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National Geographic Orion Renovation

by Audrey Vaughan

Lindblad Expeditions has announced that National Geographic Orion will undergo renovations to two public spaces during dry dock this September.  The renovations will be made to the Main Lounge and the Observation Lounge, and are being redesigned to better serve the dynamic, learning-oriented community of guests and staff aboard.

The renovations are being done by ICF Singapore, a world leader in interior ship design, and will be completed in time for the September 16, 2014 Wild Encounters from Borneo to Bali expedition.

Renovations include:
•    The current library will be removed from The Lounge, providing an additional 20% of space that will enable seating now for all guests and expedition team at once.    
•    The Lounge will feature a “circle of truth” in the center (as on National Geographic Explorer), which will serve as the focal area for all presentations and recap discussions by the ship’s expedition team and experts.
•    A newly designed bar.
•    Updating of all furnishings and carpets in a modern, expedition style.
•    Upgrade of all audio and visual functions including large high definition flat screens and contemporary audio system.
•    The Observation Lounge will undergo a complete refurbishment and layout change, and will feature an intimate library, nautical chart table, and a self-serve beverage station.

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic launched the 102-guest National Geographic Orion in March 2014. While she has retained all her state-of-the-art comforts, the ship was equipped with a full roster of exploration tools including tandem kayaks, an innovative ROV (remotely operated vehicle reaching depths up to 1,000 feet), snorkeling gear, a dive master, scuba gear that can accommodate up to 24 divers at a time and a glass bottom boat.

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