National Geographic Orion

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The National Geographic is a floating luxury base camp from which to explore Antarctica. It’s small, exclusive and exceptionally kitted out for polar expeditions.

The Orion is the newest addition to the National Geographic/Lindblad fleet. Designed and built in 2003 using decades of top-notch expedition experience, she’s a true masterpiece fit for far-flung Antarctica adventures. An ice-class vessel with an ice-strengthened hull, the Orion can navigate deep into the polar passages of Antarctica, guaranteeing you an Antarctica adventure that stands out from the crowd. Accommodating only 102 passengers in 53 cabins, she is slight, sleek and social.

The atmosphere on board is welcoming, relaxing and exclusive all at once, with open seating at meals and menus conceived by one of Australia’s best known chefs. All of the cabins are luxuriously appointed and facing outward to the open seas, promising breathtaking vistas throughout your journey. Such elegant expedition vessels are hard to come by, but as Antarctica cruise ships go, Orion has it all.

Antarctica Cruise Ship Highlights

  • Dramatic window-lined main lounge
  • Outdoor cafe and bar
  • Restaurant serving international cuisine
  • Sun deck
  • State-of-the-art lecture theatre
  • Library
  • Boutique
  • Mud room with lockers for expedition gear
  • Sauna
  • Fitness room
  • Hot tub/plunge pool
  • Kayaks
  • Fleet of motorised Zodiacs
  • Observation lounge
  • ROV video equipment allowing access to underwater world
  • Snorkelling and diving gear
  • “Open Bridge” policy
  • Full-time doctor
  • Underseas specialist
  • Photography instructor
  • Internet access

The National Geographic Orion Deck Plan

Please click here for a full deck plan of this Antarctica cruise ship.

The National Geographic Orion is an irresistibly intimate Antarctica cruise ship, accommodating just 102 expeditioners in 53 spacious outside cabins. All of these cabins are luxuriously appointed with sweeping sea views and some feature private balconies.

STANDARD CABIN AMENITIES

All of the cabins aboard the National Geographic Orion feature the following amenities:

  • Windows with ocean views
  • Private facilities
  • Climate controls
  • Internet access for your private laptop
  • Flatscreen TV with DVD/CD player
  • Hairdryers
  • Bathrobes
  • Umbrella
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe

There are seven categories of cabin aboard this Antarctica ship, featuring the following amenities:

cruise-antarctica-ng-orion-cabin-1-2CATEGORY 01 (6 cabins available):

These cabins on the Main Deck feature an oval window and two single beds that can be converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed (call for details). You’ll find an armchair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Bathrooms are generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall.

CATEGORY 02 (14 available):

These roomy cabins on the Main Deck feature an oval window and two single beds that can be converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed (call for details). You’ll find an armchair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall.

Cruise-antarctica-ng-orion-category-3-cabinCATEGORY 03 (20 available):

These cabins are wonderful Suites on the Upper Deck, with a comfortable sofa in the sitting area, a large window and plenty of storage. They have a variety of bed configurations (call for details) plus a writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Modern bathrooms are generously sized with roomy glass-walled shower stall.

CATEGORY 04 (2 available):

These two Deluxe Suites on the Bridge Deck feature separate sleeping and sitting areas with a two-seater sofa that looks out a large rectangular window. Beds are configurable. You’ll find storage, climate controls, reading lamps, a TV. Modern bathrooms are generously sized with roomy glass-walled shower stall.

Cruise-antarctica-ng-orion-cat-5CATEGORY 5  (6 available):

These spacious Balcony Suites on the Bridge Deck feature open living areas and sliding glass doors that open to a private French balcony. Beds are configurable, and you’ll find sitting chairs or a couch, a writing desk, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. The bathroom is spacious and has a glass-walled shower.

CATEGORY 6 (4 available):

These large, Owner’s Suites on the Bridge Deck feature a balcony (Cabin 509 does not have a balcony), a spacious bathroom with a large shower and separate soaking tub with a window, and a large separate living area with a couch and two bucket chairs, plus climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV.

Cruise-Antarctica-ng-orion-cat-5-sittingCATEGORY 1S (3 available):

These 3cabins feature an oval window and two single beds that can be converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed (call for details). You’ll find an armchair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall.

CATEGORY 3S (1 available):

This Solo Suite  on the Bridge Deck features two beds and a large window, plus a bucket chair and small table, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. The bathroom is spacious and has a glass-walled shower.

Orion-Antarctica-Cruise-Zodiac-Olive-AndrewsThe National Geographic Orion is active almost all year round, sailing through remote waters all over the world. When it comes to cruising Antarctica, the Orion makes several trips per year, so there’s ample opportunity to grab one of the very coveted spaces on board the ship.

These are the cruises to Antarctica currently available aboard the National Geographic Orion:

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands – 22 days Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent – 12 days Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Finding it difficult to choose an Antarctica cruise? It’s not surprising considering the abundance of options available. Our expert team at Cruise Antarctica has compiled an extensive 18-page guide about cruising to Antarctica which we hope will help when it comes to making some decisions about your trip. You can download the guide completely FREE by submitting the form below:

 

Pricing guide: Category 1 Twin (lead in cabin with en suite) starts from AU$14,410pp for 14 days (Antarctic Peninsula) AU$24,920pp for 22 days (Peninsula + Falklands/South Georgia). Higher category cabins available, book early to avoid disappointment. Please get in touch with our team at Cruise Antarctica on 1300 654 861 for details.