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National Geographic Orion visits Rarotonga

Tuesday 4 April 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Travel

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National Geographic Orion visits Rarotonga
The National Geographic Orion Cruise ship docked at Avatiu harbour in 2015. Photo: KIA ORANA VALUES/23040307

The National Geographic Orion – an authentic expedition ship, purpose-built for exploring the South Pacific and its surrounding regions – arrived in Rarotonga on Saturday.

It was its second call to Rarotonga since 2015, says Cook Islands Ports Authority harbour master John Jessie.

Jessie said: “As other cruise ships, they visit our beautiful tropical island and explore the nature of our island culture, the island itself and snorkel in our crystal-clear ocean.”

The ship arrived here from Apia, Samoa and left for Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

According to National Geographic, the ship which accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins takes travellers to little-known waters and isles in the South Pacific, Australia, and Indonesia to experience each location’s natural and cultural wonders up close. 

It is equipped with kayaks and Zodiac landing craft, diving and snorkelling gear, and sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world.

The vessel has certified photography instructor, a video chronicler, a full-time doctor, an elevator, a fitness centre, a spa treatment room, a sauna, and laundry service. Wi-Fi is available in cabins and public spaces. Two dive masters also accompany the South Pacific voyages.