National Geographic Orion

Lindblad Expeditions

AT A GLANCE

Elevators
Fitness Center
Hot Tub
Laundry/Dry Cleaning
Library
Showroom
Spa
Water Sports Platform

Ship Info

What's Included

Included

  • All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship's crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included

  • Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
2003
Tonnage
4000 Tons
Public Decks
5
Passenger Capacity
102
Crew
75
Registry
Information was not provided

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Very educational

By: Becky


Reviewed on: 07 May 2014

The ship and the service are outstanding.  The naturalist staff make Lindblad cruising special.  One always comes home with a lot of new knowledge.This was the inaugural cruise on the Orion.
Travel Advisor:  Tracy Lynch

Birthday trip

By: Former travel counselor


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2016

Good trip that could have been better organized. Time was sometimes wasted in getting to and from daily excursions. For instance, our last day which was in Skagen, our group walked for an hour to get to the art museum we were to visit, and an hour back to the ship. Should have had a bus take us to the museum so that we had more than an hour at the museum. A bus was used in the afternoon to take us on a very short shopping excursion, so buses were certainly available. I spent $50 Virtuoso credit for Internet service, which did not work. $50 wasted. Ship, food, and service were all outstanding. It was the daily excursions that should be better organized. We enjoyed all that we saw and did. Naturalists were great in every way.
Travel Advisor:  Randie Rosenberg

Lindblad NatGeo Iceland

By: Scoutpot@aol.com


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2017

The crew and staff of the Orion was excellent. The service was outstanding, the talks by the staff were informative. Cabins were kept very clean. The tours were well paced and set up in a way that you could as much as you liked. I would recommend the cruise line and tour.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Bastian

recent trip

By: Angus


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Actual time on the ship was excellent; service,& food and accomodations Some of the land transitions needed work with the land operators for timelyness. Local guides excellent. Overall the expedition team was good but there is room for improvement when they are on the bus trips. The trip however was not an expedition and many times we felt like we were on a bus trip....too many long bus rides with not outstanding results. There was a lack of free time on some of the stops.
Travel Advisor:  Geordie McDonald

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By: don't have one


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2017

very good nice ship
Travel Advisor:  Ellen Wyler

Lucky to have been a passenger on the Orion to Antarctica

By: Let Teddy Win


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2018

I would not travel to Antarctica with anybody but Lindblad Expeditions, and the intimate Orion would be my ship of choice every time. Lindblad pioneered Antarctic expeditions, and remains a step ahead of the pack. It starts with ships that were designed for expedition travel and continues with expedition leaders and naturalists who are the cream of the crop. Experts work for years to get chosen for Lindblad's crew, and it shows. Finally, there are the captains. There's no destination where the captain matters more than Antarctica, where conditions change rapidly and guests benefit from a captain who's knowledgeable, nimble, and obsessed with making the most of every trip for you. Other lines employ Russian sea captains who are notoriously rigid, but if you are lucky enough to book a trip on the Orion when Martin Graser is manning the helm, you are in for a treat as he works with the expedition leader to shift gears daily based on conditions, and looks for opportunities to delight.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Bemis

Indescribably Wonderful

By: Travel Nut Seattle


Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2018

Perfect. Second, and not the last Nat Geo/Lindblad adventure for us.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Larson

Antarctic

By: Bryce


Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2018

Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The Orion's captain and crew, and naturalists and photographers were excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Laila Smith

Tahiti

By: Richard


Reviewed on: 13 May 2018

The National Geographic Orion is one of Lindblad's newer ships. The cabins are first rate, the public areas and the open bridge policy is exceptional. The staff is very friendly and willing to help you with any request. If something is not to your liking they correct it promptly. I am looking forward to my next trip to somewhere with them that has not been decided upon by me.
Travel Advisor:  Bonnie Humble

S.S. Orion

By: Fred


Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2018

My wife and I had a wonderful time aboard the Orion. The crew was friendly and willing to help at every turn. The activities were mostly interesting and the only critique I have was on one tour of an island the bus/truck we were on did not have a microphone for the local guide and she was very hard to hear. Otherwise lectures on the ship were interesting and the tours were as well. Swimming activities were well planned and supervised. The food was plentiful and delicious and our cabin was comfortable.
Travel Advisor:  Deb Velli

Antarctica

By: ACMC


Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2019

The trip was amazing, from the captain, kitchen staff, naturalists and the ship. The experience was one we will remember all of our lives. We highly recommend the ship and the destination.
Travel Advisor:  Mark Simoes

Fantastic experience

By: Adi


Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2019

We have recently returned from our three week trip on Orion visiting the Antarctic Peninsular, South Georgia and the Falklands. It was an amazing experience and difficult to describe however the ship, staff and crew were faultless despite some poor weather. The food was exceptional and it was a real bonus having such knowledgeable naturalists and National Geographic photographers onboard.
Travel Advisor:  LynnDee King