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Orion Expedition Cruises

Orion Expedition Cruises

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Orion Expeditions

Orion Expedition Cruises is a 5 star luxury holiday. They journey into locations of Papua New Guinea that larger ships can not access and they can also bring you ashore for day excursions. The cruise experience is enhanced by the fact that you will be guided by qualified leaders in every aspect of history, nature and culture, so that you will receive their expert knowledge and guidance for an amazing adventure.

Orion Cruises

These expeditions will show you each day another aspect to this amazing culturaly diverse country and it's fantastic scenery that is unique to Papua New Guinea. The people still honour and warship their spirits and magic eventhough the colonial missionaries have tried to change this over the centuries. Papua New Guinea has many languages and their diverse cultures will astound you. This country has many faces, from volcanic tropical fjords and the flooded crater that is Rabaul’s Simpson Harbour to pristine white sand beaches.


» Cruise Options - to Melanesia:


21 NIGHT PNG & THE ISLANDS OF VANUATU + SOLOMONS - Auckland to Cairns

2014 Departures - 21 March

Explore the world famous Bay of Islands in New Zealand before sailing to the historic penal settlement of Norfolk Island and picturesque Vanuatu. Experience the amazing Melanesian 'Ring of Fire' with a visit to the volcanic island of Tanna and an exciting evening excursion to the rim of the spectacularly active volcano, Mt Yasur. Then soak up the French flavour of Port Vila, Vanuatu. This unique itinerary will balance authentic cultural experiences with sheer relaxation and sights. Orion's unique cultural program gives guests a fascinating look at the traditions of the Polynesian people on the remote islands of Lo and Santa Ana and the opportunity to purchase fine carvings and original artworks. Enjoy the gentle sea breezes of Marovo Lagoon and snorkel extensive coral reefs. Voyage on to the Solomons with compelling memories of World War II, the mountainous green jungles of Papua New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef. We'll explore this wonder of the world from the remote Northern reaches to pristine Lizard Island, a jewel of the Reef in the Coral Sea. Orion's guests will enjoy a warm welcome at every destination, with plenty of music, uninhibited rhythmic dancing and singing. A paradise in every sense.

Melanesia Melanesia

Map of 21 Night PNG, Vanuatu and the Solomons


Expedition Fares: Ctgy Type Price - 2014
(AU$ per person)
  • Deluxe Stateroom B - Stateroom - $24,045
  • Oceanview Stateroom A - Stateroom - $27,905
  • Junior Suite JS - Junior Suite - $33,135
  • Deluxe Suite DS - Deluxe Suite - $36,270
  • French Balcony Suite BS - Balcony Suite - $43,280
  • Owners Suite OS - Owners Suite - $50,245
    Rates valid till 21 March 2014
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  • Day 1 - Auckland, New Zealand
  • Day 2 - Bay of Islands, NZ
  • Day 3 - At Sea
  • Day 4 - Norfolk Island
  • Day 5 - At Sea
  • Day 6 - Tanna Island
  • Day 7 - Port Vila & Lelepa, Vanuatu
  • Day 8 - Paradise Lagoon
  • Day 9 - South West Bay, Malukula, Vanuatu
  • Day 10 - Lo Island, Torres Islands
  • Day 11 - Santa Ana
  • Day 12 - Honiara & Tulagi, Nggella, Solomon Islands
  • Day 13 - Marovo Lagoon
  • Day 14 - Kennedy Island, Solomon Islands
  • Day 15 - Buka and Exploring, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
  • Day 16 - Kitava, The Trobriands, Papua New Guinea
  • Day 17 - Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea
  • Day 18 - At Sea
  • Day 19 - Thursday Island & Cape York, Australia
  • Day 20 - Orion Reef, Australia
  • Day 21 - Lizard Island, Australia
  • Day 22 - Cairns, Australia



13 NIGHT EXOTIC MELANESIA - Cairns to Fiji

2014 Departure - 05 November

Travelling aboard the National Geographic Orion, embark on a voyage to the islands of Melanesia, home to palm-fringed beaches, azure lagoons and some of the richest marine habitats in the world. Explore the dazzling wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, where you may snorkel and dive from a private pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef, and explore via a semi-submersible vessel. Then sail east through the Coral Sea. In New Caledonia, soak up the local French-infused culture, hike through tropical forests and encounter a kaleidoscopic swirl of brilliantly coloured fish at the world's second-longest barrier reef - a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Fiji's idyllic lagoons, beaches, coral reefs and sun-drenched villages. Witness a traditional kava ceremony in Fiji and encounter colourful Melanesian traditions.

