National Geographic Orion

Former name: MS Orion

National Geographic Orion current position

National Geographic Orion current location is at Indonesia (coordinates -3.09097 S / 157.43856 E) cruising at speed of 11.7 kn (22 kph/ 13 mph) en route to MANILA. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Specifications of National Geographic Orion

Year built2003  /  Age: 19
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderCassens Werft GmbH (Emden, Germany)
Engines (power)MAK (2.4 MW / 3218 hp)
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)103 m / 338 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
OwnerLindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc (via Lindblad Expeditions Holdings LLC)
OperatorLindblad National Geographic Cruises (via Fillmore Pearl Cayman Gp LTD)

National Geographic Orion Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Sep 04 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Society Islands and Tuamotus Cruise Papeete
2022 Sep 14 15 days, one-way from Papeete to Lautoka Papeete
2022 Sep 14 14 days, one-way from Papeete to Lautoka Papeete $15159
2022 Sep 24 15 days, one-way from Sorong to Honiara Sorong $22196
2022 Sep 24 15 days, one-way from Sorong to Honiara Sorong $22185
2022 Sep 29 11 days, one-way from Lautoka to Honiara Lautoka
2022 Sep 29 11 days, one-way from Lautoka to Honiara Lautoka
2022 Sep 30 14 days, one-way from Papeete to Lautoka Papeete $15169
2022 Oct 09 17 days, one-way from Honiara to Benoa Honiara $19485
2022 Oct 09 17 days, one-way from Honiara to Benoa Honiara $19486
2022 Oct 27 10 days, one-way from Benoa to Singapore Benoa
2022 Nov 20 10 days, one-way from Singapore to Benoa Singapore $13531
2022 Nov 20 10 days, one-way from Singapore to Benoa Singapore $13529
2022 Nov 20 10 days, one-way from Singapore to Benoa Singapore $13525
2022 Nov 29 17 days, one-way from Benoa to Honiara Benoa $19484
2022 Nov 29 17 days, one-way from Benoa to Honiara Benoa $19476
2022 Nov 30 17 days, one-way from Benoa to Honiara Benoa $19477
2022 Dec 16 17 days, one-way from Benoa to Honiara Benoa $19472
2022 Dec 17 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15156
2022 Dec 17 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15167
2022 Dec 17 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15157
2022 Dec 30 18 days, one-way from Auckland to Dunedin Auckland $29368
2022 Dec 30 18 days, one-way from Auckland to Dunedin Auckland $29376
2023 Jan 15 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fiordland National Park Auckland
2023 Jan 15 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fiordland National Park Auckland
2023 Jan 17 18 days, one-way from Dunedin to Auckland Dunedin $31439
2023 Jan 17 18 days, one-way from Dunedin to Auckland Dunedin $31440
2023 Jan 27 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fiordland National Park Auckland $19707
2023 Feb 04 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fiordland National Park Auckland $20689
2023 Feb 04 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fiordland National Park Auckland $19704
2023 Feb 04 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fiordland National Park Auckland $20685
2023 Feb 18 10 days, one-way from Fiordland National Park to Auckland Fiordland National Park $20295
2023 Feb 18 10 days, one-way from Fiordland National Park to Auckland Fiordland National Park $20294
2023 Feb 28 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15604
2023 Feb 28 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15163
2023 Feb 28 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15619
2023 Mar 13 11 days, one-way from Honiara to Lautoka Honiara $13379
2023 Mar 13 11 days, one-way from Honiara to Lautoka Honiara $12989
2023 Mar 13 11 days, one-way from Honiara to Lautoka Honiara $13388
2023 Mar 22 14 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $15917
2023 Mar 23 15 days, one-way from Papeete to Lautoka Papeete $15918
2023 Mar 24 14 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $15926
2023 Apr 06 14 days, one-way from Papeete to Easter Island Chile Papeete $21288
2023 Apr 06 14 days, one-way from Papeete to Easter Island Chile Papeete $21275
2023 Apr 20 14 days, one-way from Easter Island Chile to Papeete Easter Island Chile $21686
2023 Apr 20 14 days, one-way from Easter Island Chile to Papeete Easter Island Chile $21684
2023 May 05 4 days, one-way from Papeete to Bora Bora Island Papeete $6060
2023 May 10 4 days, one-way from Papeete to Bora Bora Island Papeete $6054
2023 May 15 8 days, one-way from Papeete to Hiva Oa Island Papeete $12107
2023 May 26 8 days, one-way from Hiva Oa Island to Papeete Hiva Oa Island $12108
2023 Jun 04 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Pearls of the Pacific Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise Papeete $12360
