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Under the Southern Cross - New Zealand to Melanesia

16 Day National Geographic Orion cruise A$18,950 per person twin share
Departs 16 Dec 22, other dates available

Sale Period

until sold out


16 Day National Geographic Orion cruise
per person twin shareDeparts 16 Dec 22, other dates available

Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic 


About Lindblad Expeditions- Inspiring people to explore and protect the planet

Building on a legacy of over 50 years as a leader in responsible travel and sustainability, Lindblad is a 100% carbon neutral company committed to green business operations and preserving our planet for future generations. Lindblad has raised more than $19 million from curious and committed travelers since 1997 to protect the ocean, conserve wildlife, bolster local communities, and enable meaningful scientific research. By bringing travelers face-to-face with wildness and inspiring them to care.

Lindblad’s teams will do whatever it takes to ensure you unforgettable experiences. Whether it’s manning the spotting scopes all night to ensure a polar bear sighting, orchestrating a landing at an extraordinary wildlife site to coincide with a magnificent sunrise, or sending wait staff out with gourmet ice cream bars to refresh you as you explore a Polynesia atoll, their commitment creates thrilling moments for you.

Under the Southern Cross - New Zealand to Melanesia

Following in the wake of Captain Cook, journey from New Zealand’s North Island to the Solomon Sea. Delve into a fascinating history of intrepid explorers, convicts, and traders, and learn about the rich cultures of the Maori and the Melanesians. Examine traditional carved houses and ancient caves and meet villagers on some of the most remote islands of the South Pacific. Along the way, don your snorkel and fins to discover incredible coral reefs and lagoons.

  • Encounter an impressive diversity of cultures from the Maori of the Bay of Islands to the spear dancers of the Solomons, and delve into their artistic and spiritual traditions

  • Venture to the former penal colony of Norfolk Island, now a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting the unusual trees called Norfolk Island pines

  • See the stunning limestone geology of New Caledonia at Isle of Pines and visit a cave filled with primitive tree ferns

  • Visit important World War II sites, including the wreck of the S.S. President Coolidge and the Battle of Guadalcanal

  • Come ashore at Tikopia. Meet the local chiefs of the traditional villages and learn about the cyclone that almost devastated the island in 2002—without any loss of life

  • See the fantastic fishing canoes of the people of Utupua and take a Zodiac ride along their mangrove-studded lagoon

  • Day 1 - Auckland - Overnight Hotel
    Day 2 - Auckland - Embark National Geographic Orion
    Day 3 - Bay of Islands
    Day 4 - At Sea
    Day 5 - Norfolk Island
    Day 6 - At Sea
    Day 7 - Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
    Day 8 - Port Vila/Lelepa, Vanuatu
    Day 9 - Ambrym
    Day 10 - Espiritu Santo
    Day 11 - Loh Island, Torres Group
    Day 12 - Tikopia, Solomon Islands
    Day 13 - Utupua
    Day 14 - Owaraha Island
    Day 15 - Honiara/Disembark/Brisbane
    Day 16 - Depart Brisbane
Cost Includes: Accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew. 

Category 1 - Main Deck From A$18,950 per person twin share
Category 2 - Main Deck from A$22,990 per person twin share
Category 3 - Suite with Window - Upper Deck from A$26,650 per person twin share
Category 5 - Suite with French Balcony - Bridge Deck from A$35,470 per person twin share

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