Hondius is one of the first-registered Polar Class 6 civilian vessel in the world, meeting the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Surpassing the requirements of the Polar Code adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Hondius represents the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions, thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.
Not only will the numerous amenities and on-board entertainments help make your Hondius voyage truly memorable, this ship also gives you the peace of mind that comes with choosing one of the most environmentally friendly vessel on the polar seas. Hondius uses LED lighting, steam heating, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, and state-of-the-art power management systems that keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels minimal. This means that when you sail aboard Hondius, you get to enjoy the exotic landscapes and wildlife as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible.
One deck consists of a large observation lounge and separate lecture room, which are reserved for a wide variety of interactive workshops, exhibitions, and performances particular to Hondius. Although it is elegantly designed in stylish mid-century modern décor, this vessel remains faithful to the cozy and informal atmosphere characteristic of our expeditions.
Our top priority is taking advantage of every wildlife and terrain opportunity as it occurs. To keep our itineraries flexible and our response time rapid, Hondius is equipped with advanced stabilizers and two main engines capable of powering the vessel up to 15 knots. But Hondius sacrifices no warmth to achieve its keen polar edge: You will have 72 crew and staff members (including expedition and hotel staff) at your service while on board, ensuring that what little time you do spend on the ship you will spend comfortably entertained.

Ship Specifications

  • Passengers: 176 in 83 cabins
  • Staff & Crew: 72
  • Length: 107.6 meters
  • Breadth: 17.6 meters
  • Draft: 5.30 meters
  • Ice class: Polar Class 6 (equivalent 1A-Super)
  • Displacement: 5,590 tonnes
  • Propulsion: 2 x ABC main engines; total 4,200 kW
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Registered: The Netherlands
  • New build 2019

Cabins & Amenities

• All cabins and suites have private facilities & exterior views
• Flatscreen TV, Hair dryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe, Desk & chair in every cabin
• Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
• One spacious Suite (35 square meters/377 square feet)
• Six Grand Suites with balconies (27 square meters/291 square feet)
• Eight Junior Suites (19 to 20 square meters/205 to 215 square feet)
• Eight Superior Cabins (20 to 21 square meters/215 to 226 square feet)
• 11 Twin Deluxe Cabins (19 to 21 square meters/205 to 226 square feet)
• 14 Twin Window Cabins (12 to 14 square meters/129 to 151 square feet)
• 28 Twin Porthole Cabins, 2 Triple Porthole Cabins, and 4 Quadruple Porthole Cabins that vary in size from 12 to 18 square meters, or 129 to 194 square feet.


• Cozy and informal atmosphere
• High-quality accommodation in different cabin types
• Large Observation Lounge
• Lecture Room
• International cuisine with professional Chef onboard
• Environmentally friendly
• Safe landing operations for all passengers at the same time
• Polar Library
• Giftshop


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