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Orion is a purpose built vessel designed to access the inaccessible, all in 5-star luxury. The ship combines the best and the latest in design with maritime and environmental technology, comfort and casual elegance. From the ice-strengthened hull to the chilled champagne and superb cuisine, this is expedition cruising at its finest.
Orion was built in Germany in 2003 where she was designed specifically for expedition cruising. Orion is voted by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising as one of the best expedition ships in the world. Designed from the outset to deliver a vessel that could explore the world from Antarctica to the Kimberley, Orion had to meet strict specifications for environmental protection and management. Don’t be misled by her luxurious interior, Orion is equipped with the latest in seafaring technology including large retractable stabilisers, sonar, radar, and the highest classification of ice-strengthened hull (before an ice breaker). Her waste management systems meet the stringent Antarctic operational standards enabling Orion to travel to the most pristine environment on earth. As a result, Orion represents best practice for environmentally sustainable management and protection in all the regions we explore. With 75 crew and a maximum of just 106 guests, it is no wonder Orion is widely regarded as the most luxurious ship of its kind in this part of the world and is more like a mega-yacht than a cruise ship.