National Geographic Orion

The National Geographic Orion was crafted in Germany in 2003 and, in a similar way to National Geographic Explorer, has been specifically designed to take you into the icy wilderness of Antarctica. She has an ice-strengthened hull to make light work of the ice fields that she may encounter and a shallow draft that allows her to push on further towards any shoreline. All of this means that you can be taken as close to the action as possible on your Antarctic adventure and the journey there will be offer no problem to this great ship.

As you would expect, comfort and safety are a major focus and so state of the art stabilisers, sonar and radar are all in place to give you peace of mind, whilst a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere on board, combined with the freedom to come and go as you please in casual clothing, mean that all there is left for you to do is enjoy the fantastic experience. The décor also helps to create a laid-back environment and the modern design is very pleasing on the eye.

As there is a need to preserve all of the locations that are visited, Lindblad have worked hard to ensure this ship is compliant will all the necessary regulations. The waste management systems meet the strict requirements needed to visit the immaculate areas of Antarctica, whilst other technological advancements mean that care is taken towards the environment below the surface of the water as well as that above it.


  • There are 53 cabins on board the National Geographic Orion which can cater for a maximum of 102 guests. All of the cabins on offer also include the following features:
  • Outside positioning, allowing for ocean views
  • Large picture windows that offer an excellent perspective of the passing scenery (not available in all rooms)
  • Varied configuration of beds with a choice between queen-sized and two singles
  • Large desk with draws
  • Comfortable armchair or sofa
  • Reading lamps
  • Individual climate control
  • TV with a choice of channels showing movies and documentaries
  • Spacious bathroom with towels, robes and toiletries
  • Public address system to keep you informed of the day’s events and spontaneous wildlife sightings
  • Hair dryer
  • Personal safe
  • Fridge
  • Ample storage space
  • Internet access via an Ethernet cable*
  • French doors opening onto a ‘Juliet Balcony’ (only in balcony and owner’s suites)            

On Board Facilities

In addition to the facilities that you will receive inside your cabins, there are also a number of public areas and amenities that you are free to explore during your trip. These include:

  • A main restaurant where you can enjoy delicious food created by top Australian chef Serge Dansereau and prepared by executive cooks.
  • Two lounges (the Galaxy and the Leda) where you can relax and enjoy a drink whilst conversing with other travellers. Presentations and lectures are also held here which either recap the day’s events, set out what tomorrow will bring or educate you on a certain component of your destination.
  • A lecture theatre which is also used for themed presentations by the expedition experts.
  • An outdoor café where you can enjoy your breakfast, lunch and (sometimes) dinner if the weather permits.
  • A library stocked with resources specific to the part of the world you are in.
  • An observation lounge offering stunning views of your enthralling surroundings in comfort.
  • Mudroom which can be used when changing in and out of your expedition gear.
  • Elevator to help you navigate the six decks.
  • Sundeck for catching a few rays or enjoying the external environments from up on high
  • Sauna, gymnasium and spa* to ensure you are as relaxed as you wish to be and give you the opportunity to exercise if you wish.
  • A whirlpool hot tub, offering a luxurious touch to a thoroughly modern ship.
  • A laundry* service which will pick up and drop off your clothes directly to and from your cabin.
  • Medical centre

Possible Activities

  • Zodiac trips to shore
  • Kayaking
  • Receive a bird’s eye view of where you are headed via the crow’s nest camera.
  • See and hear the beauty of the deep with the aid of specially filmed underwater footage and hydrophones which record unusual sounds made my marine animals.

*will incur additional charges.

National Geographic Orion Expeditions