National Geographic Orion accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. She is spacious and modern, equipped with the latest technology, and engineered for maximum comfort and safety. She offers a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape, including an observation lounge at the very top of the ship and plentiful outside decks.
The atmosphere on board is friendly and informal, with the focus on the exceptional experiences she brings to her guests.The roomy lounge is the heart of Orion's community of expeditioners, suited for spirited cocktail hours, informative presentations and the nightly tradition of 'Recap'. Both the main dining room and outside buffet easily accommodate all guests at once for open seating dining. On selected nights, weather permitting, the dining room menu is also available on the outside deck.
While Orion interiors are elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing. And you'll find shipboard services like laundry, in-room cabled internet, and public-area wifi make packing and travelling more convenient.
Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. A shallow draft plus bow and stern thrusters enable the ship to manoeuver close to shore. 14 Zodiacs ensure quick disembarkation for up-close exploration. There is also a glass-bottom Zodiac enabling clear viewing for those who prefer to stay dry.
The ship meets strict specifications for environmental protection, and the on board waste management systems meet stringent Antarctic operational standards.