Sneak Peek: Orion II Cruise Ship

Australia-based Orion Expedition Cruises has just released its fully refurbished Clelia II under a new name, Orion II, which will make its inaugural voyage from June 10 to July 4. The 24-night ­­­­trip (from approximately $17,000 for a standard suite to $33,500 for a penthouse suite) departs from Vancouver, British Columbia, and visits Alaska, the Russian Kuril Islands, and Japan.

The 289-foot vessel, which cruises at 15.5 mph, was built by Italy’s Cantieri Navale Ferrari to resemble a megayacht; it accommodates 100 guests in 50 ocean-view suites, and 70 officers and crew members. After its initial journey, the Orion II will be based in Southeast Asia, from where it will depart on trips to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, the Indonesian archipelago, Japan, and Borneo (from about $5,000 to $20,000). Exclusive expeditions also will be available to Antarctica, Asia, Australia’s Kimberley region, the Melanesia islands, and New Zealand. (877.674.6687, www.orionexpeditions.com)

Read Next Article >>
The resort has reopened after being forced closed by Tropical Cyclone Ita…
The 251-year-old French crystal house opens its first hotel…
Photo by Ken Seet
From private-island villas to overwater bungalows, the Maldives offers no shortage of over-the-top...
Photo by Mark Wieland
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples reopened to guests last October after a two-month renovation...
The river cruise line Uniworld will christen the S.S. Catherine, a 159-passenger ship set to sail...
Photo by Roberto Bonardi
The Palazzo, which is set within a former noble residence, celebrates Milan’s architectural...
The historic Knickerbocker hotel reopens as a hotel for the first time in nearly a century…
Photo by Mark Wieland
L’Apogée Courchevel opened in December atop the highest point of a former Olympic ski jump...
Photo by Michelle Chaplow
A new boutique hotel was built on the original site of the Hyde Park Corner tube station...
Photo by Brent Madison
Every one of the resort’s 141 guest accommodations features beautiful ocean views…