Ross Sea and Peninsula: MV Ortelius
Antarctic Peninsula and Ross Sea
An epic expedition across Antarctica onboard the MV Ortelius. Reach past the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, rarely seen Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas and into the Ross Sea. Visit Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts, McMurdo Station, the Dry Valleys and - enroute to New-Zealand – Campbell Island with its nesting Royal albatross as well as Australia's Macquarie Island with its King and Royal penguins. The strongest ice-class expedition vessel, MV Ortelius is equipped with onboard helicopters. Be prepared for a true expedition and unforgettable memories!
- Helicopter outings
- Peter I Island
- Royal Penguins
- Ross Sea
- Scott's Hut
A truly rare chance to combine the two best areas of Antarctica in one voyage! See pack ice, icebergs, seldom seen islands and mountainous coastlines!
OverviewAn epic expedition across Antarctica onboard the MV Ortelius. Reach past the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, rarely seen Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas and into the Ross Sea. Visit Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts, McMurdo Station, the Dry Valleys and - enroute to New-Zealand – Campbell Island with its nesting Royal albatross. The strongest ice-class expedition vessel, MV Ortelius is equipped with onboard helicopters. Be prepared for true emotion and unforgettable memories!
- Crossing the Date Line: Both departures have a total duration of 31 nights / 32 days. However, looking at the starting and ending dates of the voyages, it “seems” that the first has a duration of 32 nights and the second voyage 30 nights. This is explained by the fact that we cross the “date line” at 180 degrees longitude. Travelling on the first voyage and crossing the International Date Line, results in a day being added whereas the second results in a day being subtracted. In any case, the duration of the voyage is still 31 nights / 32 days for both voyages.
- Voyage OTL27 ends in Ushuaia, Argentina and starts in Invercargill and offers the same itinerary as described above, but in reverse.
Expedition Vessel: M/V Ortelius
The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing possibilities to adventure in 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 now re-flagged and renamed Ortelius. She offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna. Her 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 106, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.
- Voyage aboard the designated vessel the MV Ortelius as indicated in the itinerary.
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
- Free use of rubber boots aboard
- Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Invercargill or Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
- Ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed).
- Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
- Comprehensive pre-departure material.
- Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.
- Pre- and post land arrangements.
- Transfers to the vessel.
- Passport and visa expenses.
- Government arrival and departure taxes.
- Meals ashore.
- Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
- Excess baggage charges.
- All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
- The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
- Possible fuel surcharges; It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 90 per Barrel Brent (US Dollar 120 for season 2013-2014) 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $ 400 per passenger for bookings outside Europe and EURO 300 per passenger for bookings within Europe, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
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