Lindblad Expeditions : National Geographic Orion
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Designed and purpose-built specifically for expedition travel, National Geographic Orion was created from the outset to explore the far corners of the Earth in complete self-sufficiency. You'll encounter wild and beautiful islands, intriguing cultures and history, and explore the kaleidoscopic reefs of the South Pacific while enjoying the superb amenities, exploration tools, and engaging expedition team of the National Geographic Orion. Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar and ice-strengthened double hull. She can accommodate 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.
Dining 
After a day of exploring, guests can relax in the comfort of the Galaxy or Leda Lounge, sharing the day's stories over a classic cocktail or chilled champagne, and enjoy the anticipation of another evening of fine dining. Dining is an integral part of your expedition experience, with influences and flavors that reflect the regions you'll be exploring. Much of the food prepared aboard is sourced locally whenever possible from sustainable providers. Seating is open and the dining style aboard is relaxed and casual.


Outdoor Café
The outdoor café is the choice for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner on selected evenings. The café offers al fresco dining for buffet breakfast and lunch. On warm evenings you may enjoy the same menu and service as presented in the restaurant. Weather permitting, every expedition features the signature dinner buffet or themed barbecue on selected nights.

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Explore the Ship 
National Geographic Orion is a perfectly sized ship with a warm and intimate feeling, yet large enough to offer a variety of public spaces. Depending on your mood, there are places that gratify the need for sociability and places that reward your desire for contemplative time.


Lounge
Centrally located, the lounge and cocktail bar is the hub of social life aboard, comfortably seating all guests at once. Lounge seating is arranged to provide good views of the center podium, with multiple large monitors on the surrounding walls ensuring optimal views of presentations and sessions with naturalists and expedition leaders. Large windows line two sides of the room, so guests who gravitate to the lounge to read or use their laptops during the day won’t miss the dramatic views. The bar is inviting and casual, a perfect spot to have a cappuccino before or after activities. A variety of beverages are available for purchase including beer, cocktails, spirits, and wines by the glass or bottle.


Outdoor Bar
Located high on the ship, the outdoor bar is a pleasant place to congregate and enjoy a cocktail while searching the horizon for marine mammals. In polar climates, heaters above the bar can be activates.


Theater
The state-of-the-art theater with surround-sound is the scene for themed presentations by the expedition team. All guests are comfortably accommodated in armchair-style seating.


Library
You'll find commanding views and comfortable leather armchairs in the library. A wide range of books run the gamut from fiction to regional guides, and reference books on the wildlife and region you're exploring, as well as board games and cards. A laptop with internet access is available for those who haven't brought their own.


Observation Lounge
Located high atop Orion, the intimate observation lounge affords stunning 270o views. Early riser breakfast and afternoon tea are both served here. With panoramic windows running the entire length of this lounge, you'll feel as if you're almost floating above the ship while spectacular scenery dramatically unfolds outside.


Sundeck
You'll find padded teak steamer chairs beside the jacuzzi spa, affording you a relaxing spot to read a book or simply doze in the sun. You'll find an ample supply of large beach towels close by.


Wellness
From early morning yoga or stretching on deck or in the lounge, to massages and face, hand or body treatments inspired by the location, the wellness specialist onboard will help you achieve a more relaxed and revitalized state of being.


Gymnasium
With sweeping ocean views, the gymnasium is equipped with the following LifeFitness equipment: a step machine, a treadmill, a cross trainer, two bicycles, free weights, and exercise mats.


Health Spa
The Health Spa offers a unisex dry sauna, the gymnasium is equipped with cardio vascular exercise machines and a range of massage/spa treatments are available.


Jacuzzi
A jacuzzi spa is located on the sundeck. In warmer climates you'll find the spa affords a cool dip, doubling as a plunge pool.

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Tools for Exploration 
Lindblad believes that travelers don't want to be passive tourists and expeditions foster active engagement. Orion is equipped with tools for exploration, allowing you to get out there for up-close forays, and let you see a little deeper into the marine or terrestial environments surrounding you. She has a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks for intimate encounters with wildness and wonder; complete snorkel gear for the entire guest contingent, plus SCUBA gear for 24 divers; and a state-of-the-art ROV to provide guests with even more in-depth perspective on the South Pacific's vibrant ocean environments.


Zodiacs
Orion carries Zodiac landing crafts, allowing the entire expedition community to get out, and engage in activities quickly, comfortably, and safely. Widely regarded as the most robust watercraft available, they can run up on sandy shores and push through pack ice.


Kayaks
Orion is equipped with a fleet of kayaks, and prior kayaking experience isn't necessary. Many guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch.


Underwater Camera
The undersea specialist will dive many days of your expedition, even in Antarctica, with almost 200 pounds of gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment.


Remotely Operated Vehicle
Capable of reaching 1,000-feet, far beyond the range of any SCUBA diver, the ROV allows guests to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. By sharing videos of potentially new species with scientists, such as a large worm captured in the Weddell Sea by their specialist, Lindblad actively contributes to science. Chances are you will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean.


Video Microscope
Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building blocks of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding images of a krill's body, at 80x magnification, fills the plasma screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of an otherwise unobservable creature.


Crow's Nest Camera
Perched high atop the vessel on the ship’s mast, this camera provides a continual view on the outside world that can be seen on your cabin TV. You’ll get a unique perspective on your surroundings.


Hydrophones
These underwater microphones are deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback.


Electronic Charts
An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is always on display on a dedicated channel on your cabin TV.


Snorkeling Equipment
On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, and fins that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.


Expedition Photography
There will be a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on every departure, a key benefit in Lindblad's alliance with National Geographic, and their exclusive Expedition Photography program. Each photo instructor is a veteran naturalist who has been specially selected and trained by Lindblad and National Geographic photographers to assist you with camera settings, the basic elements of framing and composition, and to provide shooting tips in the field.

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