As the National Geographic Orion approaches its inauguration in March, Lindblad Expeditions Jeremy Lindblad spelled out what’s new about one of Australia’s favourite ships:
“Ship enhancements will augment what is already an extraordinary vessel. There will be more activities and more expedition staff to give people with different interests as many options as possible.
“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 whereSerge 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
Glass bottom boat
Undersea video camera
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