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Journeys : April May 2010
Orion Expedition Cruises An invitation to explore the Orion is one you don't turn down! So the opportunity to sample the delights of this fantastic ship and hear about her expedition cruise itineraries was one that we were only too happy to accept and share with some lucky clients. If you are looking for lux urious adventure cruising with culture, wildlife, scenery, education and history, Orion Expedition Cruises could be just the thing for you. Their slogan 'the path less-travelled' sums up the philosophy that underpins this unique Australian cruising company. With a maximum of 100 passengers and 75 staff to see to their every whim, high- end Australian cuisine in an inform al, rela xed atmosphere and luxurious tradition al staterooms with good-size marble bathrooms, this kind of adventure is a far cry from roughing it! Orion is always in the right place at the right time. The diverse range of itineraries includes PNG and Melanesia, experiencing live volcanoes and villages untouched by tourism; the m agnificent Kimberly coast, with unprecedented access to ancient Aboriginal rock art and waterfalls; and the delights of the Spice and Forgotten Islands with their unique blend of flora and fauna beside ancient cultures. In direct contrast, the ice-strengthened hull of the Orion allows access to the Antarctic Continent, New Zealand and the subantarctic islands. Only two departures ex Hobart per year operate to the Antarctic, to take advantage of the best possible weather and enable a richer experience. Orion Expedition Cruises lets you visit this magnificent wild continent, walk in the footsteps of expeditioners at Mawson's Hut and experience the wildlife, icebergs and sheer raw power of Antarctica. The ship's public areas are spacious enough to seat all guests at the same time, with plenty of other covered and uncovered outdoor deck areas to relax and view the passing scenery. Whether you're taking it easy in the deck-top spa with a champagne in hand, whiling away some time in the well-stocked library, or enjoying a massage, Orion offers all the joys of a large cruise ship with a level of intimacy and personal ser vice that is tr uly special. In addition to the luxury appointments of this ship, the multi-media lecture theatre provides a fantastic venue for the in-depth presentations offered by specialists such as marine biologists or historians who travel with the cruise. The stateroom are luxurious, with fine linen, fluffy bathrobes, ample storage space and stylish fittings. Balcony and Ships we've seen Orion, Antarctica Oceana Nautica April / May 10 52
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