Technically and aesthetically, the National Geographic Orion
is among the most sophisticated vessels in its class. Constructed by one of the world's leading shipbuilders, Cassens Shipyard in Emden, Germany, and launched in November 2003, Orion
boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion
is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and caliber of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion
's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship. Guest capacity numbers approximately 100 guests, all cared for in intimate, 5-star comfort by a crew of 75.
2016/2017 Itinerary, Dates & Fees
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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
The ultimate Southern ocean experience, this expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of tens of thousands of individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. You’ll have other rare sightings here too: massive, in both senses of the word, herds of elephant seals: and a wandering albatross stretching its 11-foot wings. It’s the impossible beauty of Antarctica exponentially increased by unimaginable numbers of animals. A not-be-missed polar experience, for those with the luxury of time.
Please note the following itineraries start and end in Santiago, Chile:
- Nov 6-29, 2016 ($23,100-$44,550)
- Nov 26-Dec 19, 2016 ($23,100-$44,550)
- Jan 25-Feb 17, 2017 ($23,100-$44,550)
- Feb 14-Mar 9, 2017 ($23,100-$44,550)
Discover a profusion of life on our first-ever circumnavigation of the Falklands. Hike the landscape to view rockhopper, Magellanic & king penguins, and a massive breeding colony of over 150,000 breeding pairs of albatross. See 8,000-pound bull elephant seals in dramatic battles for territory and the world’s rarest—and some say most aggressive—raptor, the striated caracara, known locally as the Johnny rook. Meet the islanders, many of whom have become friends of our expedition team, in the capital of Stanley and outer settlements, for an insider perspective on their lives in this remote locale.