“National Geographic Orion will be newly equipped with a full roster of exploration tools including kayaks, a state-of the-art ROV (remotely operated vehicle reaching depths up to 1,000 feet), full snorkeling gear for all, and a SCUBA program that can accommodate up to 24 divers at a time.
“The expedition team will feature a National Geographic photographer and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on all departures, and an undersea specialist/divemaster on many voyages.
“The expedition component enhancements will afford guests the flexibility of participating in activities at various fitness levels. Accommodation, service and cuisine will remain at the exceptional standards for which Orion has always been known.
“There is good news, too, from the galley where Serge Dansereau of Bathers Pavilion at Balmoral, will continue to serve up gourmet food for guests.”
The following (destination dependent) is a list of what’s available:
- A larger expedition team
- National Geographic photographer
- National Geographic photo instructor
- Additional zodiacs
- Glass bottom boat
- Undersea video camera
- Video microscope
- Professional video chronicler aboard
- Scuba gear for up to 24 guests with an undersea specialist/divemaster (specific sailings)
- A fleet of new kayaks
- A Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) capable of 1,000-foot depth