Melanesia Melanesia

Map of 13 Night Exotic Melanesia


Expedition Fares: Ctgy Type Price - 2014
(AU$ per person)
  • Deluxe Stateroom B - Stateroom - $12,550
  • Oceanview Stateroom A - Stateroom - $14,540
  • Junior Suite JS - Junior Suite - $17,305
  • Deluxe Suite DS - Deluxe Suite - $18,945
  • French Balcony Suite BS - Balcony Suite - $22,610
  • Owners Suite OS - Owners Suite - $26,270
    * Prices are valid till 05 November 2014
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  • Day 1 - Cairns, Australia
  • Day 2 - Hardy Reef, Australia
  • Day 3 - Percy Island, Australia
  • Day 4 - Coral Reef, Australia
  • Day 5 - At Sea
  • Day 6 - At Sea
  • Day 7 - Poum, New Caledonia
  • Day 8 - Northern New Caledonia
  • Day 9 - Hienghne, New Caledonia
  • Day 10 - Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
  • Day 11 - At Sea
  • Day 12 - Yasawas, Fiji
  • Day 13 - Yasawas, Fiji
  • Day 14 - Laukota, Fiji


» Cruise Options - to Micronesia, Spice + Forgotten Islands:


10 NIGHT FORGOTTEN ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY - Bali to Cairns

2013 Departures - 28 November

On this unique Orion expedition, you'll have the opportunity to enhance your photographic skills in some of the world's most photogenic locations. This trip will be a floating masterclass with renowned professional photographer Nick Rains and cinematographer/photographer Pieter de Vries. Our route takes us from Bali along the trade routes of the early navigators and traders who opened up this new world of spices, gold and pearls. Every step of the way, you'll have the experience of these professional photographers to help you create stunning travel photography. Step back in prehistoric times when we explore Komodo, home of the fabulous dragons. The southwest corner of Maluku is virtually inaccessible, with unspoilt islands, fringing reefs and ancient cultures. Very few outsiders set foot here and a unique experience is guaranteed as we rediscover these forgotten islands. We voyage to Kisar with a heritage of 400 years of European history. You can capture the images of these ancient cultures, colourful ceremonies and the unique flora and fauna with the guidance of tutorials including camera operation, travel photography tips, printing and processing methods. After exploring Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, we will sail on to Cairns in Queensland where you will leave the expedition with a personal collection of creative travel photography.

Orion in the Spice Islands Spice Islands

Map of 10 Night Forgotten Islands

Expedition Fares: Ctgy Type Price - 2013
(AU$ per person)
  • Deluxe Stateroom B - Stateroom - $7,655
  • Oceanview Stateroom A - Stateroom - $8,890
  • Junior Suite JS - Junior Suite - $10,560
  • Deluxe Suite DS - Deluxe Suite - N/A
  • French Balcony Suite BS - Balcony Suite - $13,805
  • Owners Suite OS - Owners Suite - $16,035
    Rates valid till 28 November 2013
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  • Day 1 - Bali
  • Day 2 - Komodo
  • Day 3 - Komodo
  • Day 4 - Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Maluku
  • Day 5 - Kisar, Maluku
  • Day 6 - At Sea
  • Day 7 - At Sea
  • Day 8 - At Sea
  • Day 9 - Thursday Island, Torres Strait
  • Day 10 - Orion Reef
  • Day 11 - Cairns, Australia



