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Join your fellow Inspirato members as we embark on the adventure of a lifetime to one of the most remote—and most breathtaking—corners of the Earth. It’s landscape virtually untouched by humans, where whales breach the icy waters, leopard seals roll on the ice, and penguins nest, feed, frolic, and swim.
Aboard the National Geographic Orion, you'll travel in comfort and safety even as we traverse one of the world’s most inhospitable landscapes. Fourteen on-board Zodiacs offer quick transport from the ship for shore excursions or getting an up-close look at various wildlife. Return from a day of exploration to enjoy complimentary cocktails in the lounge, or relax in the LEXspa and sauna. Crew members and guest speakers offer presentations throughout the journey to give you an expert perspective on the region and its animal inhabitants even as you witness them firsthand. Take advantage of the “open bridge “ policy to share the captain's view and chat with the officers and crew.
The unique magnificence of Antarctica makes it one of the ultimate bucket-list destinations for any traveler with an adventurous spirit. Check it off yours in style. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
You'll venture to terrain few people ever explore with hikes across snow, ice and rock. To ensure everyone can explore, hikes will be available for various fitness levels, so that you might hike an incline to discover what waits at the top and enjoy an incredible view or simply wander the shoreline to observe wildlife near the landing site.
Zodiac excursions are one of the trip's highlights because they give passengers of the incredible access to area wildlife, taking you up close to whales, penguins and more. Groups of 12 to 14 people can reach areas inaccessible by a large ship, visit shorelines teeming with wildlife, or venture far into the ocean to observe wildlife up close.
You'll feel like you have discovered the area yourself as you set out in a kayak to explore the icy contours of this frozen world. Get up close to frolicking penguins and other wildlife (if available) in the ship's sturdy, safe kayaks, which you can man on your own or with another adventurer. You'll receive kayak lessons, and the ship's crew will help you get in and out.
The expedition leader and expert naturalists will give you a more comprehensive and in-depth look at Antarctica and its inhabitants throughout your expedition. Guest speakers and historians will add another dimension to your experience with their diverse and deep knowledge of the area and its rich history.
While we cannot guarantee that you see every animal, here's a partial list of the wildlife typically encountered on an expedition aboard the National Geographic Orion. You may see thousands of penguins, and at this time of year, you're likely to see the babies hatching. There are also leopard seals, crabeater seals, killer whales and sperm whales.
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