Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas on National Geographic Orion
Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas
Fall under the spell of these seldom-seen wild isles
Remote and enigmatic, the Marquesas are islands that belong to the past. Some of them virtually untouched since the era of European exploration, their isolation has given way to a proud people whose unique Marquesan dialect is a direct link to the ancient Polynesian language of Maohi. Indeed, it is believed locally that the spirits of the ancient Maohi live
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Built in Germany by the Cassens shipyard, the 102-guest National Geographic Orion was created with a high-ice class to be able to venture safely into polar regions. A ship of her size is seldom built with such ice-cutting ability, which makes her a rarity. She is yacht-scale, yet rugged enough to venture far afield, making her a perfect addition to the Lindblad fleet, which she joined in 2013. Her size and nimbleness offer the perfect combination of safety and liberty to voyage untrammeled locations. In fact, Orion currently holds the distinction of having sailed further south than any other Lindblad vessel.
Her menu, created by famed Australian chef, Serge Dansereau, owner of Sydney’s acclaimed Bather’s Pavilion restaurant, enormously popular with Orion’s guests, so impressed Sven Lindblad, that Serge, a chef-owner who shared the Lindblad commitment to serving local and sustainable food, was enlisted to design the dining program for the entire Lindblad-National Geographic fleet.
Orion is gracious and intimate, with a rewarding, almost clubby feeling. Of her many amenities and features, the most appealing is her outside deck space which beckons in the balmy reaches of the Pacific, and on those days in Antarctica when the midnight sun and the spectacle of the ice makes going indoors, let alone going to bed, impossible.
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
Teams that do whatever it take ...
|1||Depart U.S. / Papeete, French Polynesia|
|2||Papeete, French Polynesia/Bora Bora/Embark|
|3-5||At Sea / Tuamotu Archipelago|
|6-7||At Sea/Tahuata, Marquesas|
|8||Nuku Hiva, Marquesas|
|9||Exploring the Marquesas Islands|
|10||Hiva Oa, Marquesas|
|11||Fatu Hiva, Marquesas|
|12-14||At Sea/Tuamotu Archipelago|