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 with 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 (175 or 180 square feet)
Category 1S: Main deck solo cabins with a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed (except for #301, which has a double bed), writing desk and chair (175 square feet)
Category 2: Main deck cabins at mid-ship with 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. (180 square feet)
Category 3: Upper deck suites have 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. (210-220 square feet)
Category 3S: Solo suite on the bridge deck with two beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and small table (175 square feet)
Category 4: Two deluxe suites on the bridge deck with separate sleeping and sitting areas, plus a large window with a chair and armchair, and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable. (230 square feet)
Category 5: Spacious bridge deck suites with open living areas and sliding glass doors onto a shared French balcony. Beds are configurable. A sitting area has arm chairs and a sofa and a writing/laptop desk. (230 square feet)
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. (345 square feet)