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orion_-_japan-edit.jpgAfter undergoing a multi-million dollar refurbishment, the 100-passenger, all-suite Clelia II has been showing off her new look on the Great Lakes this summer – but it will be the last time the vessel sails these waters. Orion Expeditions made a surprising announcement last fall that beginning in May 2011, the company would begin a long-term charter of the Celia II under the name Orion II. Now that the 2011 brochure has been released – it’s official – and customers are getting an idea as to what the new ship has to offer.

On June 18, Orion II will make its grand debut on the “Natural Treasures of the Russian Far East,” itinerary ? which looks to be an experience of a lifetime. The schedule is chock full of volcanic islands, remote beaches, and opportunitie to witness wildlife – such as brown bears and the massive Steller’s sea eagle – in their natural habitat along the Zhupanova River. The ship embarks from Kushiro, Japan, on a 10-night odyssey to Petropavlovsk, Russia and covers a corner of the globe that is often overlooked. Stateroom rates start at $6,930 a person.


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After a series of cruises focusing on the Inland Sea of Japan, for the second half of 2011, Orion II will call on ports in Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, and Cambodia (among others). For more information, or to view the rest of the recently released 2011 schedule, visit www.orionexpeditions.com. Interested in sailing the Clelia II before it changes hands? Check out this summer offer from Sherman’s Travel Magazine.


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