New York, NY, April 2013 ‐‐‐ Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic will begin a new chapter in exploration that opens up the vast new geography of the South Pacific when the 102-guest National Geographic Orion is officially launched in March 2014. An inaugural series of three remarkable voyages have been created that will explore unusual cultures, beautiful islands and some of the world’s finest diving and snorkeling.
The newest addition to the Lindblad fleet, National Geographic Orion will be newly equipped with a full roster of exploration tools including kayaks, a state-of the-art ROV (remote operated vehicle reaching depths up to 1,000 feet), full snorkeling gear for all, and a SCUBA program that can accommodate up to 24 divers at a time. The expedition team will resemble the National Geographic Explorer, and will feature a National Geographic photographer on most departures.
The three special inaugural sailings include:
Exploring Papua New Guinea & the Islands of Vanuatu & the Solomons: Embark in Auckland, New Zealand and set off on an epic voyage in the wake of Captain Cook. Delve into a fascinating history of intrepid explorers, convicts, headhunters, and traders as we explore Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, and the Torres Strait. In Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, don your scuba and snorkel gear to discover incredible coral reefs and lagoons, revisit World War II history, and get to know vibrant island cultures. Cap off the journey snorkeling or diving Australia’s crown jewel: the Great Barrier Reef. The voyage departs March 19, 2014 for 25 days/22 nights. Rates begin at $25,390 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
The Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea & Micronesia: Immerse yourself in some of the most pristine marine habitats on the planet. Experience the biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef and snorkel among hundreds of surreal, stingless jellyfish in Palau. Encounter the vestiges of World War II battles in Papua New Guinea and Micronesia, and get acquainted with the rich and diverse cultures of the South Pacific. The voyage departs April 9, 2014 for 22 days/19 nights. Rates begin at $19,990 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
Voyage to the Spice Islands & the Coral Triangle: Scattered across the tropical seas like gems, the islands of eastern Indonesia are fringed with white‐sand beaches, karst pinnacles, and some of the most pristine coral reef systems in the world. Sail south from Palau to the Moluccas archipelago—once known as the Spice Islands. Witness the world’s richest marine biodiversity in Raja Ampat, discover the legacy of the Dutch East India Company in the Banda Islands, and experience island cultures from West Papua to Timor. The expedition departs April 27, 2014 for 17 days/14 nights. Rates begin at $14,730 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
For more information or to book your Lindblad Expeditions‐National Geographic experience today, call your travel agent, visit www.expeditions.com or call 1‐800‐EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348).
About Lindblad Expeditions‐National Geographic
Lindblad Expeditions‐National Geographic, pioneers in expedition travel, offers voyages in the Galápagos, Antarctica, the Arctic, Baja California, Alaska, Costa Rica, Panama, the Amazon, Asia & Pacific, Africa, Europe and beyond. The companies work in alliance to inspire travelers to explore and care about the planet. Their collaboration in exploration, research, technology, and conservation provides extraordinary travel experiences and disseminates geographic knowledge around the globe. Lindblad Expeditions‐National Geographic has won numerous awards and accolades, most recently in 2012: “#1 Small Ship Cruise Line (Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Family Awards); Top Small Ship Cruise Lines (Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards); Top Small Ship Lines (Conde Nast Traveler’s Best in the World Cruise Lines); Top 20 Small Ships: National Geographic Endeavour and National Geographic Explorer (Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Poll); “Best for Adventure” (Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards), and “#1 Best Expedition Cruise Line (Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards).
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