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  • National-Geographic-Orion-Category-4-Deluxe-Suite.jpg - Relax in your Category 4 Deluxe Suite aboard National Geographic Orion during your Lindblad Expeditions trip.
  • National-Geographic-Orion-at-sea.jpg - Enjoy a Lindblad Expedition sailing to Antarctica, the Arctic or Europe aboard National Geographic Orion.
  • National-Geographic-Orion-Dining-Room.jpg - Get recharged for the next day's adventure in National Geographic Orion's dining room on your Lindblad Expeditions trip.
  • national-geographic-orion-australia.jpg - National Geographic Orion and Zodiacs on the Hunter River in the remote Mitchell Plateau of Western Australia.
  • south-georgia-falklands-king-penguins.jpg - Think three's a crowd? A colony of king penguins greets visitors to Salisbury Plain on South Georgia during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • south-georgia-falklands-king-penguins-closeup.jpg - Two king penguins stand side by side in Salisbury Plain of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
  • courting-king-penguins.jpg - A couple of courting king penguins face each other in Gold Harbor, South Georgia, during a Lindblad Expedition.
  • wandering-albatross-and-rainbow.jpg - Two wandering albatrosses engage in a courtship display under a rainbow.
  • king-penguins-at-sunrise.jpg - Three king penguins walk in a line on the shore of St. Andrews Bay on South Georgia Island at sunrise.
  • gold-harbour-wildlife.jpg - Elephant seals and penguins announce who's in charge when visitors stop in at Gold Harbour on the island of South Georgia.
  • king-penguins-st-andrews-bay.jpg - A group king penguins gather at sunrise on the shore of St. Andrews Bay on  South Georgia during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • antarctic-seal-pups.jpg - Two Antarctic fur seal pups play at the abandoned whaling station at Grytviken during a Lindblad Expeditions visit.
  • stanley-falkland-islands.jpg - Visit Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands, while on a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • antarctic-seal-pup-closeup.jpg - An Antarctic fur seal pup lets out a bark in the waters of South Georgia island during a Lindblad Expeditions trip.
  • fur-seal-stromness-harbor.jpg - An Antarctic fur seal looks for its companions at Stromness Harbor on South Georgia.
  • gold-harbour-king-penguins.jpg - A visitor greets king penguins during a Lindblad Expeditions tour of Gold Harbour on South Georgia island,
  • south-georgia-fur-seal.jpg - An Antarctic fur seal shakes off the snow in Salisibury Plain, Bay of Isles, South Georgia.
  • penguins-fortuna-bay.jpg - A traveler hikes Fortuna Bay, South Georgia, amid a colony of penguins.
  • gold-harbour-elephant-seal-pups.jpg - Southern elephant seal pups play around in Gold Harbour, South Georgia, during a Lindblad Expeditions visit.
  • gold-harbour-elephant-seal-pups2.jpg - Southern elephant seal pups play in Gold Harbour on the island of South Georgia off South America.
  • salisbury-plains-penguins-surf.jpg - King penguins wade into the surf in the Salisbury Plain seas during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • south-georgia-king-penguins.jpg - King penguins walk along the shore at sunrise on South Georgia Island during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • lindblad-king-penguins-nest-beach.jpg - Travelers mingle with a large group of king penguins as they breed and nest on the beach in South Georgia.
  • falklands-rockhopper-penguins.jpg - Visitors encounter Southern rockhopper penguins  at the breeding and molting colony on West Point Island in the Falkland Islands.
  • hercules-bay-glacier.jpg - Lindblad Expeditions guests get incredible views of Hercules Bay.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-Adelie-penguins.jpg - Adult Adelie penguins plunge into Antarctica's frigid waters during a Lindblad expedition.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-Gentoo-Penguin.jpg -  A gentoo penguin looks skyward while standing on an iceberg during a Lindblad expedition in Antarctica.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-gentoo-penguins-2.jpg -  Young gentoo penguins trundle across a snow field in Antarctica during a Lindblad expedition.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-gentoo-penguins-chicks-parent.jpg -  A gentoo penguin parent with two chicks on Pleneau Island near the Antarctic Peninsula during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-gentoo-penguins.jpg - Kayakers in Antarctica take photos of gentoo penguins during a Lindblad Expeditions trip.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-Hiking-Adelie Penguin.jpg -  While hiking in Antarctica on a Lindblad expedition, have an up-close encounter with an Adelie penguin.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-hiking.jpg -  Go on an action-packed hike of Neko Harbor, Antarctica, during a Lindblad expedition.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-humpback-whale-tour.jpg - Adventure travelers on a Lindblad Expeditions trip see a humpback whale breach the surface near the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-humpback-whale.jpg - Travelers on a Lindblad Expeditions tour get a closeup look at a humpback whale near the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-iceberg-Adelie-penguin.jpg - A lone Adelie penguin shows off the size of a massive iceberg during a Lindblad expedition to Antarctica.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-kayaking-seal.jpg -  While kayaking on a Lindblad Expeditions trip to Antarctica, enjoy an up-close encounter with a crabeater seal.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-minke-whale.jpg - Guests on a Lindblad Expeditions tour spot a minke whale in Paradise Bay, Antarctica.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-Penguins.jpg - Penguins line up, single file, along the edge of the ice in Antarctica to watch travelers on a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-sunset.jpg - A tabular iceberg in Antarctica at sunset, seen during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Godafoss.jpg - A traveler photographs the magnificent Godafoss (Waterfall of the Gods) on the Sktalfandafljot River during a Lindblad Expeditions tour of Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Mud-Pits.jpg - Spot the boiling mud pits in the geothermal area of Krafla, Iceland, on a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Mud-Pits2.jpg - Observe the boiling mud pits in the geothermal area of Krafla, Iceland, on a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Mud-Pits3.jpg - Explore the Selfoss geothermal area and its boiling mud pits on a Lindblad Expeditions tour of Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Icelandic-Horses.jpg - See Icelandic horses close up during your visit to Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-puffin-lunch.jpg - A puffin grabs an Icelandic snack.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Perlan-Viewing-Deck.jpg - Get incredible views of downtown Reykjavik, Iceland, on the Perlan Viewing Deck during your Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Blue-Lagoon.jpg - Jump in the soothing, sparkling waters of the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa while taking a Lindblad Expeditions tour of Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Godafoss2.jpg - Take in the incredible sights when you visit the magnificent Godafoss Waterfall on a Lindblad Expeditions tour of Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Eruption.jpg - An eruption occurs at the original Geysir on the Golden Circle Route during a Lindblad Expeditions trip to Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Jokulsarlon-Glacier.jpg - Get incredible views of Iceland's stunning landscape and Jokulsarlon glacier by hiking up a surrounding hilltop on a Lindblad Expeditions adventure.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Natural-Arch-Basalt.jpg - Take a Zodiac boat cruise under a natural arch of basalt on a Lindblad Expeditions adventure.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Blue-Lagoon2.jpg - Take a swim in the soothing steamy waters of Iceland’s geothermal Blue Lagoon, with an average temperature of 100 degrees, during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Atlantic-Puffin.jpg - Get the bird-watching opportunity of a lifetime and spot Iceland's unique Atlantic puffin on a Lindblad Expeditions journey of Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Atlantic-Puffins.jpg - Spot Iceland's Atlantic puffin on a Lindblad Expeditions journey of Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Frafla-Volcano.jpg - Go on a scenic hike and view the frafla Volcano and Lake Mývatn during a Lindblad Expeditions adventure of Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Heimay-Father-Son.jpg - A father and son take photos in the beautiful flowered fields of Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Herring-Women-Museum.jpg - A group of women dress up as herring girls at the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, Iceland on a Lindblad Expeditions visit.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Icelandic-Horses3.jpg - Observe and interact with Icelandic horses while on your Lindblad Expeditions tour of Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Iceland-Black-Headed-Gulls.jpg - Two black headed gulls fly freely in the sky during a Lindblad Expeditions tour of Iceland.
  • Lindblad-Expeditions-Antarctica-Adelie-penguin-iceberg.jpg - An adult Adelie penguin trundles along on an iceberg in Antarctica during a Lindblad expedition.

