Orion Expedition Cruises
Since 2004, Orion has been delighting its customers with one of the most creative cruise itineraries in the world. The company credo is ‘a path less travelled’, and with their fleet set to double in size with the introduction of the magnificent Orion II, guests can expect to enjoy one of the most unique and luxurious cruise experiences found anywhere in the world.
Orion Expedition Cruises Destinations
Where you go with Orion will very much depend on the time of year, with cleverly thought out cruise packages divided into spring, summer, autumn and winter in order to allow you to experience all of their destinations at their most beautiful. With all Orion’s vessels built to access as much of the area as possible, this is an unmissable chance to see some of the most spectacular places in Australasia and South Asia from a unique vantage point.
• Kimberley and Arnhem Land
• Papua New Guinea
• Australian Islands
• Spice and Forgotten Islands
• New Zealand and Sub-Antarctic
• Inland Sea of Japan
• Russian Far East
Orion Expedition Cruises Accommodation
Comprising seventy-one suites and twenty-two staterooms across both ships, guests will find Orion accommodation to be a spacious, luxurious and comfortable area to enjoy a good night’s rest, or simply a moment of quiet solitude as they enjoy the spectacular ocean views found in all rooms.
Every class of accommodation is afforded a view, with staterooms and most suite classes given sizeable oval or rectangular windows. Penthouse Suites, Owners Suites and Balcony Suites provide the guest with a lovely private balcony area on which to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
All rooms are equipped with soft queen-size beds, superb en suite bathroom facilities with hairdryer, flat screen television, CD and DVD player, internet connectivity and a mini fridge that is frequently replenished with refreshing bottled water. The higher classes of suite will naturally offer more space, as well as a large separate bathtub in some cases.
Orion Expedition Cruises Food and Entertainment
Both ships in the Orion fleet offer guests an array of on board activities to keep them occupied during the days at sea. With plenty of ways to relax and enjoy yourself, you are assured of a pleasant stay. For the best views, head up in the glass elevator to the top deck and assess your surroundings. The ships feature a well-equipped on board gymnasium, providing step machines, treadmills, cross trainers, bicycles, free weights and exercise mats for those guests who like to keep fit, while the spa and salon offers a range of treatments and facilities, from sauna and massage to manicures and pedicures.
Elsewhere, the boutique sells a range of gifts and luxury items, while the Jacuzzi on the sun deck is the perfect place to unwind in the sunshine. More al fresco enjoyment can be had at the Outdoor Café and Bar, while Orion also provides fun kayaks and snorkelling equipment for passengers to use.
The food on board Orion cruises is an event, with the company working with celebrated Sydney chef Serge Dansereau, famous for the fabulous ‘Bathers’ Pavilion’, to create a sumptuous feast. The menu has been meticulously thought out, with all dishes designed to complement the region you are visiting, and incorporating local flavours and ingredients into every course. Guests can enjoy a free style of dining, with no set table arrangements, in the Restaurant, while delightful buffet breakfasts and lunches are served in the Outdoor Café. Orion also selects its wines carefully, with many coming from a list of superb lesser-known Australian and New Zealand wineries.
Orion Expedition Cruises Fleet
Both ships in the Orion fleet offer an equally splendid cruising experience, both are well-appointed, luxurious and elegant. Widely acknowledged as one of the best cruise vessels around, the magnificent new Orion II is a welcome addition to this esteemed cruise operation.
• Orion II