Orion II Sets Off On Maiden Voyage From Vancouver / Will Be Replaced On The Great Lakes in 2012

Australian-based Orion Expedition Cruises’ new Orion II leaves Vancouver today on her 24-night maiden voyage to Otaru, Japan, in Hokkaido. Along the way she will make calls at several ports in Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, Russia’s Kuril Islands and Sakhalin. With her 64-person crew serving only 100 guests, this gives her one of the highest guest-to-crew ratios in the industry.

During 2010, the Orion II was operated by Travel Dynamics of New York, as the Clelia II (she was named after Clelia Haji-Ioannou, Stelios’s sister) on a summer-long season of Great Lakes cruises between Toronto and Duluth. The Orion herself, the ship Orion II joins in the Orion Expedition Cruises fleet, also operated summer cruises in the Great Lakes, so this is the second time that Orion Expedition Cruises have “nicked” a cruise ship from the Great Lakes.

All is not lost, however, as Travel Dynamics will soon be announcing another cruise ship for the Great Lakes in 2012, with a capacity for 130 passengers, or about a third more than the previous two ships. Details will follow shortly.

Fore more details on Orion Expedition Cruises, Travel Dynamics, small ship cruising,  or cruising the Great Lakes please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.