M/V Ortelius


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.

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Dates

Voyage Start Duration Cost Us/Dollar
Falkland Islands Exclusive Oct 29, 2018 9 nights / 10 days from US$3,650 to US$5,450
Antarctic Peninsula | Basecamp Ortelius Nov 7, 2018 / Nov 29, 2018 / Dec 18, 2018 / Dec 29, 2018 / Mar 7, 2019 /// Nov 3, 2019 / Dec 5, 2019 11 nights / 12 days from US$7,950 to US$11,950
Weddell Sea – In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters Nov 18, 2018 /// Nov 14, 2019 10 nights / 11 days from US$11,400 to US$14,900
Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands Dec 9, 2018 9 nights / 10 days from US$6,500 to US$14,900
Antarctic Peninsula Feb 6, 2019 10 nights / 11 days from US$7,950 to US$11,700
Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula Feb 16, 2019 19 days / 20 nights from US$14,250 to US$20,500
Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle Mar 18, 2019 13 nights / 14 days from US$8,300 to US$12,500
Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula Dec 16, 2019 18 nights / 19 days from US$13,350 to US$19,450
Antarctica Jan 3, 2020 10 nights / 11 days from US$7,950 to US$11,700
Ross Sea, incl. Helicopters Jan 13, 2020 33 nights / 34 days from US$27,500 to US$39,700
Ross Sea, incl. Helicopters Feb 16, 2020 31 nights / 32 days from US$27,500 to US$39,700