National Geographic Orion
Operated by: Lindblad Expeditions
Built and engineered in Germany in 2003 for maximum comfort and safety, National Geographic Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilisers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. A shallow draught plus bow and stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to maneuver close to shore. 14 Zodiacs ensure quick disembarkation and offer the ideal transport for up-close exploration. Best of all, Orion is equipped with a glass-bottom Zodiac that enables remarkably clear, gratifying observations of the undersea for those who prefer to stay dry.
National Geographic Orion accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.
Owner's Suite (Category 6)
SIZE:32m2 / 345sqftSLEEPS:2
These large, elegant suites feature a French balcony, with the exception of #509 which has double windows. Each provides a separate living area with a sofa and two arm chairs, except for #502, which uniquely offers a 'soaking tub with a view' in addition to a shower stall and expansive vanity. All cabins have reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Suite with French Balcony (Category 5)
SIZE:21m2 / 230sqftSLEEPS:2
These spacious suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors opening to a shared French balcony. Beds are configurable between twin and double. A sitting area with arm chairs and a sofa, a writing/laptop desk, well-placed reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the decor. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Deluxe Suite (Category 4)
SIZE:21m2 / 230sqftSLEEPS:2
These two suites feature separate sleeping and sitting areas, with a chair and armchair and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable between twin and double. Ample storage, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Suite with Window (Category 3)
SIZE:20m2 / 218sqftSLEEPS:2
These suites feature a sitting area with a large window, a sofa - except slightly smaller #401 & #402 - an armchair or two, writing/laptop desk, reading lamps, flat screen TV, & climate controls. Beds are configurable between twin and double. Marble bathrooms include a spacious shower stall with a glass door. The main lounge is the social heart of the ship, on this deck, along with the outdoor cafÃ© where breakfast and lunch are served.
Main Deck Stateroom (Category 2)
SIZE:18m2 / 195sqftSLEEPS:2
These staterooms feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized, and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door. Dinner is served in the dining room, located on this deck.
Main Deck Stateroom (Category 1)
SIZE:18m2 / 195sqftSLEEPS:2
These staterooms feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door. Dinner is served in the dining room, located on this deck.
Single Traveller Suite (Category 3S)
Single Traveller suite (Category 1S)
SIZE:15m2 / 160sqftSLEEPS:1
These single traveller staterooms feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed, except for #301 which has a double bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a roomy shower stall with a glass door. Dinner is served in the dining room, located on this deck.
After your day exploring, you can relax in the comfort of National Geographic Orion’s main or observation lounges, share your day’s stories with convivial company over a classic cocktail, an ice cold beer, or chilled champagne and enjoy the anticipation of another evening of fine dining. The degustation menus are created by one of Australia’s renowned international chefs, Serge Dansereau, principal of Sydney’s The Bathers’ Pavilion. Serge has created a selection of fantastic menus, while Orion’s executive chef and team have also been busy in the galley creating a delicious companion menu using the best and freshest seasonal produce - a winning combination. Dining is an integral part of your expedition experience, with influences and flavours that reflect the region. Much of the food prepared aboard is sourced locally whenever possible from sustainable providers and we endeavor to always use seafood that is sustainably caught or raised.
Seating is open, allowing you to choose where to dine, and table sizes range from two to 12. And the style is relaxed and casual - there’s never a need to dress up. More than opportunities to eat well, mealtimes are also opportunities to engage in the diversity of the expedition community - to join or be joined by naturalists, guest speakers, ship’s officers, and fellow guests for stimulating and entertaining conversation.
Orion’s adventurous spirit is also reflected in our selection of New World Australian, New Zealand, North American, and European wines: vintages from exceptional lesser-known wineries complement our range of familiar labels and wine styles.
Breakfasts are designed to set you up for a day of physical and mental activity. Hearty and always healthy, with a seasonal selection of fruit and yogurts, freshly baked breads and pastries, cheeses, cold cuts, and freshly made omelets to order. An early riser continental breakfast is served as well, and many guests choose to take their coffee and morning pastries out on deck.
Lunch is a favorite on-deck experience, perhaps accompanied by a beer or glass of wine, perfect for a more relaxed afternoon, and is usually served buffet-style on the outside deck (weather permitting), with salads and both hot and cold buffet choices available. Regardless whether a meal is buffet-style or served tot he table, the gracious wait staff is always present to attend your every need.
National Geographic Orion is small enough to maintain a warm and intimate feeling, yet large enough to offer a variety of public spaces, plus plenty of nooks and crannies. Depending on your mood, there are shipboard places that gratify the need for sociability, from large gatherings to quiet conversations with newfound friends. And places that reward your desire for contemplative time, to read in quiet or simply stare peacefully at the sea or shoreline.
Centrally located, the lounge and cocktail bar is the hub of social life aboard Orion, comfortably seating all guests at once. Lounge seating is arranged to provide good views of the central podium; and multiple, state-of-the-art monitors on the surrounding walls ensure optimal views of presentations, slideshows, and videos.
Located high atop Orion, the intimate observation lounge and library affords stunning 270º views. Early riser breakfast and afternoon tea are both served here. With panoramic windows running the entire length of this lounge, you’ll feel as if you’re almost floating above the ship while spectacular scenery dramatically unfolds outside. A wide range of books run the gamut from fiction to regional guides, and reference books on the wildlife and region you’re exploring. Two photo kiosks are also available.
On the sun deck you'll find padded teak steamer chairs beside the jacuzzi, affording you a relaxing spot to read a book or simply doze in the sun. You'll find an ample supply of large beach towels close by. And, with sweeping ocean views, the fitness centre is equipped with the following LifeFitness equipment: a step machine, a treadmill, a cross trainer, two bicycles, free weights, and exercise mats.
When it's time for adventure, National Geographic Orion really comes into its own. Shore excursions are undertaken aboard a fleet of 14 zodiacs, the most robust watercraft available, they can run up on sandy shores and push through pack ice. A new addition to the Orion fleet of tenders is a glass bottom zodiac for coral viewing. Kayaks are also available for guest use. The use of hydrophones, underwater cameras and remotely operated vehicles add to the adventure.