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.

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  • 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
Pack as little as possible and wear layers when travelling.
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