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National Geographic Orion Cruise Review
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National Geographic Orion Cruise Review by Tilikum

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2018
  • Destination: Antarctica

Cruising with Linblad/Nat Geo was as opportunity to observe wildlife on the 7th Continent while having naturalist readily available to answer questions. Captain Martin Graser and his bridge crew were readily available, friendly and professional. They were also instrumental in spotting wildlife.

We enjoyed exploring the departure cities of Santiago and Ushuaia. The cities of Sewell and Valparaiso were educational experiences that we elected to visit by arriving to Chile a few days early.

The onboard WiFi did not work a couple days at sea and upon return to Ushuaia, the day before disembarking.

The land excursions were a blast. It was great to get some exercise, as well as observe wildlife up close. Being able to walk on fast ice while the ship was parked on it was a pleasant surprise.

Upon return to the ship after the land excursions we cleaned our boots in sheep dip. Please ensure any chemicals used are DO NOT organophosphates (OP). "The majority of former sheep dips investigated to date are contaminated with persistent dip chemicals at levels that are hazardous to humans, livestock and the environment. Arsenic and the organochlorine pesticide dieldrin are the two main contaminants found at sheep dips sites." Upon return to the ship, all passengers step in to the sheep dip and then walk through the ship to our cabins. This causes the sheep dip to be carried throughout the ship. Even more disconcerting, the ship's crew is exposed to the OP's for longer periods since they stay on the ship for multiple trips.

Please closely inspect the food during loading and preparation. A mosquito was found in a lunch dish and a green inch worm was found in a dinner soup. The dinner host was informed.

Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The waiting area at the Holiday Inn upon return to Santiago was greatly appreciated.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Dual 320

The room was very well maintained. It was the perfect size considering so little time was spent in the room. The TV program option did not work, but again, we spent very little time in our room. The movie options and documentary programs were great. The outside Antarctic scenery was our favorite thing to watch from the bow or from the lounge when it was windy. Quickly, the windows were covered in sea salt and that made it difficult to spot wildlife from inside.

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Very educational!

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