The state-of-the-art National Geographic Orion, the newest addition to our fleet, 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 the South Pacific. The ship accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, each with windows facing the ocean, ensuite bathrooms, climate controls, internet access, and a flat-screen TV with DVD/CD player. Some cabins also have balconies. Single cabins in Category 1 and Category 3 include #301, 322, 323 and 512 and are highlighted in bright pink or bright blue on the deck plan.
Public areas include an outdoor café and bar for dining in the balmy air or under the stars amidst South Pacific backdrops, an indoor lounge and bar, a sundeck, a state-of-the-art lecture theater, a library, a boutique, a mud room with lockers for expedition gear, a sauna, a fitness room, spa treatment rooms, a hot tub/plunge pool, and a centrally located elevator. Our restaurant features international cuisine inspired by our ports of call and all meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables. Menus are designed by award-winning Sydney chef Serge Dansereau, owner of Sydney’s famed beachfront restaurant, The Bathers’ Pavilion. The ship is outfitted for both snorkelers and divers with scuba gear for all guests and dive gear for up to 24 guests; it carries 24 kayaks and a fleet of 14 Zodiac motorized landing craft; and it comes equipped with a remotely operated vehicle capable of 1,000 foot depth and sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world, plus a glass-bottom boat. Our "open bridge" policy provides guests the opportunity to meet the captain and officers and learn about navigation. An expedition leader, veteran naturalists, undersea specialist, divemasters, a National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic photo instructor, wellness specialist, video chronicler and a full-time doctor are part of every expedition team.
*Please note that snorkeling, swimming, diving, kayaking, and the remotely operated vehicle are not available for the Australia's Wild Northwest expedition. These activities are available for all other National Geographic Orion itineraries.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $7,260 in Category 1, and $10,150 in Category 3. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Economy airfare from Los Angeles to Palau and return from Darwin is $3,500 (subject to change).