Day 11: National Geographic Orion cruise blog

Day 11: Solomon Islands – It was a sombre morning for everyone on board, as this would be our last full day on board. We were all keen to absorb as much as possible before […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Apr 1 2014

Day Four: National Geographic Orion cruise blog

Norfolk Island: Day Four – There’s one thing you’re guaranteed to see on a National Geographic Orion expedition – nature at its best. And that’s exactly what we were treated to on day four of […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Mar 25 2014

Day One: National Geographic Orion inaugural cruise blog

Queens Wharf, Auckland: Day One – Have you ever attended an inauguration ceremony? It’s one of the most exciting moments in a ship’s history. It marks the end of years of planning and the beginning […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Mar 22 2014

Pre-Cruise: National Geographic Orion inaugural cruise blog

Auckland: Day One – Today marks an exciting new chapter for one of Australia’s favourite adventure ships. The Orion becomes the National Geographic Orion, and embarks on its inaugural voyage from Auckland to The Solomon […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Mar 21 2014

Last spots: Lindblad’s Kimberley cruises selling out

Holidaymakers keen to see the Pacific Islands and Australia on board the National Geographic Orion have been urged to book now as cabins are filling up. The line announced it is down to its last […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Mar 3 2014

Peter Hillary joins Lindblad cruise

If you could ask one thing of the man who completed the first successful trek up Mount Everest on a Lindblad expedition, what would it be? Well get your question ready, because Peter Hillary has […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Feb 13 2014

Cruise recognised in Australia Day awards

Cruise has been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours with Sarina Bratton, Orion founder and Ponant Australasian chair, awarded an Order of Australia. The recognition comes as Mrs Bratton, a cruise veteran, has taken […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jan 26 2014

National Geographic Orion changes revealed

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 […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jan 24 2014

Compagnie du Ponant to send L’Austral to Aus

Compagnie du Ponant has confirmed L’Austral will be the line’s first expedition ship to visit Australia. The ship’s arrival is part of the line’s plans to target the growing Australian expedition market and follows the […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jan 9 2014

Barefoot luxury on True North

True North founder and owner Craig Howson is ready for the competition as rival operators National Geographic Orion and French luxury liner Compagnie Du Ponant gear up to take on the long established Australian adventure […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jan 6 2014

New expedition ship to Australia

Expedition cruising is a growing sector amongst Australians, and more cruise lines are keen to get a slice of the market. Lindblad Expeditions launched a new brochure this year featuring its expedition ships, including the […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Nov 29 2013