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Since its launch in 2004, when Orion Expedition Cruises introduced its first ship Orion, it has become the leading expedition cruise operator in Asia Pacific. The introduction of Orion II in 2011 doubled the capacity and the opportunities to introduce guests to new, and in many cases, unique experiences in ‘untouched’ amazing destination_blogs. The company is anxious to operate in an environmentally friendly manner by designing itineraries in partnership with the communities to be visited; in some cases visiting areas with little or sometimes without any tourism experience.

 Explore in a ‘civilised’ Manner

Experts on the areas share their knowledge with regular presentations on board and also travel ashore with guests. Guests board zodiacs from a marina platform on the ships which takes them on each day’s excursions and adventures, to explore remote areas with the minimum of disturbance.

Fleet of two unique specialist ships

Orion is a 5 star Modern Luxury Expedition ship, carrying 106 guests, purpose built to explore the inaccessible. Itineraries include: The Kimberley region of Australia, the Australian Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and the Sub Antarctic, Melanesia, the Spice and Forgotten Islands and Antarctica.

In May 2011, another similar 100 passenger luxury all-suite ship was launched called Orion II. Based in South East Asia offering a wide range of expeditions that include the Russian Far East – also known as the “land of ice and fire”; Borneo, home to the orang-utan; a novel way of visiting Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia (including a visit to Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument); and the tranquil Inland Sea of Japan.

What’s on board?

All staterooms and suites are finished to a high standard with all the facilities now expected in the luxury market; including flat screen TV – DVD – CD, Internet access and marble bathrooms.

Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms of various sizes ranging from 175 sq ft to 345 sq ft. Accommodation onboard Orion II comprises 50 Suites (all suites) varying in size from 215 sq ft to 260 sq ft.

Other facilities include a health spa with gymnasium, beauty salon, sauna, sun deck Jacuzzi, a stern marina platform, library with internet access, lounges with audio-visual equipment, boutique and swimming platform.

 Wine and Dine in Style

Dining is a very relaxed affair with a single sitting free of table assignments, or guests can dine al fresco – guests also have the option of taking a buffet breakfast or lunch at the outdoor café without missing the spectacular scenery. A partnership with Serge Dansereau of Sydney’s ‘The Bathers’’ Pavilion ensures a gourmet dining experience using quality produce sourced locally. The fine wine list with selections from Europe, Australia and New Zealand includes vintages from lesser known wineries

Eco- friendly statement from the company

The destination_blogs visited by Orion have some of the most pristine and sensitive wilderness areas on our planet, with little or no infrastructure to support visits by hundreds of people at one time. Understanding this, Orion Expedition Cruises has a social responsibility to develop a marine tourism blueprint that is sustainable, one that is at the forefront of eco-sensitivity and a benchmark for internationally recognisable and environmentally sound operating practices.

Please ask for more details and find out more about the amazing itineraries that are on offer with this unique expedition cruise line.

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Contact Simon at Designer Travel  Tailor-made Holidays & Cruises

All details quoted are thought to be correct at time of posting but are always subject to confirmation at time of booking.

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