National Geographic Orion

Former name: MS Orion

National Geographic Orion current position

National Geographic Orion current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 33.71493 N / -118.14464 W) cruising en route to LONG BEACH, ANCHOR.. The AIS position was reported 8 minutes ago.

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Specifications of National Geographic Orion

Year built2003  /  Age: 18
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
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 $17839
2021 Aug 15 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Exploring Russias Far East and Wrangel Island Cruise Nome $17827
2021 Aug 27 22 days, one-way from Nome to Niigata Nome $31987
2021 Sep 19 12 days, one-way from Niigata to Kobe Niigata $20806
2021 Oct 01 11 days, one-way from Kobe to Keelung Kobe $19327
2021 Oct 17 10 days, one-way from Hai Phong Hanoi to Saigon Hai Phong $14466
2021 Nov 19 10 days, one-way from Singapore to Benoa Singapore $13258
2021 Nov 19 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia
2021 Nov 29 17 days, one-way from Benoa to Honiara Benoa $19096
2021 Dec 09 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia
2021 Dec 19 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia
2021 Dec 23 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Milford Sound Marina Auckland $19314
2021 Dec 29 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia
2022 Jan 04 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Milford Sound Marina Auckland
2022 Jan 08 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia
2022 Jan 16 18 days, one-way from Auckland to Dunedin Auckland $28783
2022 Jan 18 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia
2022 Jan 28 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Journey to Antarctica The White Continent Cruise Ushuaia
2022 Feb 03 18 days, one-way from Dunedin to Auckland Dunedin $28797
2022 Feb 07 20 days, round-trip 20 Night Antarctica South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Cruise Ushuaia
2022 Feb 21 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Milford Sound Marina Auckland $19314
2022 Feb 27 7 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales Ushuaia
2022 Mar 15 14 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $15161
2022 Mar 16 14 days, one-way from Papeete to Lautoka Papeete $15153
2022 Mar 17 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15169
2022 Mar 30 11 days, one-way from Honiara to Lautoka Honiara $12981
2022 Apr 08 14 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $15162
2022 Apr 23 7 days, one-way from Papeete to Bora Bora Island Papeete $8484
2022 Apr 30 7 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Papeete Bora Bora Island $8486
2022 May 07 14 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Papeete Bora Bora Island $16861
2022 May 22 4 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Papeete Bora Bora Island $5875
2022 May 27 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Pearls of the Pacific Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise Papeete $11768
2022 Jun 06 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Pearls of the Pacific Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise Papeete $11757
2022 Jun 16 4 days, one-way from Papeete to Bora Bora Island Papeete $5878
2022 Jun 21 4 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Papeete Bora Bora Island $5881
2022 Jun 26 10 days, one-way from Papeete to Hiva Oa Island Papeete $11765
2022 Jul 06 9 days, one-way from Hiva Oa Island to Papeete Hiva Oa Island $11768
2022 Jul 16 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Pearls of the Pacific Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise Papeete $11756
2022 Jul 26 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Pearls of the Pacific Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise Papeete $11767
2022 Aug 05 4 days, one-way from Papeete to Bora Bora Island Papeete $5878
2022 Aug 10 4 days, one-way from Bora Bora Island to Papeete Bora Bora Island $5877
2022 Aug 15 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Pearls of the Pacific Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise Papeete $11767
2022 Aug 25 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Pearls of the Pacific Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise Papeete $11761
2022 Sep 04 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Pearls of the Pacific Exploring the Society and Tuamotu Islands Cruise Papeete $11762
2022 Sep 14 14 days, one-way from Papeete to Lautoka Papeete $15164
2022 Sep 30 14 days, one-way from Papeete to Lautoka Papeete $15166
2022 Oct 09 17 days, one-way from Honiara to Benoa Honiara $19473
2022 Oct 25 17 days, one-way from Honiara to Benoa Honiara $19483
2022 Nov 20 10 days, one-way from Singapore to Benoa Singapore $13536
2022 Nov 30 17 days, one-way from Benoa to Honiara Benoa $19470
2022 Dec 16 17 days, one-way from Benoa to Honiara Benoa $19471
2022 Dec 17 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15162
2023 Jan 15 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Milford Sound Marina Auckland
2023 Jan 27 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Milford Sound Marina Auckland $19706
2023 Feb 04 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Milford Sound Marina Auckland $19693
2023 Feb 28 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Honiara Auckland $15155
2023 Mar 02 14 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $15170
2023 Mar 13 11 days, one-way from Honiara to Lautoka Honiara $12991
2023 Mar 22 14 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $15168

National Geographic Orion Review

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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.

History - construction and ownership

The 106-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.

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.

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.

Lindblad National Geographic Orion cruise ship

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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