M/V Ortelius

“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.

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 22 highly experienced international nautical crew, 19 international hotel crew, 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader, 1 assistant expedition leader and 6 guides/lecturers), and 1 doctor.

”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with a u-shaped, a bar and a 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 10 zodiacs. The zodiac engines are 60hp Yamaha.

Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula

from $9650

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Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula

Aboard the M/V Ortelius with the chance to hike, kayak, and dive in the iceberg-heavy waters. The cruise passes through waters traveled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales.

12 Days and 11 Nights


Price based on twin porthole cabin. 

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • 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 and snowshoes.
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Not Included

International and domestic airfare



  • Passengers:  116 in 53 cabins
  • Staff & crew:  52
  • Length:  90.95 meters/298 feet
  • Breadth:  17.2 meters/56 feet
  • Ice Class:  UL1 (equivalent to 1A)
  • Speed:  14.5 knots maximum

The vessel offers simple but comfortable cabins and public spaces

• 4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins)

• 2 triple porthole cabins with bunk beds (these can also be used as quads or twin cabins)

• 27 twin porthole cabin with 2 single lower berths

• 12 twin cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths

• 2 twin deluxe cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths

• 6 superior cabins with double beds.

All cabins are spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin and all cabins have private shower and toilet.

Travel Tips
Some hotels will let you use their facilities (gym, spa, pool, beach, etc.) for a reduced day pass. This can be great for layovers!
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