National Geographic Orion

Polar Tracks Expeditions

National Geographic Orion

Luxury Expedition Cruise Vessel

About the Ship

Launched in 2003, the Orion is arguably one of the most technically and aesthetically sophisticated vessels in its class. Though custom built for expedition cruising, she exhibits the height of elegance with 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms with ocean views, room to relax, and marble appointed bathrooms.

She also offers a fitness center, health spa, whirlpool hot tub, sundeck, mudroom, theatre, and glassed-in observation lounge. Besides her exceptional comfort, Orion has a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices.

  • Guest Capacity: 102 (twin occupancy)
  • Crew: 75 plus Expedition Staff
  • Length: 103 metres
  • Draft: 3.82 metres
  • Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) with ice-reinforced hull
  • Speed: 12.5 knots
  • Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers
  • Built: 2003
  • Staterooms and Suites: 53
  • Elevator: Yes

Why We Like Her

  • SIZE

    Mega-yacht feel – with around just 50 couples on board she’s big enough to get lost in the crowd but small enough to have that expeditionary feel, plus all the bells and whistles of a state-of-the-art vessel run by one of the oldest expedition companies.


    Maneuverability - A shallow draft plus bow and stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to manoeuver deftly around icebergs, wildlife, and get close to shore.


    Inclusions - Free bar tab and gratuities mean you can enjoy your expedition to the fullest without worrying about any extra bill to pay at the end.

Photos of the Ship

Insider Advice

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