Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic inaugurated its latest ship, The National Geographic Orion, in Auckland, New Zealand on March 21.
Following the inauguration ceremony, 102 guests embarked on the ship’s inaugural voyage to the South Pacific from New Zealand’s North Island to the Solomon Sea. The new ship features upgrades and exploration tools such as kayaks, a remote operated vehicle (ROV) that reaches depths of up to 984 ft., full snorkeling gear for passengers, a SCUBA program that accommodates up to 24 divers at a time with a dive master, a glass bottom boat, and additional Zodiacs. The expanded expedition team features a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and a video chronicler on all departures, as well as a specialist and dive master on many voyages. There will also be Global-Perspective guest speakers on select voyages.
This ship will be touring places such as Antarctica, South Georgia, New Guinea, the Indian Ocean, Bali, the Spice Islands, Australia, Tahiti, The Great Barrier Reef, Bali, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. For a full listing of itineraries and prices visit, expeditions.com/why-us/our-fleet/national-geographic-orion/itineraries/.
For more information, call (800) 397-3348 or visit expeditions.com.