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National Geographic Orion

Former name: MS Orion

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Specifications of National Geographic Orion

Year built2003  /  Age : 17
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderCassens Werft (Emden, Germany)
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc
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

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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 - a 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 the 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.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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.

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Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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, an Observation Lounge with full-service bar, sun deck, lecture theater, facilities for films and presentations, library and Global Gallery (gift shop). Onboard, guests can also find a LEX Spa, mud room, sauna, spa treatment rooms, a hot tub/plunge pool, and a fitness room.

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Lindblad 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 has 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 (remotely 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.

NAT GEO Orion has installed Fleet Xpress - fast Internet connectivity provided by Inmarsat (owner and operator of a global satellite network). Fleet Xpress is fully integrated with the boat's phone system (PABX) and comm platforms.

Ship's namesake is the Viking Ocean-owned liner Viking Orion (launched 2018).

National Geographic Orion Itineraries

The below listed National Geographic Orion cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Apr 15 7 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Fakarava Atoll Papeete $8356
2020 Apr 22 14 days, one-way from Fakarava Atoll to Fatu Hiva Island Rangiroa Atoll $16716
2020 May 06 7 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Fakarava Atoll Papeete $8353
2020 May 13 7 days, one-way from Fakarava Atoll to Bora Bora Island Rangiroa Atoll
2020 May 14 7 days, one-way from Fakarava Atoll to Bora Bora Island Rangiroa Atoll
2020 May 19 6 days, one-way from Rangiroa Atoll to Hiva Oa Island Papeete
2020 May 20 6 days, one-way from Rangiroa Atoll to Hiva Oa Island Papeete $8359
2020 Jun 14 22 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Nome Ketchikan $27448
2020 Jun 14 21 days, one-way from Seward to Nome Seward
2020 Jun 23 13 days, one-way from Seward to Nome Seward $17342
2020 Jul 05 12 days, one-way from Nome to Seward Nome $17342
2020 Jul 05 11 days, one-way from Nome to Seward Nome $17345
2020 Jul 17 21 days, one-way from Seward to Nome Seward $27441
2020 Aug 07 13 days, round-trip 13 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome
2020 Aug 07 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17501
2020 Aug 19 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17509
2020 Aug 19 13 days, round-trip 13 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome
2020 Aug 31 13 days, round-trip 13 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17504
2020 Aug 31 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17496
2020 Oct 01 6 days, one-way from Nuku Hiva Island to Fakarava Atoll Nuku Hiva Island
2020 Oct 07 14 days, one-way from Fakarava Atoll to Pitcairn Island Papeete
2020 Oct 28 8 days, one-way from Puerto Natales to Ushuaia Puerto Natales $10775
2020 Nov 05 15 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales Ushuaia $22432
2020 Nov 21 8 days, one-way from Puerto Natales to Ushuaia Puerto Natales $10779
2020 Nov 29 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia
2020 Dec 09 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15260
2020 Dec 19 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $16553
2021 Jan 08 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15258
2021 Jan 18 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15254
2021 Jan 28 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15252
2021 Feb 07 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia
2021 Feb 17 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia $26485
2021 Mar 09 11 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales Ushuaia $16231
2021 Mar 09 7 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales Ushuaia
2021 Mar 09 6 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales Ushuaia
2021 Mar 30 14 days, one-way from Pitcairn Island to Fakarava Atoll Easter Island $19660
2021 Apr 12 7 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Fakarava Atoll Papeete
2021 Apr 13 7 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Fakarava Atoll Papeete $8487
2021 Apr 20 14 days, one-way from Fakarava Atoll to Fatu Hiva Island Rangiroa Atoll $16876
2021 May 03 7 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Fakarava Atoll Papeete
2021 May 04 7 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Fakarava Atoll Papeete $8484
2021 May 11 7 days, one-way from Fakarava Atoll to Bora Bora Island Rangiroa Atoll
2021 May 17 6 days, one-way from Rangiroa Atoll to Hiva Oa Island Papeete
2021 May 18 6 days, one-way from Rangiroa Atoll to Hiva Oa Island Papeete $8485
2021 Jun 10 21 days, one-way from Seward to Nome Seward $27988
2021 Jul 01 11 days, one-way from Nome to Seward Nome $17823
2021 Jul 01 12 days, one-way from Nome to Seward Nome $17823
2021 Jul 13 21 days, one-way from Seward to Nome Seward $27980
2021 Aug 03 13 days, round-trip 13 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome
2021 Aug 03 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17834
2021 Aug 15 13 days, round-trip 13 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome
2021 Aug 15 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17827
2021 Nov 19 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia
2021 Dec 09 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15403
2021 Dec 19 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $16991
2021 Dec 29 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $16982
2022 Jan 08 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15399
2022 Jan 18 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15391
2022 Jan 28 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15395
2022 Feb 07 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia
2022 Feb 27 7 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales Ushuaia

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