Orion Expedition Cruises christens ship

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Orion Expedition Cruises christened its Orion II luxury ship in Seattle last week.

The 100-passenger vessel, formerly the Clelia II operated by Great Lakes Cruising of Ann Arbor, Mich., underwent a $19 million renovation. It joins the Sydney-based company’s 106-passenger Orion.

Prior to its inaugural 24-day voyage from Vancouver to Otaru, Japan, Orion II sailed up the West Coast visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle for a series of trade and consumer events. The naming ceremony in Seattle featured three godmothers, all past passengers of Orion.

From Otaru, the ship will operate a 14-night Russian Far East cruise on July 4, followed by sailings to the Inland Sea of Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. The Orion II then will begin a series of 10-night itineraries around Borneo.

Later in 2011, Orion II will cruise to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

New York-based David Morris International is handling U.S. sales and marketing for Orion Expedition Cruises.

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