National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Orion

Flag Bahamas
Builder SCHIFFSWERFT UND MASCHINENFABRIK CASSENS GMBH / EMDEN
Year built 2003
Speed 15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA) 102 m / 335 ft
Beam (width) 14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage 3984 gt
Passengers 102 - 106
Crew 75
Passengers-to-space ratio 38
Decks 6
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2014
Former names Orion

Review of National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion was built in 2003  for Explorer Maritime, and operated by the US-based Travel Dynamics International. MS Orion was last refurbished in 2014 and in March the same year received its current Nat Geo name. 

History - construction & ownership

The 3,984-ton, 106-passenger National Geographic 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. 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.

National Geographic Orion

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.

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.

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

Year built 2003 (as MV Orion)

Last refurbished (scheduled refurbishment) 2014

Passenger capacity / crew capacity 102 (106 max) / 75

Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 4,050 tons / 337 ft (103 m)

Flag State (registered in) Bahamas

Ship builder Cassens-Werft (Germany)

Building cost USD - mill

Ship owner and Operator Lindblad Expeditions

Christened by -

Official website link NationalGeographicExpeditions.com

Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com

  • Passenger decks: 6
  • 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. The hull of National Geographic Orion is ice-reinforced for cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
  • (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.

National Geographic Orion related cruise news

National Geographic Orion Itineraries 2016

The below listed National Geographic Orion cruise prices on 2016 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
16 December 13 nights / 14 days, round-trip Antarctic Cruises
16 Dec        Departing from Gateway City
17 Dec - 18 Dec        Buenos Aires, Argentina
18 Dec        Ushuaia, Argentina
19 Dec        At Sea
20 Dec - 25 Dec        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
26 Dec - 27 Dec        At Sea
28 Dec        Ushuaia, Argentina
28 Dec        Buenos Aires, Argentina
29 Dec        Arriving in Gateway City
26 December 13 nights / 14 days, round-trip Antarctic Cruises
26 Dec        Departing from Gateway City
27 Dec - 28 Dec        Buenos Aires, Argentina
28 Dec        Ushuaia, Argentina
29 Dec        At Sea
30 Dec - 04 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
05 Jan - 06 Jan        At Sea
07 Jan        Ushuaia, Argentina
07 Jan        Buenos Aires, Argentina
08 Jan        Arriving in Gateway City

National Geographic Orion Itineraries 2017

The below listed National Geographic Orion cruise prices on 2017 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
05 January 13 nights / 14 days, round-trip Antarctic Cruises
05 Jan        Departing from Gateway City
06 Jan - 07 Jan        Buenos Aires, Argentina
07 Jan        Ushuaia, Argentina
08 Jan        At Sea
09 Jan - 14 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
15 Jan - 16 Jan        At Sea
17 Jan        Ushuaia, Argentina
17 Jan        Buenos Aires, Argentina
18 Jan        Arriving in Gateway City
15 January 13 nights / 14 days, round-trip Antarctic Cruises
15 Jan        Departing from Gateway City
16 Jan - 17 Jan        Buenos Aires, Argentina
17 Jan        Ushuaia, Argentina
18 Jan        At Sea
19 Jan - 24 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
25 Jan - 26 Jan        At Sea
27 Jan        Ushuaia, Argentina
27 Jan        Buenos Aires, Argentina
28 Jan        Arriving in Gateway City

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
08 January 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Prices starting
from $15878
09 Jan        Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile
09 Jan        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
10 Jan        At Sea
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        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
16 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
17 Jan - 18 Jan        At Sea
19 Jan        Ushuaia, Argentina
19 Jan        Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile
18 January 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Prices starting
from $15878
19 Jan        Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile
19 Jan        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
20 Jan        At Sea
21 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
22 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
23 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
24 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
25 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
26 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
27 Jan - 28 Jan        At Sea
29 Jan        Ushuaia, Argentina
29 Jan        Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile
28 January 20 nights / 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
Prices starting
from $27450
29 Jan        Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina
29 Jan        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
30 Jan        At Sea
31 Jan        West Point Island, Falkland Islands
01 Feb        Port Stanley, East Falkland Island
02 Feb - 03 Feb        At Sea
04 Feb        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
05 Feb        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
06 Feb        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
07 Feb        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
08 Feb        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
09 Feb - 10 Feb        At Sea
11 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
12 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
13 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
14 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
15 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
16 Feb - 17 Feb        At Sea
18 Feb        Ushuaia, Argentina
18 Feb        Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina
17 February 20 nights / 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
Prices starting
from $27450
18 Feb        Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina
18 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
19 Feb        At Sea
20 Feb        West Point Island, Falkland Islands
21 Feb        Port Stanley, East Falkland Island
22 Feb - 23 Feb        At Sea
24 Feb        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
25 Feb        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
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 - 02 Mar        At Sea
03 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
04 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
05 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
06 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
07 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
08 Mar - 09 Mar        At Sea
10 Mar        Ushuaia, Argentina
10 Mar        Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina