The one where we farewelled Orion II after her first season…

Orion Expedition Cruises will return Orion II to its owners at the completion of its first charter season in November this year, citing dissatisfaction with aspects of the vessel’s performance as the reason behind the move.

“We have not been satisfied with some performance aspects such as the fuel efficiency of the vessel and therefore have decided to return the ship at the completion of the first charter term,” Orion Expedition Cruises founder and managing director Sarina Bratton commented.

In a statement released this week, Ms Bratton anticipates the announcement of another vessel soon but does not expect it soon enough to offer voyages to Asia and the Far East in 2013.

“If planning to visit these destinations then 2012 is the year to do this.”

“We have managed to accumulate a great deal of local knowledge and pioneered some remarkable remote destinations across Asia through investments in resource, time and money. This knowledge will see us return as soon as possible.”

Orion II will still offer expeditions to the Yangtze Delta, Shanghai to Tawau, Java and the temples of Borobudur for the remainder of this year.

Originally published for e-Travel Blackboard.

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