply depot. Disembark the National Geographic Orion and transfer to the airport for your flights home.

National Geographic Orion

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National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
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Category 1
Cat 1 #316, 318-321. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Your  Category B Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 1 Single
Cat 1S #301, 322, 323. These solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed, except for #301 which has a double bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a roomy shower stall with a glass door.
A Category A Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 2
Cat 2 #302-312, 314, 315, 317. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized, and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
A lovely category 3 suite on the National Geographic Oion
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Category 3
Cat 3 Suite with Window #401-412, 414-419. These suites feature a sitting area with a large window, a sofa–except slightly smaller #401 & #402–an armchair or two, writing/laptop desk, reading lamps, flat screen TV, & climate controls. Beds are configurable (call for details). Marble bathrooms include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
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Category 3 Single
Cat 3S Suite with Window #512. This solo suite features two beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and small table, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls. The marble bathroom is generously sized and includes a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
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Category 4
Cat 4 Deluxe Suite with Window #511, 515. These two suites feature separate sleeping and sitting areas, with a chair and armchair and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable (call for details). Ample storage, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities.
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
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Category 5
Cat 5 Suite with French Balcony #501, 503-506, 508. These spacious suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors opening to a shared French balcony. Beds are configurable (call for details.) A sitting area with arm chairs and a sofa, a writing/laptop desk, well-placed reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the decor.
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
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Category 6
Cat 6 Owner’s Suite with French Balcony #502, 507, 509*, 510. These large, elegant suites feature a French balcony, with the exception of #509 which has double windows. Each provides a separate living area with a sofa and two arm chairs, except for #502, which uniquely offers a 'soaking tub with a view' in addition to a shower stall and expansive vanity.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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