Ocean Magazine : 3 September October 2005
route back to Brisbane. Offering a true adventure, there's the opportunity for passengers to experience the less-visited parts of Australia's World Heritage Reef. Turtles, manta rays, whales, bird life, deserted beaches, clear night skies and the colours of the reef and ocean are only part of what awaits passengers to the GBR. Designed for meetings and presentations, and fully equipped with the latest video, digital and surround sound facilities, the Cosmos lecture theatre seats 90, while the similarly equipped Leda Lounge can accommodate 107. There are breakout areas and also provision to transmit presentations internally into the cabins. The cruises highlight extraordinarily beautiful and remote parts of the vast labyrinth of east coast reefs and islands. From Fraser Island to Thursday Island it's appealing to those who seek to discover the diversity of the reef region whilst enjoying levels of comfort and service expected on a five star 'private super yacht'. Orion's guests can swim or snorkel over pristine coral reefs teeming with tropical fish or step ashore from a Zodiac on to bleached white beaches. Pampered in every way, passengers can enjoy exclusive beach barbecues, reef fishing, and kayaking. There are plenty of shore excursion options including a four wheel drive tour to Lake Mackenzie, a freshwater lake deep in the interior of Fraser Island. An adventure not possible from larger cruise ships is the landing by Zodiac to snorkel or swim at isolated Creal Reef which is a sand spit just 50 metres long in the middle of the Coral Sea. On Lizard Island the tour retraces the footsteps of Captain Cook with a climb to the summit, or a visit to the Marine Research station for a behind the scenes introduction to the reef eco systems. Once on board, guests can appreciate the ambience that is the hallmark of life aboard Orion with first class facilities. With eight categories of accommodation across 53 staterooms and suites, all feature ocean views, the option of queen size or twin beds, fully equipped marble bathrooms with bathrobes and modern amenities like flat screen TV, DVD/CD player (with a DVD selection in the library) internet connection and mini refrigerator. Cruise fares include all meals in a leisurely single sitting in either the dining room or outdoor cafe with menus that feature the freshest of produce accompanied by a selection of fine wines to add to the occasion as well as service by 70 experienced crew members, guest speakers, expedition leaders and on shore activities. The innovative menus are created by multi-award winning chef, Serge Dansereau from Bathers Pavilion in Balmoral and the wine list has a selection of over 60 Australian, New Zealand and French (champagne) wines, across a variation of prices. ocean | 93 Lifestyle at its best with spas, bars and adventurous outdoor activities.
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