This was a cruise of the Baltic Sea. Chose this cruise because we had never been to that part of the world. Embarked in Stockholm and cruised to the Finnish coast (where we hiked and kayaked in a remote area); then on to St. Petersburg, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and ending in Copenhagen. The historians and naturalists on board lectured about the history of the region and particularly how affected countries broke from Soviet control. There was also an ethnomusicologist on board who introduced us passengers to the music of the countries we visited by arranging for attendance at performances. This trip included anything from the bar; wine flowed at cocktail time and at dinner. Service on the Orion was impeccable, meals beautifully served, offering meat, fish, and poultry selections. Breakfast and lunch are buffets with a wide variety of hot dishes and cold salads. Ship holds just 100 passengers and has a small fitness center, a library, and an outdoor restaurant if weather permits. A minor criticism is that chairs in the lounge and library/observation area are straight, hard, and uncomfortable.
Cabin is spacious with plenty of closet and drawer space. Very comfortable queen bed. Bath has plenty of shelf space and large shower. Some quirky things about the bath: 1) although there are dispensers of hand soap, bath gel, shampoo, and conditioner, bar soap was not provided; 2) except for a single-use container of lotion, hand and body cream or lotion is not supplied (as it is on other Lindblad ships); 3 )magnifying mirror is fixed so high that it becomes unusable for short people (it should have been installed on an adjustable rod); and 4) comfortable robes are provided, but no slippers (as on other Lindblad ships).