Orion Expedition Cruise Ship
Before joining the Cruiseabout crew, Jaimie McDonald from Cruiseabout Takapuna worked on the cruise ship Orion, one of the world's foremost expedition ships.
The Orion is ranked by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising as one of the best expedition ships in the world. There is a good reason for this as it is absolutely stunning, with all suites and staterooms boasting ocean views and superb facilities.
Cruising on the Orion is best suited to travellers who are inquisitive in nature and adventurous in spirit. This type of traveller will enjoy the enrichment programmes that Orion excel in, where some of the world's leading authorities, writers and scientists are often on board as lecturers to provide passengers with a true in-depth experience and appreciation of the destinations visited. As an icebreaker ship the Orion is small enough to manoeuvre places where many ships can't, and also uses Zodiac inflatable rubber boats to access shallow areas and navigate small rivers and waterways.
The Orion was a very luxurious cruise ship to work on, with 75 crew and space for 106 guests. Any preconceived notions I had of expedition ships with metal interiors and needing to bend down to walk through watertight bulkhead doors, as though in a submarine movie with Sean Connery, were swiftly dashed after having gone aboard the Orion - it couldn't have been further from the truth!
Days at sea aboard Orion are less structured than a typical cruise ship. Passengers rise at their leisure for breakfast, relax in the Leda Lounge for pre-dinner drinks and a briefing on the next day's destination, then dine in the restaurant whenever they please.
I would recommend Orion for people who may have cruised before and are seeking something a bit different. While still providing the comforts and luxuries of home, Orion Expedition Cruises are perfect for travellers wanting to experience a close-up look at specific destinations with a real emphasis on the culture, flora and fauna of the places they visit.
For more information on Orion cruise ship please contact a Cruiseabout cruise specialist or call on 0800 22 11 00.