19 NIGHT GREAT BARRIER REEF, PNG & MICRONESIA - Cairns to Palau, Micronesia

2014 Departures - 11 April

Board National Geographic Orion for an extraordinary voyage, combining some of the world's most beautiful islands from the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea to some of the most diverse swimming, snorkelling and diving areas of the South Pacific. World War II battle sites, shipwrecks, isolated coral atolls and remote island cultures far from the tourist mainstream. Island life here is meditative, close to nature and lived in harmony with the land and the sea. Visit outlying islands where visitors are a rarity, even today. Meet the Satawal men, a fascinating and mysterious group of traditional navigators who steer by the sun, stars, and ocean swells. Explore remote areas of Papua New Guinea, a patchwork of mountains and jungle, home to some 700 Papuan and Melanesian tribes, each with its own language. Join friendly villagers to absorb their rhythmic, traditional dances. From virgin forests and the unique birdlife of Sorol to the cultural traditions of Yap Island, the coral-smothered sunken ships of Chuuk Island and the great reef systems scattered across Micronesia, you will be enthralled as we explore this oceanic wonder. Palau, with its famed Rock Islands, is a fitting conclusion.

Great Barrier Reef Papua New Guinea

Map of 19 Night Great Barrier Reef, PNG and Micronesia


Expedition Fares: Ctgy Type Price - 2014
(AU$ per person)
  • Deluxe Stateroom B - Stateroom - $19,390
  • Oceanview Stateroom A - Stateroom - $22,580
  • Junior Suite JS - Junior Suite - $26,725
  • Deluxe Suite DS - Deluxe Suite - $29,195
  • French Balcony Suite BS - Balcony Suite - $34,755
  • Owners Suite OS - Owners Suite - $40,255
    Rates valid till 14 April 2014
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  • Day 1 - Cairns, Australia
  • Day 2 - Lizard Island, Australia
  • Day 3 - Orion Reef, Australia
  • Day 4 - Thursday Island & Cape York, Australia
  • Day 5 - At Sea
  • Day 6 - Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea
  • Day 7 - Kitava, The Trobriands, Papua New Guinea
  • Day 8 - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
  • Day 9 - At Sea
  • Day 10 - Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
  • Day 11 - At Sea
  • Day 12 - Chuuk Island, Chuuk State, Federates States of Micronesia
  • Day 13 - Pulap & Tamatam Islands, Chuuk State, Federates States of Micronesia
  • Day 14 - Satawal, Yap State, Federates States of Micronesia
  • Day 15 - Ifalik, Yap
  • Day 16 - Sorol, Yap
  • Day 17 - Yap Island, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia
  • Day 18 - Palau, Micronesia
  • Day 19 - Palau, Micronesia (Disembark)
  • Day 20 - Palau, Micronesia



14 NIGHT SPICE ISLANDS + THE CORAL TRIANGLE - Palau to Darwin

2014 Departures - 28 April

Scattered across the tropical seas like gems, the islands of eastern Indonesia are fringed with white-sand beaches, limestone pinnacles, and some of the most pristine coral reef systems in the world. The excitement is palpable as we sail south from Palau aboard National Geographic Orion. Marvel at the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, inscribed as a UNESCO site in 2012. With the flexibility of being ship-based, we take Zodiac forays into the islands, setting off to discover rich flora and fauna ashore in the jungle behind the whitest beaches you will ever see. We explore the Moluccas archipelago, once known as the Spice Islands, and land at Banda Neira to discover the legacy of the Dutch East India Company and wander through 400 years of European history.

Spice Islands Spice Islands

Map of 14 Night Spice Islands and the Coral Triangle

Expedition Fares: Ctgy Type Price - 2014
(AU$ per person)
  • Deluxe Stateroom B - Stateroom - $14,290
  • Oceanview Stateroom A - Stateroom - $16,635
  • Junior Suite JS - Junior Suite - $19,690
  • Deluxe Suite DS - Deluxe Suite - $21,505
  • French Balcony Suite BS - Balcony Suite - $25,610
  • Owners Suite OS - Owners Suite - $29,655
    Rates valid till 28 April 2014
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  • Day 1 - Palau, Micronesia (Hotel overnight)
  • Day 2 - Palau, Micronesia (Embark)
  • Day 3 - Palau, Micronesia
  • Day 4 - At Sea
  • Day 5 - Raja Ampat, Indonesia (overnight onboard)
  • Day 6 - Raja Ampat, Indonesia
  • Day 7 - Kokas & Arguni, Fak Fak, Indonesia
  • Day 8 - Kei Islands, Maluku
  • Day 9 - Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Maluku
  • Day 10 - Banda Run, Banda Islands, Maluku
  • Day 11 - Sangliat Dol, Yamdena, Maluku
  • Day 12 - Kisar, Maluku
  • Day 13 - Jaco Island, East Timor
  • Day 14 - At Sea
  • Day 15 - Darwin, Australia



