National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion cruise ship
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Cruise line
Lindblad Expeditions

Current cruise:
7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals
13 Jul, 2018 - 21 Jul, 2018

National Geographic Orion Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Orion

Year built2003  /  Age : 15
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderCassens Werft (Emden, Germany)
OwnerLindblad Expeditions
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)102 m / 335 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage3984 gt
Passengers102 - 106
Crew75
Passengers-to-space ratio38
Decks6
Cabins53
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2014
Former namesMS Orion

Review of National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion cruise ship was built in 2003  for Explorer Maritime, and operated by the US-based Travel Dynamics International. After the March 2014 drydock refurbishment, the boat joined Lindblad's fleet and received its current Nat Geo name.

History - construction & ownership

The 3,984-ton, 106-passenger MS Orion is the newest addition to Nat Geo fleet. It’s a luxurious base camp for trips to the most remote corners of the planet. Fully stabilized and ice-class, the Orion navigates polar ice as well the smallest harbors of South Pacific.

Lindblad National Geographic Orion cruise ship

The National Geographic Orion cruise ship is owned and operated by Lindblad Expeditions in cooperation with the National Geographic Society (aka NatGeo - an US non-profit institution for science and education).

The partnership that Nat Geo has with the Lindblad Expeditions line enables passengers to enjoy an expedition style small ship cruise vacation as active explorers. Lindblad cruise ships sail unique destinations to explore out-of-the-way inlets, making Zodiac landings and looking for wildlife.

Cruise itinerary program

National Geographic Orion itinerary program is based on Antarctica expedition voyages in the Southern Ocean, together with adventure travel cruises in the South Pacific and Indian oceans.

Lindblad Cruises 2019 program included one of the world's most wildlife-rich travel destinations - Russia's Arctic territories. The itineraries included:

  • The "Across the Bering Sea" (Katmai to Kamchatka, around 4400 ml / 7000 km) nearly circumnavigated Bering Sea, The 22-days itinerary (leaving June 18 and July 21, 2019) had fares starting at USD 25,850 pp (double occupancy Category 1 cabin).
  • The "Life and Legend on the Bering Sea" cruise (13 days, departures July 9 and September 4, 2019) had fares from USD 16230 pp.
  • The "Exploring Russia's Far East and Wrangel Island" cruise (along Siberia's coastline) was a 13-days itinerary (departures August 11 and 23, 2019) with fares from USD 16230 pp.  

Cabins

National Geographic Orion has 6 passenger decks and 53 cabins, all of which Outside with portholes or windows. The cabin grades number is 8.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Nat Geo Orion has one Main Dining Room with unassigned tables. The restaurant offers international cuisine inspired by ports of call. All meals are served single seating.

Lindblad National Geographic Orion cruise ship

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

National Geographic Orion carries a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks, as well as video equipment allowing to access the underwater world. Orion is also equipped with diving and snorkeling gear. Nat Geo “open bridge” policy offers the opportunity to meet officers and captain and learn about navigation. A video chronicler, undersea specialist, photography instructor and full-time doctor, are part of the expedition team.

Lindblad National Geographic Orion cruise ship

Public areas include the outdoor bar and café, a lounge and bar, sun deck, lecture theater, library and boutique. On board you can also find a mud room, sauna, spa treatment rooms, hot tub/plunge pool and a fitness room.

