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Sitka/Vancouver
10-night Extraordinary Alaska with Misty Fjords and Hubbard Glacier Cruise
August 10, 2022
Lindblad Expeditions: National Geographic Orion
Sitka/Vancouver
Vacation Offer ID 1460845
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  • 10-nights accommodations
  • All meals aboard ship
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10-night Extraordinary Alaska with Misty Fjords and Hubbard Glacier Cruise
  • Destination Guide
  • Suggested Shore Excursions
Destination Arrival Departure
Sitka

Sitka 08/10/2022

Arrive in Sitka this afternoon and transfer to the National Geographic Orion. Settle into your cabin before your welcome dinner. (D),
08/10/2022 08/10/2022
West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness

West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness 08/11/2022

Covering the western portions of Chichagof and Yakobi Islands, this protected stretch of the Tongass National Forest is pounded by the Pacific waves, carved with serene bays and inlets, and blanketed with pine forests and muskeg. Get a close-up look at these unique ecosystems on outings by Zodiac or kayak, watching for migratory waterfowl, brown bears, and otters. (B,L,D),
08/11/2022 08/11/2022
Icy Strait

Icy Strait 08/12/2022

Spend today exploring the nutrient-rich waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Inside Passage. Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an upwelling of undersea organisms attracts Steller sea lions and other marine life. Paddle a kayak in the calm outer waters of Glacier Bay. Or hike into the lush temperate rainforest, watching for bald eagles and unique flora and fauna. (B,L,D),
08/12/2022 08/12/2022
Inian Islands

Inian Islands 08/12/2022

Spend today exploring the nutrient-rich waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Inside Passage. Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an upwelling of undersea organisms attracts Steller sea lions and other marine life. Paddle a kayak in the calm outer waters of Glacier Bay. Or hike into the lush temperate rainforest, watching for bald eagles and unique flora and fauna. (B,L,D),
08/12/2022 08/12/2022
At Sea

At Sea 08/13/2022

Enjoy a relaxing morning on the Gulf of Alaska and follow the rugged coast north to Yakutat Bay. Keep an eye out for a glimpse of Mt. Fairweather, which scrapes the sky at over 15,000 feet. Late this afternoon, we'll enter the bay and head toward the face of Hubbard Glacier, a six-mile-wide sheet of ice within the boundaries of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Depending on ice and conditions, we may deploy our Zodiacs to explore. (B,L,D),
08/13/2022 08/13/2022
Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier 08/13/2022

Enjoy a relaxing morning on the Gulf of Alaska and follow the rugged coast north to Yakutat Bay. Keep an eye out for a glimpse of Mt. Fairweather, which scrapes the sky at over 15,000 feet. Late this afternoon, we'll enter the bay and head toward the face of Hubbard Glacier, a six-mile-wide sheet of ice within the boundaries of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Depending on ice and conditions, we may deploy our Zodiacs to explore. (B,L,D),
08/13/2022 08/13/2022
At Sea

At Sea 08/14/2022

Today, nature is our guide as we set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of the wildlife and weather conditions. We may stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, and hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, we'll do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. (B,L,D),
08/14/2022 08/14/2022
Frederick Sound

Frederick Sound 08/15/2022

Cross the Frederick Sound to the Chatham Strait, prime waters for observing killer whales and humpbacks. With luck, we'll be able to watch some of their behavior from on deck, hearing insights on feeding, breaching, and more from the onboard naturalists. Look for Steller sea lions stretched out on the rocky islands that dot the channels. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation (their schedule permitting)—whose work is supported by a grant from the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund—and discuss their recent studies on the region's marine mammals. (B,L,D),
08/15/2022 08/15/2022
Chatham Strait

Chatham Strait 08/15/2022

Cross the Frederick Sound to the Chatham Strait, prime waters for observing killer whales and humpbacks. With luck, we'll be able to watch some of their behavior from on deck, hearing insights on feeding, breaching, and more from the onboard naturalists. Look for Steller sea lions stretched out on the rocky islands that dot the channels. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation (their schedule permitting)—whose work is supported by a grant from the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund—and discuss their recent studies on the region's marine mammals. (B,L,D),
08/15/2022 08/15/2022
Totem Bay

