National Geographic Orion

Twin Tracks Expeditions

National Geographic Orion

Luxury Expedition Cruise Vessel

About the Ship

Launched in 2003, the Orion is arguably one of the most technically and aesthetically sophisticated vessels in its class. Though custom built for expedition cruising, she exhibits the height of elegance with 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms with ocean views, room to relax, and marble appointed bathrooms.

She also offers a fitness center, health spa, whirlpool hot tub, sundeck, mudroom, theatre, and glassed-in observation lounge. Besides her exceptional comfort, Orion has a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices.

  • Guest Capacity: 102 (twin occupancy)
  • Crew: 75 plus Expedition Staff
  • Length: 103 metres
  • Draft: 3.82 metres
  • Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) with ice-reinforced hull
  • Speed: 12.5 knots
  • Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers
  • Built: 2003
  • Staterooms and Suites: 53
  • Elevator: Yes

Why We Like Her

  • SIZE

    Mega-yacht feel – with around just 50 couples on board she’s big enough to get lost in the crowd but small enough to have that expeditionary feel, plus all the bells and whistles of a state-of-the-art vessel run by one of the oldest expedition companies.

  • CONVENIENCE

    Maneuverability - A shallow draft plus bow and stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to manoeuver deftly around icebergs, wildlife, and get close to shore.

  • INCLUSIONS

    Inclusions - Free bar tab and gratuities mean you can enjoy your expedition to the fullest without worrying about any extra bill to pay at the end.

Photos of the Ship

Antarctic Rates and Dates

Per Person USD Rates
2021-2022
Cat 1
Oval Window
Cat 2
Main Deck
Cat 3
Suite
Cat 4
Deluxe Suite
Cat 5
Balcony Suite
Cat 6
Owners Suite
Cat 1
Solo
Cat 3
Solo
CHARTER AIR
Total Solar Eclipse — Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands
Nov 17 - Dec 10, 2021 (24 days)
Photography
$26,600
Limited
$28,550
Limited
$30,770
Limited
$38,550
Limited
$44,450
Limited
$51,400
Limited
$39,890
Limited
$45,990
Limited
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Dec 07 - Dec 20, 2021 (14 days)
Photography
$15,400
Limited
$16,540
Limited
$18,420
Limited
$22,200
Limited
$25,400
Limited
$29,520
Limited
$22,990
Limited
$27,520
Limited
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Dec 17 - Dec 30, 2021 (14 days)
Photography
$16,990
Limited
$18,450
Limited
$20,420
Limited
$24,700
Limited
$28,250
Limited
$32,810
Limited
$25,650
Limited
$30,570
Limited
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Dec 27 - Jan 09, 2022 (14 days)
Photography
$16,990
Limited
$18,450
Limited
$20,420
Limited
$24,700
Limited
$28,250
Limited
$32,810
Limited
$25,650
Limited
$30,570
Limited
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 06 - Jan 19, 2022 (14 days)
Photography
$15,400
Limited
$16,540
Limited
$18,420
Limited
$22,200
Limited
$25,400
Limited
$29,520
Limited
$22,990
Limited
$27,520
Limited
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 16 - Jan 29, 2022 (14 days)
Photography
$15,400
Limited
$16,540
Limited
$18,420
Limited
$22,200
Limited
$25,400
Limited
$29,520
Limited
$22,990
Limited
$27,520
Limited
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 26 - Feb 08, 2022 (14 days)
Photography
$15,400
Limited
$16,540
Limited
$18,420
Limited
$22,200
Limited
$25,400
Limited
$29,520
Limited
$22,990
Limited
$27,520
Limited
Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands
Feb 05 - Feb 28, 2022 (24 days)
Photography
$26,600
Limited
$28,550
Limited
$30,770
Limited
$38,550
Limited
$44,450
Limited
$51,400
Limited
$39,890
Limited
$45,990
Limited
Patagonia: Staten Island and Chilean Fjords
Feb 25 - Mar 08, 2022 (12 days)
Photography
$10,940
Limited
$11,740
Limited
$12,950
Limited
$15,280
Limited
$17,810
Limited
$20,310
Limited
$16,310
Limited
$19,320
Limited

Insider Advice

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