Welcome, National Geographic Orion!
I have long considered the National Geographic fleet of ships the ‘gold standard’ of expedition cruising. With more than 25 years of exploratory and innovative voyages, these terrific trips have become increasingly popular and finding availability can sometimes even be a challenge. So I was thrilled to learn a new ship has been added to their fleet. Welcome National Geographic Orion!
Operating previously as the Orion this luxurious expedition ship, carrying 102-passengers, is the perfect addition to the National Geographic family of ships, and offers a lineup of new and exciting itineraries including Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Australia’s Kimberley region, and Antarctica.
The National Geographic Orion was designed for the express purpose of taking casual explorers to the planet’s remote, wild places in superb accommodations. Engineered for maximum comfort, luxury and safety, and equipped with the latest technology, her shallow draft, plus bow and stern thrusters, enable her to maneuver closer to shore than most vessels her size. In addition to the standard compliment of Zodiac landing craft, sea kayaks, and underwater Remote Operated Vehicle (R.O.V), each trip will be accompanied by a certified National Geographic photographer, a dedicated undersea specialist, and staffed by some of the greatest lecturers and naturalists in the field. Many of the new itineraries offered in 2014 and beyond will be led by veteran Expedition Leaders Tim Soper and Linnea Sjoberg, who are unquestionably two of the “best in the business”.
Below are links to a few of the exciting voyages scheduled for 2014. Discover ancient Stone Age cultures in Papua New Guinea, as well as the remote and beautiful islands of Vanuatu and the Solomons. Explore the spectacular coral gardens of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the remote paradise islands of Micronesia. Sail through the Spice Islands of Indonesia on a voyage between Bali and Singapore, or journey across the South Pacific to Easter Island. Or travel south to The Great White Continent of Antarctica, and discover the wildlife rich island of South Georgia.
Whichever destination you choose, it surely promises to be the trip of a lifetime!