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December 11, 2008

Orion Introduces “New Voyages of Discovery”

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Australian cruise line Orion Expedition Cruises is debuting eight new Voyages of Discovery for 2009. The new itineraries allow guests aboard the MV Orion, the worlds latest purpose-built luxury expedition ship, to access the inaccessible and travel to remote and hidden islands, pristine beaches, active volcanoes and exotic villages on voyages to Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Asia, New Zealand and the Sub-Antarctic.

Some highlights:

New Guinea Island Adventure
(11 nights, March/April) Spectacular diving, pristine beaches, and ancient tropical fjords are the focus of this voyage, which travels to the remote Lamassa and Duke of York Islands, known for their natural beauty and friendly locals.
The MV Orion will be the first cruise ship to ever stop at Lambom

Bay of Islands and Norfolk Island Discovery
(10 nights, March/April) Embarking at Auckland, this voyage meanders through the South Pacific, leading ultimately to multicultural Port Vila, Vanuatu, after stops in the Bay of Islands, historic Norfolk Island, the picturesque Isles of Pines, remote Anatom and Tanna, with its active volcano.

Melanesian Island Discovery
(9 nights, March/April) Guests on this journey can watch the megapodes lay their eggs on Savo and snorkel around the wreck of the World Discoverer (2001) at Nggela Island. Explore Malakula with its tribal culture untouched by modern civilization, and Marovo Lagoon before arriving in the flooded volcanic caldera of SimpsonHarbour, Rabaul. RabaulHarbour is dominated by Mt.Tavurvur, a spectacular active volcano that in the 1990s erupted and covered RabaulTownship with fall out. Today it still erupts every few minutes.

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