National Geographic Orion wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 8
  • Total number of cabins: 53 (all of which Outside)
  • Dining Rooms: Restaurant (single seating with unassigned tables)
  • Lounges & Bars: Observation Lounge, Outdoor Cafe, lounge with full-service bar, facilities for films and presentations.
  • LEX Spa, whirlpool, fitness center, sauna, theater, library, Global Gallery (gift shop), Wi-Fi, laundry service, mud room.
  • National Geographic Orion ship was originally built for Explorer Maritime, and operated by the US-based company Travel Dynamics International. In March 2014, mv Orion received its current name. The other Nat Geo ("National Geographic") named Lindblad ships are EndeavourEndeavour 2ExplorerIslanderSea BirdSea Lion.
  • As a true expedition cruise ship, National Geographic Orion is staffed a full-time doctor, wellness specialist, photo instructor, video chronicler, undersea specialist. Another feature is the specific expedition equipment on the ship, including kayaks, Zodiacs, wet suits, snorkeling gear, glass-bottom boat and underwater remotely operated vehicle. National Geographic Orion ship's hull is ice-reinforced for cruises in polar regions (Arctic and Antarctica). The ship's ROV (remote operated vehicle) can dive to 1000 ft / 305 m sea depth. The "Open Bridge” policy of Lindblad Expeditions allows the crew to welcome guests to the navigation bridge.
  • (January 20, 2013 accident), MV Orion was cruising in the South Pacific Ocean when rescued from a liferaft the renowned yachtsman Alain Delord. The man's location was 487 nautical miles (560 ml / 900 km) SSW of Hobart, Tasmania. Delord had abandoned his yacht, which hull was damaged in rough weather.
  • The boat's namesake is Viking Ocean-owned cruise liner Viking Orion (launched 2018).

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National Geographic Orion Itineraries 2018

The below listed National Geographic Orion cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Lindblad Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Papeete cruise port

22 June 201814 nights / 15 days, round-trip Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas
Prices starting
from $18093
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Papeete cruise port

06 July 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll
Prices starting
from $8872
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Papeete cruise port

13 July 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals
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Prices starting
from $8872
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13 Jul      Departing from Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia(flight)   
13 Jul      Departing from Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia   
15 Jul - 16 Jul     At Sea   
17 Jul     Line Islands, Kiribati   
18 Jul     Line Islands, Kiribati   
19 Jul     Line Islands, Kiribati   
20 Jul     Moorea Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia   
21 Jul      Arriving in Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia   

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Papeete cruise port

20 July 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll
Prices starting
from $8872
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Papeete cruise port

27 July 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals
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Prices starting
from $8872
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27 Jul      Departing from Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia(flight)   
27 Jul      Departing from Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia   
29 Jul - 30 Jul     At Sea   
31 Jul     Line Islands, Kiribati   
01 Aug     Line Islands, Kiribati   
02 Aug     Line Islands, Kiribati   
03 Aug     Moorea Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia   
04 Aug      Arriving in Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia   

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Papeete cruise port

03 August 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll
Prices starting
from $8872
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Papeete cruise port

10 August 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals
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Prices starting
from $8872
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10 Aug      Departing from Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia(flight)   
10 Aug      Departing from Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia   
12 Aug - 13 Aug     At Sea   
14 Aug     Line Islands, Kiribati   
15 Aug     Line Islands, Kiribati   
16 Aug     Line Islands, Kiribati   
17 Aug     Moorea Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia   
18 Aug      Arriving in Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia   

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Papeete cruise port

17 August 201814 nights / 15 days, round-trip Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas
Prices starting
from $18093
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Papeete cruise port

02 September 201813 nights / 14 days, one-way from Papeete to Easter Island
Prices starting
from $20757
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02 Sep      Departing from Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia   
04 Sep     Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia   
05 Sep     Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia   
06 Sep     Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia   
07 Sep - 09 Sep     At Sea   
10 Sep     Gambier Islands, Mangareva, French Polynesia   
11 Sep     At Sea   
12 Sep     Pitcairn Island, Adamstown   
13 Sep - 15 Sep     At Sea   
16 Sep      Arriving in Easter Island, Hanga Roa, Chile   

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Chilean Fjords cruise port

31 October 20187 nights / 8 days, one-way from Puerto Natales to Buenos Aires
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Prices starting
from $16084
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31 Oct      Departing from Puerto Natales, Chile   
02 Nov     Chilean Fjords, Patagonia   
03 Nov     Chilean Fjords, Patagonia   
04 Nov     Beagle Channel, Glacier Alley, Chile Patagonia   
05 Nov     Cape Horn, Chile Antarctica   
06 Nov     Staten Island, Isla de los Estados, Argentina   
07 Nov     Staten Island, Isla de los Estados, Argentina   
08 Nov     Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Nov      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

