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As a result of the alliance, our guests interact with world-renowned scientists, researchers, explorers, regional experts, and photographers, who serve to enhance every voyage aboard the Lindblad/National Geographic fleet and insures our guests return home inspired by the wonders of the world around us. Our incomparable photography initiative offers an exclusive service—a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor aboard every expedition in our fleet, and a National Geographic photographer is aboard every European departure on National Geographic Orion.
The Lindblad-National Geographic approach to travel—unmatched expedition heritage and excellence, state-of the-art exploration tools, and an unparalleled reputation for commitment to responsible travel—creates an inspiring and educational environment, where our guests become catalysts for change by being inspired, not only by the geographies and cultures we’re exploring, but by the people we meet and learn from along the way.
Our belief is that by exposing adults and children to the wonders of the world, we will help foster the next generation of committed citizens who care about the future of our planet and the civilizations that inhabit it. Our expedition team ensures we abide by all the rules and regulations of the places we visit, and we often institute our own internal programs and initiatives to preserve and protect these places. We embrace the leave-no-trace philosophy, “Take only photographs; leave only footprints.” While we have a strict no-collection policy about the places we go—no shells, no animal fur/feathers, no rocks, no sticks, etc., there is an exception made for the occasional beach trash cleanup.
One of the most important aspects of every Lindblad-National Geographic expedition is the expertise of our knowledgeable staff of specialists who provide talks, guidance ashore, and daily camaraderie. These engaging people will greatly enhance your experience, sharing special insights into areas of the world they know intimately.
Yes, Orion has an open bridge policy. Guests are welcome to visit the bridge to meet our officers and captain and learn about navigation and the extensive equipment located on the bridge. The bridge is always open, unless the captain closes it at his discretion.
Recap is arguably our best-loved Lindblad tradition—Recaps are generally held each evening in the Lounge prior to dinner and include informal presentations by the staff and a lively review of the day’s events involving both staff and guests. At the conclusion of Recap, your expedition leader will review the activity options for the next day.
Internet access is available at an additional charge, and there are several ways to get online. A laptop is available in the library with internet connection. Internet access is also available in your cabin via an Ethernet cable using your own laptop. If your laptop is wireless enabled, you may use it anywhere in the observation lounge or the main lounge. A satellite phone is available for phone calls at additional charge, and an Iridium satellite phone is also available for emergency use.
The voltage on board is 220 volts (plugs are round sockets with two round pins). 110 volt sockets are also available in each bathroom. Adapter plugs are available.
Yes. Passports must be valid for up to 6 months after the return date to the United States.
Yes, everyone on our expedition team speaks English. Some are multi-lingual as well.
If you have a tendency to get seasick, please speak with your physician before the expedition. We also have a physician on each ship.
The shipboard currency is the U.S. dollar. All services and products purchased on board the ship may be paid for by cash, check from U.S. bank, or charge (American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Discover Card).
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water are available throughout the day. Cookies are put out in the afternoon at teatime. And pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres are served in the lounge at daily Recap.
Yes, alcohol is available. And one lovely feature of the Europe 2.0 itineraries is that alcohol aboard Orion will be served free of charge.
All gratuities ashore are included in your expedition cost, and as a special bonus on Europe 2.0 voyages, all onboard tips will be included as well.
For an additional charge, our ship’s professional laundry staff will handle personal laundry and pressing. Laundry can be picked up at your cabin and same day service is available. Dry cleaning is not possible on board.
Throughout your voyage, there is no need for formal clothing, unless you’re inspired to dress up. For the farewell dinner, guests may want to have something slightly dressier, although this is entirely optional. The onboard atmosphere is casual and comfortable, and so is the dress code.