National Geographic Orion – 2015 Last Season


See bottom of page for deck plan and cabin photos

Length: 103m Passengers: 102
Accommodation: A range of Staterooms, each with Ensuite
Kimberley Season: May-Aug Features: Jacuzzi, health spa, sauna, sun deck
KCC Comment: National Geographic adventure expeditions. Internationally registered ship, all Kimberley expeditions make an operational stop in East Timor.


Special Offer Book a 2015 Orion expedition and receive RETURN FLIGHTS AND 1 NIGHT accommodation for only $499 per person! Choose between one night at The Vibe, Darwin waterfront OR one night at the luxurious Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa in Broome. Return flights from major Australian cities.


***Maximum price covered for return flights is $1000 per person*** Special for new bookings only, made from 7 July 2015. CANNOT be combined with any other special offer – such as cruise discount or free accommodation. Valid for 2015 and 2016 expeditions. Offer ends 31 Dec 2015, may be retracted prior to that date. Vibe – Studio Room. Cable Beach Club – Garden View Room. Room upgrades available at additional cost. Based on twin share cabin bookings. Credit card payment fees may apply. ***Maximum price covered for return flights is $1000 per person***

On board National Geographic Orion

Designed and purpose built in Germany in 2003 specifically for expedition travel, National Geographic Orion was created from the outset to explore the far corners of the Earth in complete self-sufficiency.

Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, 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 provide the convenience of being able to maneuver close to shore. 14 Zodiacs ensure quick disembarkation and offer the ideal transport for up-close exploration.

Her public rooms include a dramatic window-lined main lounge and library, as well as an observation lounge perched at the very top of the ship, plentiful observation decks. The spacious lounge is the heart of our expedition community, and is suited for spirited cocktail hours, informative presentations and our nightly tradition of Recap. In addition, a dedicated theater provides a unique setting for specialist presentations or films and slideshows. Both the main dining room and outside buffet easily accommodate all guests at once for open seating dining. On selected nights, weather permitting, our dining room menu is also available on the outside deck.


National Geographic Orion accommodates 102 guests in 53 staterooms. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape.

All accommodations are outside, and most cabins feature oversized picture windows that connect you with the passing views. Double occupancy cabins come in a variety of configurations, including two single beds, two beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed, and queen-sized beds.

National Geographic Orion’s spacious cabins offer a large desk, with ample drawer space. All offer a comfortable armchair or sofa for reading. Cabins designed for solo travellers are similar to double occupancy cabins, and feature the same amenities.

Individual climate control is available in every cabin. Reading lamps above the bed allow for a focused beam of light to ensure your neighbor sleeps undisturbed.

Orion’s balcony cabins feature a “French Balcony” with a large sliding glass door opening to a Juliette Balcony that provides easy access to exceptional views. Her balcony and owner’s suites are radiant spaces with expansive windows or glass sliding doors, and offer a living room-style area appointed with a couch that converts to accommodate a third person.

Each cabin has a flat panel TV with several channels: for movies; for documentaries; and one for displaying the ship’s electronic chart system with the ship’s current position. Other channels allow you to view presentations from the comfort of your cabin, or to follow progress on the crow’s nest camera. A public address system keeps you alerted to the daily activities, including any wildlife sightings such as an early morning whale or dolphin sighting.

Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall. They are stocked with environmentally-inspired bath products and shower gel, cotton towels, and cozy white robes. Beds are cossetted in duvets and crisp cotton sheeting.

Orion B Stateroom

B Stateroom / Category 1

Averge area 175sq ft or 16.3sqm

The Oceanview Staterooms are located on Deck 3. Relax in your sitting area with tub chair in a 175sq ft* room with a large oval window.

Orion B Stateroom

B Stateroom / Category 1 Solo – Sole Occupancy

Averge area 175sq ft or 16.3sqm

The Oceanview Staterooms are located on Deck 3. Relax in your sitting area with tub chair in a 175sq ft* room with portholes.

Orion A Stateroom

A Stateroom / Category 2

Average area 180sq ft or 16.7sqm

These nicely appointed Oceanview A Staterooms are situated on deck 3. The average room size is 180 sq ft*, all with large oval windows and a comfortable sitting area with tub chair.

Orion Junior Suite

Category 3 / Junior Suite

Average area 218sq ft or 20.3sqm

Located on deck 4, there are eighteen Junior Suites. These generously sized 218 sq ft* Suites offer lots of storage space and feature a comfortable two-seater sofa in the sitting area. They also contain a large rectangular window (except JS418 & JS419 which have large oval windows.

Orion Junior Suite

Category 3 / Junior Suite – sole occupancy

Averge area 218sq ft or 20.3sqm

Located on deck 5, there is 1 sole occupancy Junior Suite with fixed twin bedding. This suite offers lots of storage space and feature a comfortable two-seater sofa in the sitting area. It also contains a large rectangular window.

Orion Deluxe Suite

Category 4 / Deluxe Suite

Averge area 230sq ft or 21.4sqm

The two Deluxe Oceanview Suites occupy up to 230 sq ft* in area on Deck 5. An open living room with a two-seater sofa and large rectangular window lets you relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view after a day of exploration.

Orion Balcony Suite

Category 5 / Balcony Suite

Average area 230sq ft or 21.4sqm

The six luxurious Balcony Suites are also on Deck 5, they have an open living room with a total average area of 230 sq ft*. The Suite affords floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening onto a private French Balcony allowing you to take in the sea breeze.

Orion owners suite

Category 6 / Owners Suite

Average area 345sq ft or 32.1sqm

Orion’s four Owner’s Suites are located on Deck 5 with three unique configurations. They contain a beautifully appointed bedroom and separate living room (except 502). These cabins have a French balcony (except suite OS509 which has two large rectangular windows). Owners Suite 502 has the living room space incorporated into the bedroom. Please note – bath facilities in Owners Suites may present some difficulties for less mobile guests as the shower is over the half tub (excluding 502 which has separate bath and shower facilities).

* Average area of room size.
orion deckplan