Travel to Darwin is by plane.However recommend overland rail travel from
Adelaide to Darwin on the GHAN.
Orion a splendid ship 5 star.
The embarkation process was flawless.Welcome refreshments while undergoing
embarkation formalities.Luggage was taken by porters from your arrival transport and was at your cabin when you boarded.
The suites and cabins are all spacious and very well appointed,1st class,with
excellent steward service.
The ship is magnificent,spotless and well maintained,by a very efficient,
competent and friendly crew.At 4000 tons it is large enough to handle the open
ocean and small enough to anchor close to shore for zodiac and shore excursions.
With a maximum of 100 passengers and 75 crew it is more like a large private
yacht than a cruise ship.
The public areas,lounges,lecture theatre and outdoor areas are very well appointed and large enough to accomodate all passengers at any one time.
Dining aboard was a memorable fine dining experience.Excellent variety and
service, together with an excellent wine list.
The crew from captain thru all hands were extremely competent,always with a smile and willingness to please and accomodate the passengers.
Levels of service were excellent,be it stewards,waiters,bartenders or deck crew.Congratulations to all staff.
Being a small ship entertainment was limited to a very talented duo who provided dance and easy listening music to trivia competitions.All excellent and a lot of fun.
As ORION is an expedition cruise ship and we were visiting a remote area of
Australia,shore excursions and briefings were led and held by an extremely
knowledgeable and informative expedition team.Exploratory walks to visit
ancient aboriginal art sites,waterfalls and other points of intrest.Zodiac
excursions to view flora,fauna and magnificent scenery.Complimented by
refreshments onshore and again on reboarding.A nice touch.Optional helicopter
and fixed wing flights were available to specific sights.
Disembarkation was very well organised,with luggage taken from your cabin
and loaded onto complimentary transportation to hotels airport etc.Each
passenger was presented with a D.V.D of the trip put together by the expedition team.An excellent memento of a wonderful voyage.
A marvellous ship.
Wonderful service and dining.
Skilled expedition team.
Missing ports Darwin Broome