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Valparaiso cruise port

31 October 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Patagonia: Chilean Fjords & Staten Island
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Prices starting
from $10328
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31 Oct      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
31 Oct      Departing from Puerto Natales, Chile   
02 Nov     Chilean Fjords, Patagonia   
03 Nov     Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, Chile Antarctica   
04 Nov     Chilean Fjords, Patagonia   
04 Nov     Beagle Channel, Glacier Alley, Chile Patagonia   
05 Nov     Cape Horn, Chile Antarctica   
06 Nov     Staten Island, Isla de los Estados, Argentina   
07 Nov     Staten Island, Isla de los Estados, Argentina   
08 Nov     Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Nov      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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Valparaiso cruise port

07 November 201820 nights / 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
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Prices starting
from $27450
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07 Nov      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
07 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
09 Nov     At Sea   
10 Nov     West Point Island, Falkland Islands   
11 Nov     Port Stanley, East Falkland Island   
12 Nov - 13 Nov     At Sea   
14 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
15 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
16 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
17 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
18 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
19 Nov - 20 Nov     At Sea   
21 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
22 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
23 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
24 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
25 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
26 Nov - 27 Nov     At Sea   
28 Nov     Ushuaia, Argentina   
28 Nov      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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Valparaiso cruise port

27 November 201810 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $15878
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27 Nov      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
27 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
29 Nov     At Sea   
30 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
04 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
05 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
06 Dec - 07 Dec     At Sea   
08 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Dec      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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Valparaiso cruise port

07 December 201810 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $15878
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07 Dec      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
07 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
09 Dec     At Sea   
10 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
11 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
12 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
13 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
14 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
15 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
16 Dec - 17 Dec     At Sea   
18 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
18 Dec      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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Valparaiso cruise port

17 December 201810 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $17146
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17 Dec      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
17 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
19 Dec     At Sea   
20 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
21 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
22 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
23 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
24 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
25 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
26 Dec - 27 Dec     At Sea   
28 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
28 Dec      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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Valparaiso cruise port

27 December 201810 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $17146
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27 Dec      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
27 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
29 Dec     At Sea   
30 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
31 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
04 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
05 Jan - 06 Jan     At Sea   
07 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
07 Jan      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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National Geographic Orion Itineraries 2019

The below listed National Geographic Orion cruise prices on 2019 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Lindblad Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Valparaiso cruise port

27 December 201810 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $17146
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27 Dec      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
27 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
29 Dec     At Sea   
30 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
31 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
04 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
05 Jan - 06 Jan     At Sea   
07 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
07 Jan      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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Valparaiso cruise port

06 January 201910 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $15878
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06 Jan      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
06 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Jan     At Sea   
09 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
10 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
11 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
12 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
13 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
14 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
15 Jan - 16 Jan     At Sea   
17 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
17 Jan      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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Valparaiso cruise port

26 January 201910 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
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Prices starting
from $15878
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26 Jan      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
26 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
28 Jan     At Sea   
29 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
30 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
31 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
04 Feb - 05 Feb     At Sea   
06 Feb     Ushuaia, Argentina   
06 Feb      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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Valparaiso cruise port

05 February 201910 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
fly-cruise ()
Prices starting
from $15878
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05 Feb      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
05 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
07 Feb     At Sea   
08 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
09 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
10 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
11 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
12 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
13 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
14 Feb - 15 Feb     At Sea   
16 Feb     Ushuaia, Argentina   
16 Feb      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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Valparaiso cruise port

15 February 201920 nights / 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
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Prices starting
from $27450
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15 Feb      Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   
15 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
17 Feb     At Sea   
18 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
19 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
20 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
21 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
22 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
23 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica(Exploring)   
24 Feb - 25 Feb     At Sea   
26 Feb     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
27 Feb     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
28 Feb     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
01 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
02 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica(Exploring)   
03 Mar - 04 Mar     At Sea   
05 Mar     Port Stanley, East Falkland Island   
06 Mar     West Point Island, Falkland Islands   
07 Mar     At Sea   
08 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Mar      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight)   

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