With a shallow draught and a hull strengthened against ice, National Geographic Orion is a versatile ship equally at home in the tropical archipelagos of the Pacific and chilly polar seas.
As the newest member of the fleet, it boasts the most up-to-date facilities and guests are assured of a rewarding experience. Part of this versatility comes in the equipment carried by the ship, which includes kayaks and motorised landing craft, meaning that passengers can negotiate the shallowest of lagoons; snorkels and diving equipment are also available.
There’s no shortage pampering amenities available to guests either, including spa treatments and a hot tub, alongside just 53 well-appointed cabins that support a capacity of 102, and plenty of public space, contributing to a spacious atmosphere.
Food and Drink
1 Dining Room and 1 Bar
1 hot tub, Lecture theatre
There might be just one restaurant on the Orion, but the cuisine is an ever-changing feature, with ingredients picked up at the ports along the way and recipes inspired by the location. Seating is unassigned, allowing guests plenty of opportunity to mingle with each other and permanent expedition members, and in fine weather, meals are also served on the sundeck.
With a state-of-the-art lecture room, there is ample opportunity for guests to absorb information from experienced members of National Geographic’s expedition; less formal talks also take place nightly in the lounge.
The LEXSpa offers massages and other body treatments, while there is a sauna next door. For those looking for less dry heat, an outdoor whirlpool sits next to the sundeck.
The jungles of Borneo and Papua, the tropical beaches and reefs of Fiji – there’s plenty to do wherever you disembark. The Orion makes all of this easier by providing diving equipment, a variety of landing craft and more, bringing equipment to the destination rather than relying upon local facilities.