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.
Room types on the Orion
Marble bathroom are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door. All cabins have well-placed reading lamps, a flat screen TV and climate controls.
Category 1: Main deck cabins toward the bow feature a luminous oval window, an armchair and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed or a queen size bed.
Category 1S: Main deck solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed (except for #301, which has a double bed), writing desk and chair.
Category 2: Main deck cabins at mid-ship feature a luminous oval window, an armchair and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed.
Category 3: Upper deck suites feature a sitting area with a large window, a sofa (except slightly smaller suites #401 & #402) an armchair or two and writing/laptop desk. Beds are configurable.
Category 3S: This solo suite on the bridge deck features two beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and small table.
Category 4: Two deluxe suites on the bridge deck feature separate sleeping and sitting areas and a large window with a chair and armchair and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable.
Category 5: Spacious bridge deck suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors opening to a shared French balcony. Beds are configurable. A sitting area has arm chairs and a sofa and a writing/laptop desk.
Category 6: Large, elegant bridge deck suites feature a French balcony (with the exception of #509 which has double windows). Each provides a separate living area with a sofa and two arm chairs (except for #502, which uniquely offers a soaking tub with a view in addition to a shower stall and expansive vanity).