16 NIGHT SPICE ISLANDS ADVENTURE - Bali to Cairns

2014 Departures - 20 October

Set sail from Bali aboard the National Geographic Orion, and discover Indonesia's rich tapestry of cultures and lush tropical islands. Experience the thrill of spotting rare ten-foot-long Komodo dragons in the wild and learn about the conservation of these remarkable creatures, voracious throwbacks to the Jurassic era. Take part in exuberant welcome ceremonies at the secluded villages we'll explore along the way. Discover the timeless traditions and exquisite art of the Asmat region while exploring its stilt villages by Zodiac. And cap off your journey swimming, snorkelling, and diving at spectacular reefs, isolated atolls, and ivory beaches from eastern Indonesia to the Great Barrier Reef.

Orion in the Spice Islands Komodo Dragons

Map of 16 Night Spice Islands Adventure

Expedition Fares: Ctgy Type Price - 2014
(AU$ per person)
  • Deluxe Stateroom B - Stateroom - $15,540
  • Oceanview Stateroom A - Stateroom - $18,025
  • Junior Suite JS - Junior Suite - $21,390
  • Deluxe Suite DS - Deluxe Suite - $23,405
  • French Balcony Suite BS - Balcony Suite - $27,925
  • Owners Suite OS - Owners Suite - $32,390
    Rates valid till 20 October 2014
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  • Day 1 - Bali
  • Day 2 - Sumbawa & Satonda
  • Day 3 - Komodo
  • Day 4 - Flores
  • Day 5 - Alor
  • Day 6 - Banda (overnight onboard)
  • Day 7 - Banda
  • Day 8 - Air Terjun & Kai Besar
  • Day 9 - Triton Bay & Bitsyari Bay
  • Day 10 - At Sea
  • Day 11 - Asmat (overnight onboard)
  • Day 12 - Asmat
  • Day 13 - At Sea
  • Day 14 - Thursday Island & Cape York, Australia
  • Day 15 - Orion Reef
  • Day 16 - Lizard Island, Australia
  • Day 17 - Cairns, Australia

CRUISE FARE – WHAT’S INCLUDED

Included in your cruise fare are accommodations as booked, cruise transportation, all meals onboard, 24-hour room service, entertainment and educational programmes, use of ship's sporting equipment and facilities, port & handling charges, Zodiac excursions and tender transfers, access to the ship's library, Govt. Fees & Taxes. Fares also include the services of 75 experienced crew.

CRUISE FARE – WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

Fares do not include items of a personal nature, including but not limited to: travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, hair dressing and massage treatments, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges.


Orion Vessel

Orion is more a mega-yacht, with it's luxurious facilities, than a cruise ship and she only carries around 50 couples per cruise. There are 75 crew members and they make sure that their guests are at all times in 5-star comfort.

VESSEL FEATURES: CABIN FEATURES:
  • Observation lounge
  • Bars (3)
  • Outdoor café
  • Boutique
  • Restaurant
  • Internet facilities
  • Hairdresser
  • CD/DVD library
  • Spa
  • Massage therapist
  • Exercise equipment
  • Kayaks and snorkelling equipment
  • Inflatable zodiac boats for shore excursions
  • Window or porthole
  • Sitting area or living room
  • Choice of queen bed or twin beds
  • Flat screen TV
  • Hair dryer
  • Marble ensuite bathroom
  • Safe
  • CD/DVD player
  • Internet access
  • Mini refrigerator

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