National Geographic Orion: Explore the polar regions or small harbors in Europe

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Snapshot

The state-of-the-art National Geographic Orion, owned by Lindblad Expeditions since 2013, serves as a luxurious base camp for voyages to the far-flung corners of the planet. A fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, the Orion is at home navigating polar ice as well the small harbors of Europe. The ship accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins.

Public areas include an outdoor café, a lounge and bar, sun deck, high-tech lecture theater, library, boutique, mud room with lockers for expedition gear, sauna, fitness room, spa treatment rooms, hot tub/plunge pool and a centrally located elevator. The restaurant features international cuisine inspired by the ship's ports of call and all meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables.

The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft, as well as a remotely operated vehicle and sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. The Orion is also equipped with snorkeling and diving gear.  An "open bridge" policy provides guests the opportunity to meet the captain and officers and learn about navigation.  A full-time doctor, a video chronicler, an undersea specialist, a National Geographic photographer and a photography instructor are part of every expedition team.

Each cabin features ocean views, private facilities, climate controls, internet access and a flat-screen TV with DVD/CD player. Some cabins also have balconies.

Where National Geographic Orion sails

National Geographic Orion offers interesting itineraries to Scandinavia, the French Atlantic Coast, Basque Country, Argentina, Antarctica and the southern Mediterranean. 

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Get recharged for the next day's adventure in National Geographic Orion's dining room on your Lindblad Expeditions trip.
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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Adelie penguins
  • Where: Antarctica
  • Top-flight experts on board on every voyage
  • Fascinating itineraries on an intimate ship

Fast facts

102 Passengers [?]
75 Crew
5 Decks
2003 Maiden voyage
4,050 Tonnage [?]
337 Length in feet
46 Width in feet (max beam)
18 mph [?]

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