The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land.
Ortelius was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, was named “Marina Svetaeva”, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel is re-flagged and renamed “Ortelius”. As Plancius, Ortelius was a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed.
The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. Ortelius” is a great expedition vessel for 100 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces and a very large bridge which is accessible to the passengers. The vessel is manned by 34 highly experienced Russian nautical crew, 15 international catering staff, including stewardesses, 6 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 5 guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor.
Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 100 on the Ortelius, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. Boots are available for loan.
Deck 4 was completely refurbished in May 2016.
Deck 5 was completely refurbished in May 2014.

Ideal for
Exploring remote locations
Maneuvering through pack ice
Bird watching
Helicopter landings

Cabins & Amenities

  • All cabins with exterior view (porthole or window) and private facilities
  • Two restaurants
  • Bar / Observation Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Internet access
  • Hairdryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Stabilizers for smooth sailing
  • 11 zodiacs onboard

Ship Specifications

  • Passengers: 116 in 53 cabins
  • Staff & crew: 52
  • Length: 90.95 meters
  • Breadth: 17.20 meters
  • Draft: 5.4 meters
  • Ice class: UL1 (Equivalent to 1A)
  • Displacement: 4575 tonnes
  • Propulsion: 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
  • Speed: 14.3 knots maximum

Inclusions & Exclusions

•All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
•All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
•Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
•Free use of rubber boots.
•Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
•All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
•Comprehensive pre-departure material.
•Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights;
•Pre- and post-land arrangements;
•Passport and visa expenses;
•Government arrival and departure taxes;
•Meals ashore;
•Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended);
•Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).