National Geographic to Norway and the Arctic..It was the nicest ship with the most amazing crew ever to sail the seas...
The food was outstanding and varied every day..The bar, hot tub, bridge, bow and observation room/library were top notch.
There is not a bad thing to say about the Orion and her crew.
The National Geographic Naturalists and Leaders on the ship rated from fair to outstanding..Some seemed bored to be with us...some were so fresh, excited and fun to be around..Some of the time, we felt like we came second to the time they spent promoting the NG product, taking pictures and video with several naturalists while we had to wait our turn for shore and zodiac excursions because the guides were tied up with the "promo" stuff..
For the price we paid, we feel that we should have had more time in kayaks, zodiacs and on shore, instead of waiting for the other group to return...there were 87 passengers...and 8 naturalists..so I think we could have had more time off the ship if they were available to us.
The Journey through the fjords and up to Svalbard and beyond was a dream...I cannot wait to do it again on the Orion. The ship and it's crew were amazing and our cabin was like a 5 star hotel..
Our cabin was a suite with a balcony and it was lovely, clean, fresh and large enough for 2 of us with all our gear for an Arctic adventure..Antonio, who took care of our floor was outstanding...Our room was cleaned 2 times a day and was always perfect..Need a different pillow, not a problem...Soap too smelly, new soap..Bed was so comfy we slept better than we have ever slept..Small sitting area by door and double set of blackout curtains which we needed in the summer Arctic..