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Program #20499RJ
25 Days | 24 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jan 22 — Feb 15, 2013

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Day One: Tuesday, January 22 - Flight to Australia
Depart From: Group flight departs North American for Australia.

Day Two: Wednesday, January 23 - En Route / Cross International Date Line
In Transit: En route to Australia.

Type: Hotel

Description: Leisure Inn Hobart Macquarie is located a leisurely stroll from Hobart’s famous Battery Point, Salamanca Place and waterfront restaurants and bars. The hotel’s location ensures handy access to all the unique attractions this region has to offer. The hotel is located 17KM from the airport.

Contact info:
167 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS, 7000 Australia
phone: +61 .(0)3.6220.7100
web: www.staywellgroup.com/hotels/hobart/leisure-inn-hobart-macquarie

Room amenities: Guest rooms also provide visitors to Leisure Inn Hobart Macquarie the convenience of wireless internet, tea/coffee making facilities, mini-fridge, iron/ironing board, Individual room heating, In-room direct dial phones, hairdryer and opening windows.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include onsite restaurant (check with the hotel for current opening hours), undercover parking, business services, guest laundry, dry cleaning service, luggage storage and tour booking expertise. The hotel is also serviced regularly by two airport shuttle buses.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for prices and booking.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, January 24 - Arrival Hobart, Tasmania
Arrive To: Group arrival to Hobart airport at approximately 4:10 pm. Transfer to your program hotel.

Afternoon: Join your group leader and other participants for the program orientation before dinner.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Leisure Inn Hobart Macquarie

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, January 25 - Hobart / Transfer to board the ship
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Set on the River Derwent, Hobart is very much a city of the sea with views of the Derwent estuary appearing around every corner. Historic 19th century waterfront warehouses remain, still bordering the commercial fishing harbour, though today it is easier to feast on seafood at one of the restaurants they now house. Hobart is the finishing line for the famed blue water Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and its deep harbour precinct once bustled with whalers, soldiers, petty bureaucrats and opportunistic businessmen. A walk through the town will reveal that the city has resisted the pressure to move with the times, having retained and preserved old buildings such as the Parliament built by convicts in the 1830s.

Lunch: Lunch on own.

Afternoon: Transfer to the pier to board the Orion. Time to settle into your cabin.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Saturday, January 26 - At Sea / Presentations
Note: Although our itinerary to the Antarctic regions is based on many years of collective experience, prevailing weather and ice conditions in this area of the world are unpredictable, mother nature dictates our course. These are not cruises; they are true expeditions to what can be the most inhospitable region on earth.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by the ship's onboard lecturer.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, January 27 - At Sea / Presentations
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by the ship's onboard lecturer.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, January 28 - Macquarie Island
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Often described as one of the "wonder spots" of the world, the sub-Antarctic island of Macquarie has been said to rival South Georgia in its magnificence, scenic diversity and prolific wildlife. Designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1933 and a World Heritage Site in 1977, Macquarie now operates a full-time manned station where biological and meteorological research is conducted. The station, located on the isthmus at Buckles Bay, is where you will meet the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife rangers who will be your guides.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Explore Macquarie Island with your guide.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, January 29 - Sandy Bay on Macquarie Island
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Sandy Bay, situated halfway down the island's eastern seaboard, is our planned landing site. The Zodiacs will traverse breakwaters of giant kelp before reaching rocky beaches where landing conditions can best be described as "wet and challenging". Once ashore you'll find the bay, with its rugged backdrop of mountains and tussock-covered headlands, is home to 20,000 breeding pair of royal penguins, king penguins, rock hopper penguins, gentoo penguins and elephant seals. This profusion of wildlife wasn't always so protected, the rusting remains of machinery used by whalers being stark reminders of the exploitation which took place on the island during its early history.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue with today's expedition.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, January 30 - At Sea / Presentations
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by the ship's onboard lecturer.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Thursday, January 31 - At Sea / Presentation
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by the ship's onboard lecturer.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Friday, February 01 - At Sea / Presentation
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by the ship's onboard lecturer.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Saturday, February 02 - Ross Sea Region / Cape Hallett
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This southernmost expanse of the Pacific Ocean was named after James Clark Ross who first explored the area in 1841 with two ships, Erebus and Terror. As seas go, this one is quite shallow and is bounded in the east by the coastal mountains of Victoria Land and in the south by the Ross Ice Shelf. The shelf is a flat topped body of snow covered glacial ice about the size of France which largely floats except along the coastlines. The southern part of the Ross Sea is not navigable for some 9 months of the year. Over the summer season between January and March very few ships venture here, and those that do principally supply the various scientific stations. The Ross Sea coast extends from the ice shelf northwards until it reaches the very tip of Victoria Land and Cape Adare. During our time in the Ross Sea Region we will attempt a variety of opportunistic landings, subject to weather conditions.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Cape Hallett (wet landing): Following an intricate approach to Cape Hallett through thick pack ice, disembark the ship to inspect the site of an abandoned US/New Zealand base established during the International Geophysical Year in 1957-58. It is a magnificent area with giant glaciers and surrounding mountains of over 4,000 meters. Weddell Seals and Adelie Penguins abound.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Sunday, February 03 - Ross Sea Region / Cape Terra Nova Bay
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Cape Terra Nova Bay (wet landing): First discovered by Scott during his 1901-1904 expedition, the site is now occupied by an Italian base which operates a summer research station. If permission is granted, visit the base. It is then intended to cruise by the massive Drygalski ice tongue, which extends 70km out into the Ross Sea as part of the David Glacier.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue this morning's exploration.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Monday, February 04 - Ross Sea Region / Inexpressible Island
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Inexpressible Island is home to a small Adelie Penguin rookery. This low bleak Island is the site of an amazing story of survival where Scotts Northern party were forced to over-winter in a snow cave. Two plaques mark the site of the cave were the men suffered until their departure on the 30th September 1912 for Ross Island across the sea ice. This is a rarely visited site which is challenging to access but if a visit is successful it is not hard to imagine why the men called this place "Hell with a capital H."

