National Geographic Orion

Former name: MS Orion

National Geographic Orion current position

National Geographic Orion current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 33.71478 N / -118.14401 W) cruising en route to LONG BEACH, LA. The AIS position was reported 7 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion current cruise is 11 days, one-way from Nome to Seward. Prices start from USD 17341 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 05 Jul, 2020 and ends on 16 Jul, 2020.

Date / TimePort
05 Jul    Departing from Nome, Alaska hotels
07 Jul    Provideniya, Chukotka Russia
09 Jul - 10 Jul    St Paul Island AK, Pribilof Islands, Alaska
11 Jul    Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island
11 Jul    Aleutian Islands, Alaska
12 Jul    Unga Island, Alaska
13 Jul    coastal cruising
14 Jul    Kodiak Island, Alaska
15 Jul    Kenai Fjords, Alaska
16 Jul    Arriving in Seward, Alaska hotels

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 Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Jul 05 11 days, one-way from Nome to Seward Nome $17341
2020 Jul 05 12 days, one-way from Nome to Seward Nome $17341
2020 Jul 17 21 days, one-way from Seward to Nome Seward $27447
2020 Aug 07 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17504
2020 Aug 07 13 days, round-trip 13 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome
2020 Aug 19 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17501
2020 Aug 19 13 days, round-trip 13 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome
2020 Aug 31 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17502
2020 Aug 31 13 days, round-trip 13 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17498
2020 Oct 01 6 days, one-way from Nuku Hiva Island to Papeete Nuku Hiva Island
2020 Oct 07 14 days, one-way from Papeete to Easter Island Papeete
2020 Oct 28 8 days, one-way from Puerto Natales to Ushuaia Puerto Natales $10790
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 $10771
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 $15250
2020 Dec 19 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $16556
2021 Jan 08 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15256
2021 Jan 18 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15260
2021 Jan 28 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia $15245
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 $26495
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

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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).

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