National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion Review and Specifications

Specifications of National Geographic Orion

Year built 2003  /  Age : 14
Flag state Bahamas
Builder Cassens Werft (Emden, Germany)
Class
Owner Lindblad Expeditions
Operator National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions
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
Cabins 53
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2014
Former names MS 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. After the March 2014 refurbishment, the ship 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.

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.

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  • Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com
  • 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.

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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
Bergen cruise port

23 June 2017 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik
Prices starting
from $15796
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24 Jun      Departing from Bergen, Norway   
25 Jun     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
26 Jun     Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland   
27 Jun     Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands   
28 Jun     Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands   
29 Jun     Mykines, Faroe Islands   
30 Jun     Djupivogur, Iceland   
01 Jul     Grimsey Island, Arctic Circle, Iceland   
02 Jul     Husavik, Iceland   
03 Jul     Isafjordur, Iceland   
04 Jul     Latrabjarg   
05 Jul     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
06 Jul      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   
Reykjavik cruise port

04 July 2017 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Circumnavigation of Iceland
Prices starting
from $10534
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05 Jul      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
06 Jul     Latrabjarg   
07 Jul     Isafjordur, Iceland   
08 Jul     Siglufjordur, Iceland   
08 Jul     Akureyri, Iceland   
09 Jul     Husavik, Iceland   
10 Jul     At Sea   
11 Jul     Djupivogur, Iceland   
12 Jul     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
12 Jul     Surtsey Island, Iceland   
13 Jul      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   
Reykjavik cruise port

12 July 2017 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Circumnavigation of Iceland
Prices starting
from $10534
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13 Jul      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
14 Jul     Latrabjarg   
15 Jul     Isafjordur, Iceland   
16 Jul     Siglufjordur, Iceland   
16 Jul     Akureyri, Iceland   
17 Jul     Husavik, Iceland   
18 Jul     At Sea   
19 Jul     Djupivogur, Iceland   
20 Jul     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
20 Jul     Surtsey Island, Iceland   
21 Jul      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   
Reykjavik cruise port

20 July 2017 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Circumnavigation of Iceland
Prices starting
from $10534
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21 Jul      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
22 Jul     Latrabjarg   
23 Jul     Isafjordur, Iceland   
24 Jul     Siglufjordur, Iceland   
24 Jul     Akureyri, Iceland   
25 Jul     Husavik, Iceland   
26 Jul     At Sea   
27 Jul     Djupivogur, Iceland   
28 Jul     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
28 Jul     Surtsey Island, Iceland   
29 Jul      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   
Reykjavik cruise port

28 July 2017 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip A Circumnavigation of Iceland
Prices starting
from $10534
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29 Jul      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
30 Jul     Latrabjarg   
31 Jul     Isafjordur, Iceland   
01 Aug     Siglufjordur, Iceland   
01 Aug     Akureyri, Iceland   
02 Aug     Husavik, Iceland   
03 Aug     At Sea   
04 Aug     Djupivogur, Iceland   
05 Aug     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
05 Aug     Surtsey Island, Iceland   
06 Aug      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   
Reykjavik cruise port

14 August 2017 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen
Prices starting
from $15796
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15 Aug      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
16 Aug     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
17 Aug     Latrabjarg   
18 Aug     Isafjordur, Iceland   
19 Aug     Husavik, Iceland   
20 Aug     Grimsey Island, Arctic Circle, Iceland   
21 Aug     Djupivogur, Iceland   
22 Aug     Mykines, Faroe Islands   
23 Aug     Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands   
24 Aug     Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands   
25 Aug     Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland   
26 Aug     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
27 Aug      Arriving in Bergen, Norway   
Ushuaia cruise port

09 November 2017 20 nights / 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $27450
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10 Nov      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
10 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
11 Nov     At Sea   
12 Nov     West Point Island, Falkland Islands   
13 Nov     Port Stanley, East Falkland Island   
14 Nov - 15 Nov     At Sea   
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     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
20 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
21 Nov - 22 Nov     At Sea   
23 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
24 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
25 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
26 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
27 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
28 Nov - 29 Nov     At Sea   
30 Nov     Ushuaia, Argentina   
30 Nov      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

29 November 2017 20 nights / 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $27450
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30 Nov      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
30 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
01 Dec     At Sea   
02 Dec     West Point Island, Falkland Islands   
03 Dec     Port Stanley, East Falkland Island   
04 Dec - 05 Dec     At Sea   
06 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
07 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
08 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
09 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
10 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
11 Dec - 12 Dec     At Sea   
13 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
14 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
15 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
16 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
17 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
18 Dec - 19 Dec     At Sea   
20 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
20 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

19 December 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
fly-cruise (Santiago (Ch))
Prices starting
from $17146
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20 Dec      Departing from Santiago (Ch) (flight)   
20 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
21 Dec     At Sea   
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     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
27 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
28 Dec - 29 Dec     At Sea   
30 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
30 Dec      Arriving in Santiago (Ch) (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

29 December 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
fly-cruise (Santiago (Ch))
Prices starting
from $17146
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30 Dec      Departing from Santiago (Ch) (flight)   
30 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
31 Dec     At Sea   
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     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
06 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
07 Jan - 08 Jan     At Sea   
09 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
09 Jan      Arriving in Santiago (Ch) (flight)   

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
Ushuaia cruise port

08 January 2018 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
fly-cruise (Santiago (Ch))
Prices starting
from $15878
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09 Jan      Departing from Santiago (Ch) (flight)   
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 Santiago (Ch) (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

18 January 2018 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
fly-cruise (Santiago (Ch))
Prices starting
from $15878
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19 Jan      Departing from Santiago (Ch) (flight)   
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 Santiago (Ch) (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

28 January 2018 20 nights / 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $27450
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29 Jan      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
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 (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

17 February 2018 20 nights / 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $27450
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18 Feb      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
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 (flight)