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue with this morning's field trip.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Tuesday, February 05 - Ross Sea Region / Cape Evans
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Cape Evans: Scott's 1911 Terra Nova Hut is the largest historic building in Antarctica. Used in the 1910 to 1913 British Antarctic Expedition, it served as the base for extensive scientific research and surveys as well as Scott's journey to the South Pole. Much of Scott's equipment is well preserved. Shredded seaweed sewn into jute quilting is used as an insulating layer between the inner and outer cladding of the wood hut. Ten men of Shackleton's ill-fated imperial trans-Antarctic expeditions were marooned here in 1915 after their ship Aurora was blown out to sea and unable to return. Two of Aurora's anchors remain to this day on the beach in front of the hut. Entering the hut provides a window into the historic age of Antarctic exploration and discovery.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Cape Evans.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Wednesday, February 06 - Ross Sea Region / Cape Royds and Possession Islan...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Cape Royds: Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds was constructed during the British Antarctic Nimrod Expedition in 1907-1909. Unable to land at King Edward VII Island, he then entered McMurdo Sound. Ice conditions prevented him from reaching Hut Point, the site of Scott's hut, so he selected Cape Royds for winter quarters. Adelie Penguins are slowly reclaiming the site which is the world's southernmost penguin rookery. The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust conservation program has successfully conserved a substantial number of fascinating artifacts in this hut, in such a way that at first sight the hut appears to have only recently been abandoned.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Subject to sea and ice conditions, the Orion hopes to make a landing at the rarely visited small and craggy Possession Islands. One of these, Foyn Island, is covered with Adelie Penguins. The islands were discovered by James Clark Ross and Francis Crozier in 1841 during their expedition to locate the south magnetic pole.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seventeen: Thursday, February 07 - Ross Sea Region / Cape Adare
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Cape Adare was discovered by Captain James Ross in 1841. We plan to visit Borchgrevink's Hut from the British Southern Cross Expedition, the first to ever spend winter in the Antarctic, in 1899. Up to 1,000,000 Adelie Penguins have reclaimed the site, which is spectacular, surrounded by black volcanic hills. High above the huts is the lonely grave and cross of Borchgrevink's biologist.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Cape Adare.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eighteen: Friday, February 08 - At Sea / Presentations
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participant in a presentation by the ship's onboard lecturer.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nineteen: Saturday, February 09 - At Sea / Presentations
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by the ship's onboard lecturer.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty: Sunday, February 10 - At Sea / Presentations
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by the ship's onboard lecturer.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty One: Monday, February 11 - Campbell Island
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Campbell Island was first discovered in January 1810 by Captain Frederick Hasselburg, master of the sealing brig, Perseverance. He named the island after his employers Robert Campbell and Co. of Sydney and sadly drowned later that year after a boat capsized in Perseverance Harbour. Campbell is a volcanic island with fascinating rock formations. 50 years ago, between 2 and 3 million Rock Hopper Penguins were nesting on the island but since then 90% have been decimated by bacterial infection. Less than 20 pairs of Wandering Albatross nest are found here. Approximately 8,500 pairs of Royal Albatross and about 74,000 pairs of Black Browed Mollymawk also call the island home. Over 40 other breeds of birds including the Southern Royal Albatross have also been observed on Campbell Island.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Campbell Island.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Two: Tuesday, February 12 - Auckland Islands (New Zealand)
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Auckland Islands: Sites in Port Ross may be visited including an abandoned Maori settlement, a German expedition observation point at Terror Cove and a WWII coast watching station at Ranui Cove. In Carnley Harbour castaway depots at Camp Cove, are marked by an A frame building built in 1887 by the crew of the Awarua, inscribed with the names of people from the French Bark Angou wrecked in 1905. Possible cruising to Victoria Passage, a dramatic opening at the end of Carnley Harbour. The birdlife of Auckland Island is profuse.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Auckland Island.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide describes her as "the latest in the quest to build the ideal expedition cruise ship". Constructed by the world-leading Cassens Shipyard in Emden, and launched in November 2003, she boasts a host of advanced design features including technology that sets new standards in sustainable marine environmental practices. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star. Orion's luxurious appointments means she is more mega-yacht than cruise ship and her guests are few; around just 50 couples, all cared for in 5-star comfort by a crew of 75. Chart your own path less travelled.

