National Geographic Orion
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National Geographic Orion: Explore the polar regions or small harbors in Europe
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.
Top highlights on this ship
- Top-flight experts on board on every voyage
- Fascinating itineraries on an intimate ship