This was our 7th adventure cruise with Lindblad and the 4th on the Orion. We chose this trip because it was to a very different part of the world and it was on the Orion which is our favourite Lindblad ship. There are only 100 guests so it is easy to get to know many others
We were not disappointed. We were able to visit some very unique Russian locations and meet some amazing local people who live in very different environment to us.
However the wildlife sightings were out of this world. Our captain and the expedition leader were able to get us very close to amazing sightings of polar bears, walruses and muskox. We went by zodiac very close to cliffs covered in a wide variety of birds. We had whales close to our bow. Wrangel Island has one of the highest concentrations of polar bears in the world.
As with our previous Lindblad trips, the expedition staff were of the highest quality. Their ability to get us the near perfect photos was amazing. On sea days we had fantastic presentations on a variety of subjects.
We love the Orion because the staff are mostly long time employees and they welcome us back, knowing our names and very quickly our food and beverage preferences. The food on the Orion is amazing, so hard to imagine how they produce such innovative meals.
We will be back again I know.
Excellent cabin close to the middle of the ship.