Totem Bay 08/16/2022

Enter the placid waters of Totem Bay and take kayaks or Zodiacs along the coastline to see the unusual rock formations that gave the bay its name. Go beachcombing with naturalists, learning about the creatures of the intertidal zone. Continue along Sumner Strait, on the lookout for humpbacks and killer whales. As we pass Kuiu Island, watch for wildlife on the shore, including Sitka black-tailed deer, moose, black bears, wolves, and bald eagles. (B,L,D),
08/16/2022 08/16/2022
At Sea

At Sea 08/16/2022

Enter the placid waters of Totem Bay and take kayaks or Zodiacs along the coastline to see the unusual rock formations that gave the bay its name. Go beachcombing with naturalists, learning about the creatures of the intertidal zone. Continue along Sumner Strait, on the lookout for humpbacks and killer whales. As we pass Kuiu Island, watch for wildlife on the shore, including Sitka black-tailed deer, moose, black bears, wolves, and bald eagles. (B,L,D),
08/16/2022 08/16/2022
Misty Fjords

Misty Fjords 08/17/2022

Visit Misty Fjords National Monument, where sheer cliffs, pine-covered slopes, and snowcapped peaks tower more than 2,000 feet above a sparkling blue fjord. Set out by Zodiac and kayak to explore the thick forests along the shoreline and discover hidden waterfalls cascading from the mountaintops high above. (B,L,D),
08/17/2022 08/17/2022
Inside Passage

Inside Passage 08/18/2022

Trace the wild coastline of British Columbia, exploring inlets and islands and watching for whales, dolphins, bears, deer, and other wildlife. (B,L,D),
08/18/2022 08/18/2022
Inside Passage
08/19/2022 08/19/2022
Vancouver

Vancouver 08/20/2022

Arrive in Vancouver and disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B),
08/20/2022 08/20/2022
Lindblad Expeditions: National Geographic Orion
Designed and purpose-built specifically for expedition travel, National Geographic Orion was created from the outset to explore the far corners of the Earth in complete self-sufficiency. You'll encounter wild and beautiful islands, intriguing cultures and history, and explore the kaleidoscopic reefs of the South Pacific while enjoying the superb amenities, exploration tools, and engaging expedition team of the National Geographic Orion. Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar and ice-strengthened double hull. She can accommodate 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.
Dining
After a day of exploring, guests can relax in the comfort of the Galaxy or Leda Lounge, sharing the day's stories over a classic cocktail or chilled champagne, and enjoy the anticipation of another evening of fine dining. Dining is an integral part of your expedition experience, with influences and flavors that reflect the regions you'll be exploring. Much of the food prepared aboard is sourced locally whenever possible from sustainable providers. Seating is open and the dining style aboard is relaxed and casual.

Outdoor Café

Outdoor Café
The outdoor café is the choice for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner on selected evenings. The café offers al fresco dining for buffet breakfast and lunch. On warm evenings you may enjoy the same menu and service as presented in the restaurant. Weather permitting, every expedition features the signature dinner buffet or themed barbecue on selected nights.
Explore the Ship
National Geographic Orion is a perfectly sized ship with a warm and intimate feeling, yet large enough to offer a variety of public spaces. Depending on your mood, there are places that gratify the need for sociability and places that reward your desire for contemplative time.

Lounge

Lounge
Centrally located, the lounge and cocktail bar is the hub of social life aboard, comfortably seating all guests at once. Lounge seating is arranged to provide good views of the center podium, with multiple large monitors on the surrounding walls ensuring optimal views of presentations and sessions with naturalists and expedition leaders. Large windows line two sides of the room, so guests who gravitate to the lounge to read or use their laptops during the day won’t miss the dramatic views. The bar is inviting and casual, a perfect spot to have a cappuccino before or after activities. A variety of beverages are available for purchase including beer, cocktails, spirits, and wines by the glass or bottle.

Outdoor Bar

Outdoor Bar
Located high on the ship, the outdoor bar is a pleasant place to congregate and enjoy a cocktail while searching the horizon for marine mammals. In polar climates, heaters above the bar can be activates.

Theater

Theater
The state-of-the-art theater with surround-sound is the scene for themed presentations by the expedition team. All guests are comfortably accommodated in armchair-style seating.

