National Geographic Orion

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Specifications of National Geographic Orion

Year built2003  /  Age : 15
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderCassens Werft (Emden, Germany)
OwnerLindblad Expeditions
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

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 & 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.

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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.

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 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.

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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). On board guests can also find a LEX Spa, mud room, sauna, spa treatment rooms, hot tub/plunge pool and a fitness room.

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  • 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.
  • The boat's namesake is Viking Ocean-owned cruise liner Viking Orion (launched 2018).

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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
2018 May 25 14 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka$18093
2018 May 30 14 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$19119
2018 Jun 08 7 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll Papeete$8872
2018 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals Papeete$8872
2018 Jun 22 14 days, round-trip Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas Papeete$18093
2018 Jul 06 7 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll Papeete$8872
2018 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals Papeete$8872
2018 Jul 20 7 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll Papeete$8872
2018 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals Papeete$8872
2018 Aug 03 7 days, one-way from Papeete to Rangiroa Atoll Papeete$8872
2018 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals Papeete$8872
2018 Aug 17 14 days, round-trip Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas Papeete$18093
2018 Sep 02 13 days, one-way from Papeete to Easter Island Papeete$20757
2018 Oct 31 7 days, one-way from Puerto Natales to Buenos Aires Puerto Natales$16084
2018 Oct 31 7 days, round-trip Patagonia: Chilean Fjords & Staten Island Valparaiso$10328
2018 Nov 07 20 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Valparaiso$27450
2018 Nov 27 10 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Valparaiso$15878
2018 Dec 07 10 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Valparaiso$15878
2018 Dec 17 10 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Valparaiso$17146
2018 Dec 27 10 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Valparaiso$17146
2019 Jan 06 10 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Valparaiso$15878
2019 Jan 26 10 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Valparaiso$15878
2019 Feb 05 10 days, round-trip Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Valparaiso$15878
2019 Feb 15 20 days, round-trip Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Valparaiso$27450