Ship Information: Technical Information Length: 103 metres Beam: 14.25 metres Draft: 3.82 metres Hull: Ice-reinforced for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Class: E3 (Germanischer Lloyd) Gross Tonnage: 4,000 Engines: Mak; 8M25; 3,265HP Speed: 15 knots. Cruise speed: 13 knots Stabilisers: Blohm & Voss, retractable fin stabilisers Manoeuvrability: Bow and stern thrusters Built: 2003 Delivery Date: November 2003 Builder: Cassens Shipyard-Emden, Germany Staterooms and Suites: 53 Guest Capacity: 106 (twin occupancy) Crew: 75 Elevator: Yes Classification: Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5 E3 Passenger Ship MC E3 AUT Regulations: Orion is built according to the latest international safety regulations, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health, Canadian Arctic Shipping, and St. Lawrence Seaway. Additional Craft: 10 Zodiac Heavy Duty MK5, 10 Kayaks, 2x12 passenger tenders Communications: Direct-dial satellite telephones; fax; e-mail; Internet access; internal telephone system Registry: Bahamas

Contact info:
Level 2, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Australia
phone: +xx.xxx.xxxx
web: www.orionexpeditions.com/ship/orion/ship

Room amenities: Accommodation onboard Orion comprises 31 Suites and 22 Staterooms. Every room offers you ocean views, room to relax during the day and a choice of either queen or twin bed sleeping arrangements. All of the Staterooms and Suites have the same high standard of amenity. The marble bathrooms are well appointed, with Grohe tapware, Lanvin toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. All rooms offer conveniences such as ample storage space, complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator continuously stocked with complimentary bottled water.

Facility amenities: Boutique Elevator Gymnasium Hair and Beauty Salon Hospital & Infirmary Internet Jacuzzi Lecture Theatre Leda Lounge and Cocktail Bar Library Marina Platforms Mud Room Observation Lounge Outdoor Café Outdoor Bar Reception Restaurant Sporting Facilities Sun Deck Vega Health Spa

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Three: Wednesday, February 13 - Snares Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Two small rocky islands, North East and Broughton, comprise The Snares, the closest sub-Antarctic islands to New Zealand. The islands are covered with heavy tussock grass and wind-beaten forests of tree daisies. Weather permitting we'll launch our Zodiacs for an exploration of the sheltered eastern coastline as the island's wildlife protection program precludes landings. The Snares are home to huge numbers of breeding birds, 99 recorded species including albatross, Antarctic Terns and Snares Crested Penguins.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Snare Island.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Orion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Corner of Tay Street & Racecourse Road
Invercargill, New Zealand
phone: + (03)2176195
web: www.ascotparkhotel.co.nz

Room amenities: Broadband Internet connection, refridgerator, tea and coffee making facilities, full mini-bar, SkyTV, alarm clock, hair dryer, ironing board, radio, telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hr reception, 24-hr room service, banquet/conference facilities, business centre, restaurant, bar, indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, spa, gymnasium, dry-cleaning facilities, laundry facilities

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
Additional nights available. Rates to be confirmed via PD.


Day Twenty Four: Thursday, February 14 - Disembark Ship / Bluff (Invercargill), New Zealan...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: The largest urban centre in New Zealand's Southland is Invercargill, a city of 49,000 people. Visitors come to admire the elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings, gardens and landscaped parks. The fishing port of Bluff is a half hour drive south from Invercargill and is home to the famous Bluff oyster and a lively annual seafood festival. From Bluff, visitors can catch a ferry to Stewart Island - a haven for native bird life and the only place in New Zealand where you can readily see kiwi in their natural habitat.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Ascot Park Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twenty Five: Friday, February 15 - Departure
Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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