The recently re-launched National Geographic Orion arrived in Australia this week after completing her inaugural cruise.

Over the past two weeks, Cruise Passenger has been logging the ships first journey as she sailed from Auckland to the Solomon Islands.

Jeremy Lindblad shared details of underwater explorations with legend, Valerie Taylor, experiencing the culture and beauty in Vanuatu and watching remarkable land diving performances.

If you missed out on the blog you can catch up by clicking the following links:

Day Twelve – Honiara, Solomon Islands
Day Eleven – Solomon Islands
Day Ten – Lo Island

Day Nine – Espirito Santo
Day Eight – Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

Day Seven – Ifira Island and Lelepa Island
Day Six – Tanna Island
Day Five – Experiencing National Geographic Orion’s delicacies

Day Four – Norfolk Island
Day Three – Captain Mike Taylor shares love of cruising
Day Two – Bay of Islands
Day One – The Christening

Following her short visit in Australia, National Geographic Orion will head off to Fiji for the ‘Exploring the Coral Sea: Papua New Guinea to Fiji’ and ‘Reefs, Lagoons and Volcanic Isles: Fiji to Tahiti’ itineraries.

Fully equipped with new ship enhancements that focus on undersea exploration, guests will be able to maximise their experience with the use of kayaks, a state of the art remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that reaches depths of up to 300 metres, full snorkelling gear, a SCUBA program that can accommodate up to 24 divers at a time with a dive master, a glass bottom boat, additional Zodiacs and more.

Meanwhile, one lucky Cruise Passenger reader has won a 10-night Kimberley cruise aboard the National Geographic Orion.