National Geographic Orion: Ship Details and Overview


Built in Germany in 2003, the National Geographic Orion is a purpose built luxury cruise vessel with a focus on elegance.

Fully stabilized with an ice-strengthened hull and state of the art navigation system, the Orion is more than capable of dealing with Antarctica’s harsh environment.

The National Geographic Orion is one of the most luxurious ships operating in Antarctica. Carrying just over 100 passengers, the Orion’s small size gives the ship an almost super-yacht feel. The ship offers up exceptional elegance, intimate ambiance and high quality fittings.

With over 75 crew on board, the service aboard the Orion is second to none and you’ll always be able to relax and enjoy your surroundings in comfort. Freshly baked bread, panoramic views, spa center, sun deck dining and massage therapy are just a number of reasons why the Orion is regarded as one of the most popular cruise ships in Antarctica.

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​National Geographic Orion Ship Overview


  • Ship Type: Luxury Expedition Ship
  • Crew : 75
  • Passengers: 102
  • Cabins : 53
  • Length : 338
  • Speed : 12.5
  • Beam : 47
  • Draft : 13
  • Voltage : 220V

Cabin Options

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On-Board Facilities

Public Area Facilities

The national Geographic Orion is a luxury cruise ship designed to give people a fabulous Antarctic experience within 5 star comfort.

The Orion is a small vessel which allows the ship to make daily shore landings. With a number of zodiacs on board, passengers will never miss a single photo opportunity or wildlife viewing.

With luxury in mind, the facilities on board the Orion are second to none with only the finest fittings and furnishings. Facilities include Gymnasium and Health Spa, Lecture Theatre, Hospital & Infirmary, Library with Internet Access, Restaurant, Lounge & Outdoor Cafe, Sun Deck with Jacuzzi and Outdoor Bar, Mud Room, Boutique and Salon and Glass Elevator.

Cabin Facilities

Like the public areas, the cabins on the Orion are luxurious and well appointed.

The Orion’s accommodation comprises of 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every cabin on board the Orion comes with sea views.

All cabins are equipped with flatscreen TV/DVD player, climate control, armchairs, spacious marble bathrooms with good sized glass showers, toiletries, spa robe/towel, hair dryer, internet, refrigerator, Expedition Essential Kit and personal safe.

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Ship Photos

Activities Offered





$180 per person on average – camping info


$465 per person on average


Adventure itineraries only

Photography Workshop

Selected itineraries only

Shore-based walking

Included in price

Hiking and snowshoeing

Included in price

Polar Plunge and Zodiac Trip

Included in price

Helicopter Ride

Price varies


Select departures. Price varies

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