Library

Library
You'll find commanding views and comfortable leather armchairs in the library. A wide range of books run the gamut from fiction to regional guides, and reference books on the wildlife and region you're exploring, as well as board games and cards. A laptop with internet access is available for those who haven't brought their own.

Observation Lounge

Observation Lounge
Located high atop Orion, the intimate observation lounge affords stunning 270o views. Early riser breakfast and afternoon tea are both served here. With panoramic windows running the entire length of this lounge, you'll feel as if you're almost floating above the ship while spectacular scenery dramatically unfolds outside.

Sundeck

Sundeck
You'll find padded teak steamer chairs beside the jacuzzi spa, affording you a relaxing spot to read a book or simply doze in the sun. You'll find an ample supply of large beach towels close by.

Wellness

Wellness
From early morning yoga or stretching on deck or in the lounge, to massages and face, hand or body treatments inspired by the location, the wellness specialist onboard will help you achieve a more relaxed and revitalized state of being.

Gymnasium

With sweeping ocean views, the gymnasium is equipped with the following LifeFitness equipment: a step machine, a treadmill, a cross trainer, two bicycles, free weights, and exercise mats.

Health Spa

The Health Spa offers a unisex dry sauna, the gymnasium is equipped with cardio vascular exercise machines and a range of massage/spa treatments are available.

Jacuzzi

Jacuzzi
A jacuzzi spa is located on the sundeck. In warmer climates you'll find the spa affords a cool dip, doubling as a plunge pool.
Tools for Exploration
Lindblad believes that travelers don't want to be passive tourists and expeditions foster active engagement. Orion is equipped with tools for exploration, allowing you to get out there for up-close forays, and let you see a little deeper into the marine or terrestial environments surrounding you. She has a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks for intimate encounters with wildness and wonder; complete snorkel gear for the entire guest contingent, plus SCUBA gear for 24 divers; and a state-of-the-art ROV to provide guests with even more in-depth perspective on the South Pacific's vibrant ocean environments.

Zodiacs

Zodiacs
Orion carries Zodiac landing crafts, allowing the entire expedition community to get out, and engage in activities quickly, comfortably, and safely. Widely regarded as the most robust watercraft available, they can run up on sandy shores and push through pack ice.

Kayaks

Kayaks
Orion is equipped with a fleet of kayaks, and prior kayaking experience isn't necessary. Many guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch.

Underwater Camera

Underwater Camera
The undersea specialist will dive many days of your expedition, even in Antarctica, with almost 200 pounds of gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment.

Remotely Operated Vehicle

Capable of reaching 1,000-feet, far beyond the range of any SCUBA diver, the ROV allows guests to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. By sharing videos of potentially new species with scientists, such as a large worm captured in the Weddell Sea by their specialist, Lindblad actively contributes to science. Chances are you will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean.

Video Microscope

Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building blocks of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding images of a krill's body, at 80x magnification, fills the plasma screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of an otherwise unobservable creature.

Crow's Nest Camera

Crow's Nest Camera
Perched high atop the vessel on the ship’s mast, this camera provides a continual view on the outside world that can be seen on your cabin TV. You’ll get a unique perspective on your surroundings.

Hydrophones

Hydrophones
These underwater microphones are deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback.

Electronic Charts

Electronic Charts
An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is always on display on a dedicated channel on your cabin TV.

Snorkeling Equipment

Snorkeling Equipment
On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, and fins that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.

