Technically and aesthetically, the M/V 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.
Length: 103 meters
Beam: 14.25 meters
Draft: 3.82 meters
Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic
Gross Tonnage: 4,000
Engine: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP
Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots.
Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers
Maneuverability: Bow and stern thrusters
Delivery Date: November 2003
Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany
Staterooms and Suites: 53
Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy)
Classification: Lloyds Register 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT
Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, and those governing shipping to the Antarctic and Arctic regions. Orion fully meets the stringent regulations required to operate in Australia and New Zealand coastal waters.
Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders
Communications:Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system.
Images courtesy of Orion Expeditions
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