Experience Orion II-luxury expedition cruising at its best

Naming ceremony for Orion II

Naming ceremony for Orion II

In June, 2011 Orion Expeditions launched a second ship, Orion II, on its inaugural, 24-day cruise.  After a naming ceremony in Seattle, Washington and an overnight cruise to Vancouver, British Columbia, Orion II embarked upon the cruise fully booked with past passengers.

Orion Expeditions launched its first ship, Orion, in 2005 with an expeditionary voyage from Tahiti to Australia.  Many voyages later, adding Orion II to the company was a logical next step.  Orion II effectively doubles the company’s capacity and with that, an opportunity to introduce their guests to new and in many cases unique experiences across a variety of extraordinary destinations, extending from polar ice cap to equatorial jungle.  Both purpose-built expedition ships are designed and constructed to explore locations larger ships can only dream of.

Orion II offers accommodations for 100 guests served by a staff of 70.  The first impression is one of style, comfort and a degree of luxury unexpected on an expedition ship. Add fine dining and unobtrusive yet extraordinary level of service and spacious accommodations, you have a recipe for an experience of a lifetime.  Orion II will visit destinations most people only dream of experiencing.

Itineraries:

Examples of itineraries to be experienced while cruising with Orion Expedition Cruises include

  • Japan, China and the Russian Far East

“The Northern Ring of Fire”, an environment dominated by 32 volcanoes stretches across the Bering Sea, between Russia and Japan while the Inland Sea of Japan showcases the cultures, art and cuisine of this destination.  Sail from Shanghai where Western customs and Chinese traditions create a colorful culture in addition to the Yangtze River.

  • Southeast Asia

Feel the energy of ancient empires and sophisticated cultures.  See the architecture that reflects the influences of Chinese Dynasties and France’s expansionist era, side by side.

  • Borneo

Nestled in the heart of the Malay Archipelago, Borneo is amongst the planet’s most biologically diverse ecosystems, a zoological paradise beyond imagination.  Experience Borneo’s flora, fauna, and cultural ecology on this itinerary for Orion II.

  • Papua New Guinea, Micronesia and the Coral Triangle

From virgin forests and the unique bird life, to culturally fascinating traditions of indigenous peoples, to the great reef systems scattered across Micronesia, explore an ocean of wonder at the heart of this remote itinerary.

Orion II –  the ship

The interior of Orion II has been refurbished with exquisite linens and appointments. New additions include a ship’s store and massage/spa/salon.  The penthouse deck has a hot tub and relaxing area for intimate discussions and mingling with other guests.  The dining room is airy yet intimate, capable of seating for a romantic dinner for two or for a large group of friends or family.

Accommodations
Penthouse Suites: There are four penthouse suites with an average area of 260 square feet, and includes private balconies, window and sitting area. Orion II’s four spacious Penthouse Suites are the only suites located on Deck 6.

Balcony Suite: The twelve luxurious Balcony Suites are on Deck 5 with sitting area and a private balcony allowing you to take in the sea breeze.

Deluxe Suite: The two Deluxe Suites occupy up to 285 square feet* in area on Deck 5. Forward windows and a sitting area lets you relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view after a day of exploration.

Junior Suite: On deck 4 there are ten Junior Suites. These 235 square foot* suites have a window and sitting area.

AA Ocean Suite: These nicely appointed Ocean Suites are situated on deck 3. The average room size is 225 square feet*, all with windows and a comfortable sitting area.

A Ocean Suite: The A Ocean Suites are located on Deck 2 with portholes and a generous average area of 275 square feet*.

B Ocean Suite: The B Ocean Suites are located on Deck 4 windows and sitting area. The average area is 215 square feet*.

(* Average area of room size.)

Check out the slideshow of photos below (taken while the Orion II was in port for the naming ceremony).

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In June, 2011 Orion Expeditions launched a second ship, Orion II, on its inaugural, 24-day cruise.  After a naming ceremony in Seattle, Washington and an overnight cruise to Vancouver, British Columbia, Orion II embarked upon the cruise fully booked with past passengers.

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