Friday 27 September 2013

Ten Good Reasons to Visit the Kimberley

Experience the difference - ten reasons to choose National Geographic Orion to explore the Kimberley in 2014

With nearly 50 years experience travel with Lindblad Expeditions, the multi-award winning company that originated expedition cruising National Geographic Orion re-equipped with new tools for exploration including an underwater camera, hydrophone and video microscope 12 Zodiacs provide the perfect expedition craft for this region, being rugged, reliable and comfortable Expanded expedition team - up to 9 Kimberley region and veteran naturalists interact with guests to reveal the fascinating geology, marine biology, ancient art and modern and ancient histories. A top National Geographic Photographer and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on board for all sailings to assist and guide in taking better photographs Highest staff to guest ratio of any expedition ship in the Kimberley Includes complimentary flightseeing of the Bungle Bungle ranges Indigenous caretakers of Wandjina rock art at Raft Point share stories of the dreamtime with Orion'sguests EC3 Green Globe eco-certified ship and operations Fares start from AU$7,965 per person based on twin share - 15% less than our 2013 season brochure fare.

Recognised and awarded for environmental responsibility, National Geographic Orion provides the highest standards of onboard comfort, service and expedition experiences. For 2014, adding additional expedition tools provides an even wider range of exploratory options for guests.

More members for the expedition team, 9 for the Kimberley, mean every Zodiac excursion will have a team member on board to explain the highlights of the day, plus a National Geographic Photographer and Lindblad-National Geographic Certified photo instructor to assist guests with important aspects of capturing and enhancing the photos guests return home with.

MV Orion in the Kimberley

Adding a hydrophone and video microscope provides other opportunities for scientific exploration and discovery, exciting ways to see and hear the world around us.

A voyage on National Geographic Orion continues to include a complimentary Bungle Bungles scenic flight as part of the expedition experience, yet despite maintaining the high standards onboard and enhanced expedition experiences Kimberley fares for 2014 have been reduced by around 15% compared with 2013.

With just 9 expeditions planned for the 2014 Kimberley season voyages will fill quickly, so book sooner rather than run the risk of disappointment later.

Additional background

Established in 1979, Lindblad Expeditions is a U.S. based small ship expedition company which partners with the National Geographic Society. The expedition cruise ship Orion, rechristened as National Geographic Orion, will join Lindblad's existing fleet starting with March 2014 itineraries.

Lindblad Expeditions owns six ships: National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endeavour, National Geographic Sea Bird, National Geographic Sea Lion and National Geographic Islander. In addition, Lindblad operates four seasonal charters - Delfin II, Lord of the Glens, Jahan, and Sea Cloud for seasonal expeditions.

Destinations include the Arctic, Antarctica, Alaska, Baja California, Costa Rica and Panama, Galapagos, the Amazon, New Zealand, Africa, Europe, the Mediterranean, Pacific Northwest, South America, Caribbean and beyond.

Lindblad Expeditions has a strong affinity with the environment with the belief that a traveller's own individual experience can be life-changing - leading to greater understanding, appreciation and stewardship of a place on earth. ( )

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