National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
National Geographic Orion in Antarctica / Lindblad Expeditions
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Hot Tub
Hot Tub / Lindblad Expeditions
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Observation Lounge and Library
Observation Lounge and Library / Lindblad Expeditions
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Fitness Center
Fitness Center / Lindblad Expeditions
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Lounge / Lindblad Expeditions
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Cabin / Lindblad Expeditions
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National Geographic Orion

Our Ship Review
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Built in 2003 and purchased by Lindblad Expeditions in 2014, National Geographic Orion exudes as much charm and comfort as an old-school expedition ship can. Carrying just 102 guests, it offers lots of amenities for a ship of its size with numerous lounges and outdoor spaces geared to watching the scenery and conversing with fellow passengers. Deployed in the South Pacific and along Australia’s Kimberley Coast, as well as in the Mediterranean in summer, National Geographic offers enrichment-focused journeys that explore each destination deeply.

What We Love

Public Spaces:  Whether it's plucking a book from the library, attending a video presentation in the theater, or heading to the spa and fitness room or the aft hot tub, there are plenty of ways to amuse yourself when not exploring in port — which is not always the case on a small ship.

Handsome Cabins: The cabins and suites have a maritime theme with wood paneling and marble-clad bathrooms. Some offer balconies, others glass sliding doors if not double portholes or large picture windows.

Best Known For

Enrichment Staff: Education and exploration are key to the Lindblad experience. Veterans of the business, the company has curated an expedition team that's well-versed, entertaining, and enthusiastic about the regions you're cruising. 

Varied Itineraries: Besides some perennially popular destinations, Lindblad also operates some unusual routes that are offered infrequently to provide more choice for the company's very loyal clientele and for off-the-beaten-track adventurers.

Who It's Best For

Adults Yearning to Learn: The ship’s itineraries are so diverse, delving into the complexities of the natural world and European civilizations. These destinations beg for you to arrive with an open, inquiring mind.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Lots of Talks: Expect frequent presentations, discussions, and recaps. Sometimes, all the discourse may feel like too much but when you experience how the topics are approached, it's hard not to be engaged and intrigued.