Expedition Photography

Expedition Photography
There will be a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on every departure, a key benefit in Lindblad's alliance with National Geographic, and their exclusive Expedition Photography program. Each photo instructor is a veteran naturalist who has been specially selected and trained by Lindblad and National Geographic photographers to assist you with camera settings, the basic elements of framing and composition, and to provide shooting tips in the field.
Ship Statistics
Year Built
2003
Year Refurbished
Year Entered Present Fleet
Previous Name
Country of Registry
Tonnage (GRT)
4000
Guests (Lowers)
106
Total Guests
102
Passenger Decks
3
Number of Crew
75
Officers' Nationality
Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality
Total Rooms
53
Suites
31
Balconies
Ocean/River View
22
Interior
Accessible
Wake each morning to another day of adventure with the expedition team, and then return to your base camp Orion. Whether your experiences involve landing on a remote beach, venturing up narrow rivers in your Zodiac, or exploring caves for ancient rock art, you know that you will always return to the comfort of the dedicated 75 member crew. Have a massage to unwind, a sauna for sore muscles, or order a refreshment brought to you, spa side, before enjoying dinner on the back deck or in the dining room. You’ll find National Geographic Orion is unlike any other ship. Her appointments are luxurious, yet life aboard has a distinctly relaxed flavor with the international-standard service being warm and unobtrusive. The ambiance is intimate and subtly elegant. Orion takes you to the planet’s most remote, wild places while maintaining a superb level of comfort and convenience.
Tipping Policy
At guest's discretion.
Shipboard Policies
  • Internet Access
    Internet access is available at an additional charge, and there are several ways to get online. A laptop is available in the library with internet connection. Internet access is also available in your cabin via an Ethernet cable using your own laptop. If your laptop is wireless enabled, you may use it anywhere in the observation lounge or the main lounge. A satellite phone is available for phone calls at additional charge, and an Iridium satellite phone is also available for emergency use.
Public Rooms
  • Bar(s)/Lounge(s)
  • Library
Stateroom Amenities
  • Bath Amenities/Toiletries
  • Bath Robes
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Stateroom Movies
  • Minibar and/or Refrigerator
  • Private Safe
  • Sitting Area
  • Suites
Entertainment
  • Classes and Workshops
  • Guest Lecturers
Dining
  • Dining Style: Open Seating
Other Facilities
  • Infirmary / Medical Center
  • Laundry Service (nominal fee)
Sports, Health and Fitness
  • Cardio Equipment
  • Free Weights
  • Sauna
  • Spa
Soothingly decorated in elegant tones, National Geographic Orion's spacious cabins offer a large desk, ample storage space, comfortable seating areas, generously sized bathrooms, and flat panel TVs. All accommodations are outside,and most cabins feature over-sized picture windows that connect you with passing views. Balcony cabins feature a French balcony with a large sliding glass door opening to a Juliette Balcony that provides easy access to exceptional views.

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of July 2019. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

Suite

Owner's Suite with French Balcony (06) Call for Price
Owner's Suite with French Balcony
  • Category: 06
  • Bridge Deck
Include a beautifully appointed bedroom and separate living room, plus sliding glass doors that open onto a French balcony.
Suite with French Balcony (05) Call for Price
Suite with French Balcony
  • Category: 05
  • Bridge Deck
Spacious suites with open living areas and sliding glass doors that open to a French balcony.
Deluxe Suite with Window (04) Call for Price
Deluxe Suite with Window
  • Category: 04
  • Bridge Deck
Separate sleeping and sitting areas, each with a two-seater sofa that looks out a large rectangular window.
Suite with Window (03) Call for Price
Suite with Window
  • Category: 03
  • Upper Deck
These suites feature plenty of storage and most have a comfortable sofa in the sitting area with a large window.
Suite with Window - Solo (3S) Call for Price
Suite with Window - Solo
  • Category: 3S
  • Bridge Deck

River View

Window Stateroom (02) Call for Price
Window Stateroom
  • Category: 02
  • Main Deck
These nicely appointed cabins all have a large oval window, a comfortable sitting area with a tub chair, and a writing desk.
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Window Stateroom
  • Category: 01
  • Main Deck
These nicely appointed cabins all have a large oval window, a comfortable sitting area with a tub chair, and a writing desk.
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Window Stateroom - Solo
  • Category: 1S
  • Main Deck

Price is per person, double occupancy.

Costs Include: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals , nonalcoholic beverages* aboard ship and meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of taxes and service charges, and services of our expedition staff.
*Alcoholic beverages except super-premium brands and crew tips now included on Explorer and Orion.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Top Deck
Observation Deck
Bridge Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite with French Balcony (06)
  • Suite with French Balcony (05)
  • Suite with Window - Solo (3S)
  • Deluxe Suite with Window (04)
Upper Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Suite with Window (03)
Main Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Window Stateroom (02)
  • Window Stateroom (01)
  • Window Stateroom - Solo (1S)
Expedition Deck
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