2023 Jun 14 15 days, one-way from Papeete to Lautoka Papeete $15912
2023 Jul 10 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $11156
2023 Jul 10 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $11160
2023 Jul 20 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $11149
2023 Jul 20 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $11151
2023 Jul 30 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $11142
2023 Jul 30 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $11153
2023 Aug 09 14 days, one-way from Broome WA to Benoa Broome WA $15611
2023 Aug 09 14 days, one-way from Broome WA to Benoa Broome WA $15607
2023 Aug 22 10 days, one-way from Benoa to Singapore Benoa $13946
2023 Sep 23 10 days, one-way from Singapore to Benoa Singapore $13931
2023 Sep 23 10 days, one-way from Singapore to Benoa Singapore $13949
2023 Oct 02 9 days, one-way from Benoa to Sorong Benoa $12679
2023 Oct 02 9 days, one-way from Benoa to Sorong Benoa $12665
2023 Oct 11 15 days, one-way from Sorong to Honiara Sorong $21544
2023 Oct 11 15 days, one-way from Sorong to Honiara Sorong $21549
2023 Oct 27 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15609
2023 Oct 27 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15620
2023 Nov 09 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fiordland National Park Auckland $20300
2023 Nov 09 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fiordland National Park Auckland $20295
2023 Nov 23 10 days, one-way from Fiordland National Park to Auckland Fiordland National Park $20289
2023 Nov 23 10 days, one-way from Fiordland National Park to Auckland Fiordland National Park $20293
2023 Dec 03 18 days, one-way from Auckland to Dunedin Auckland $30243
2023 Dec 03 18 days, one-way from Auckland to Dunedin Auckland $30249
2023 Dec 21 18 days, one-way from Dunedin to Auckland Dunedin $30259
2023 Dec 21 18 days, one-way from Dunedin to Auckland Dunedin $30257
2024 Jan 08 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fiordland National Park Auckland $20289
2024 Jan 08 11 days, one-way from Auckland to Fiordland National Park Auckland $20282
2024 Jan 22 10 days, one-way from Fiordland National Park to Auckland Fiordland National Park $20296
2024 Jan 22 10 days, one-way from Fiordland National Park to Auckland Fiordland National Park $20300
2024 Feb 01 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15611
2024 Feb 01 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15612
2024 Feb 14 11 days, one-way from Honiara to Lautoka Honiara $13390
2024 Feb 14 11 days, one-way from Honiara to Lautoka Honiara $13376
2024 Feb 24 15 days, one-way from Papeete to Lautoka Papeete $15618
2024 Feb 25 14 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $15600
2024 Mar 10 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Pearls of the Pacific Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise Papeete $12108
2024 Mar 20 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Pearls of the Pacific Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise Papeete $12119
2024 Mar 30 4 days, one-way from Papeete to Bora Bora Island Papeete $6060
2024 Apr 04 4 days, one-way from Papeete to Bora Bora Island Papeete $6066

National Geographic Orion Review

Review of National Geographic Orion

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

The vessel (IMO number 9273076) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311603000) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

The 100-passenger ship Nat Geo Orion is a luxurious boat, fully stabilized, with an ice-class hull that allows navigation in polar regions as well access to the smallest harbors.

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 travel vacation as active explorers. Lindblad cruise ships sail unique destinations to explore out-of-the-way inlets, making Zodiac landings and looking for wildlife.

Decks and Cabins

National Geographic Orion has 7 decks (3 with cabins) and total 53 staterooms, all of which are Outside and with either portholes or picture 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.

Itineraries

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.

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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.

As a true expedition cruise ship, National Geographic Orion has staffed a full-time physician, 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 (2018-built).

Nat Geo Orion has max draft 4 m (13 ft) and a powerplant based on MAK marine diesel engines (model MAK8-M25) with total output 2400 kW. The vessel (yard/hull number 236) was constructed by Cassens Werft in Emden Germany.

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