Orion joins the Lindblad fleet. // © 2013 Lindblad Expeditions
Lindblad Expeditions, the U.S.-based small ship expedition company that partners with the National Geographic Society for expedition cruising, is buying Orion Expedition Cruises, the Australia-based five-star small ship cruise line.
The 102-guest Orion will become part of Lindblad’s fleet in March 2014, when it becomes the National Geographic Orion, and will offer new itineraries designed to blend the interests of the U.S. and Australian markets with the Lindblad’s expertise. The acquisition will increase passenger capacity for Lindblad by 18 percent.
“Following two straight years of record revenues, it was the natural progression for company growth,” said Sven Lindblad, president and founder.
Orion’s operations will continue to run out of the company's Sydney, Australia, office. Additional details regarding U.S. sales, itineraries and onboard experiences will be released in the coming months.