The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Departures between: June - September and November - April

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Ortelius in pack ice, Spitsbergen © Arjen Drost-Oceanwide Expeditions Ortelius in pack ice, Spitsbergen © Arjen Drost-Oceanwide Expeditions Enlarge image
Ortelius in pack ice, Spitsbergen © Arjen Drost-Oceanwide Expeditions

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  • Ortelius in pack ice, Spitsbergen © Arjen Drost-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Bar / observation lounge © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Bar / observation lounge © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • m/v Ortelius © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Buffet area © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Buffet area © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Dining room m/v Ortelius © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • m/v Ortelius @ Cuverville © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • m/v Ortelius @ Orne Island © Elke Lindner-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Lecture room © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • Lecture room © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • m/v Ortelius in pack ice © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • m/v Ortelius bridge © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • m/v Ortelius bridge © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • m/v Ortelius upper deck © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • m/v Ortelius deck & safety © Oceanwide Expeditions
  • m/v Ortelius in Spitsbergen © Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
  • m/v Ortelius in the Ross Sea © Oceanwide Expeditions

Specifications

  • Passengers: 116 in 53 cabins
  • Staff & crew: 47
  • Length: 91.25 meters
  • Breadth: 17.61 meters
  • Draft: 5.8 meters
  • Ice class: UL1 (Equivalent to 1A)
  • Displacement: 4575 tonnes
  • Propulsion: 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
  • Speed: 14.3 knots maximum

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The Ship

History

“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”. “Ortelius” is classed by Lloyd’s Register in London and flies the Cyprus flag.As Plancius, Ortelius was a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, theTheatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed.

Perfect for any expedition

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 116 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces. The vessel is manned by 20 highly experienced international nautical crew, 19 international hotel crew, including stewardesses, 7 expedition staff in Antarctica (1 expedition leader and 6 guides/lecturers), for the Arctic we will have 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 7 guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor.

Comfort and character

”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room. 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 116 on the “Ortelius”, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. “Ortelius” carries 11 zodiacs of which 9 are in use and 2 on reserve. The zodiac engines are 60hp Yamaha.

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Hear it from the experts

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The wild expanses of the Arctic and the Antarctic

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Hear it from our customers

— Daniela & Alessandro, 54, Milan, Italy

Polar bears, pack-ice and first long amazing sunset in a beautiful sunny day. The greatest emotions.

Daniela & Alessandro, 54, Milan, Italy

— Renata & Barbara, 41, Italian & American

Everyone on board the Ortelius was so friendly and helpful. The trip was really great.

Renata & Barbara, 41, Italian & American
 

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