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Specifications of National Geographic Orion
|Year built||2003 / Age: 18|
|Builder||Cassens Werft (Emden, Germany)|
|Owner||Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc|
|Operator||Lindblad National Geographic Cruises|
|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|
|Decks with cabins||5|
|Former names||MS Orion|
National Geographic Orion Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Mar 09||6 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales||Ushuaia|
|2021 Mar 09||7 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales||Ushuaia||$10782|
|2021 Mar 09||11 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales||Ushuaia||$16227|
|2021 Mar 30||14 days, one-way from Easter Island to Papeete||Easter Island||$19678|
|2021 Apr 12||6 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll||Papeete|
|2021 Apr 13||6 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll||Papeete||$8480|
|2021 Apr 20||14 days, one-way from Rangiroa Atoll to Papeete||Rangiroa Atoll||$16869|
|2021 May 03||6 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll||Papeete|
|2021 May 04||6 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll||Papeete||$8483|
|2021 May 12||6 days, one-way from Rangiroa Atoll to Papeete||Rangiroa Atoll|
|2021 May 17||6 days, one-way from Papeete to Hiva Oa Island||Papeete|
|2021 May 18||6 days, one-way from Papeete to Hiva Oa Island||Papeete||$8482|
|2021 Jun 10||21 days, one-way from Seward to Nome||Seward||$27985|
|2021 Jul 01||11 days, one-way from Nome to Seward||Nome||$17832|
|2021 Jul 01||12 days, one-way from Nome to Seward||Nome||$17834|
|2021 Jul 13||21 days, one-way from Seward to Nome||Seward||$27989|
|2021 Aug 03||12 days, round-trip 12 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise||Nome||$17824|
|2021 Aug 03||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||$17834|
|2021 Aug 15||13 days, round-trip 13 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise||Nome|
|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||$15406|
|2021 Dec 19||10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise||Ushuaia||$16982|
|2021 Dec 29||10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise||Ushuaia||$17000|
|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||$15408|
|2022 Jan 28||10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise||Ushuaia||$15399|
|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|
National Geographic Orion Review
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 and 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.
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.
In late-September 2020, Lindblad announced plans to deploy National Geographic Orion in French Polynesia starting operations in January 2021 with roundtrips from homeport Papeete Tahiti. Soon followed an announcement about NatGeo Orion's 14-day Japan coastal voyage (departure Sept 15, 2021) with prices from USD 20800 pp (double occupancy). A second (13-day Japan and Taiwan) voyage departs on Sept 28, with prices from USD 19320 pp.
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.
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.
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 Endeavour, Endeavour 2, Explorer, Islander, Sea Bird, Sea 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.
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