The Hondius is a new-built vessel in 2019 is ice-strengthened and specially crafted for expedition voyages.
A completely new vessel for 2019, Hondius will be the strongest ice- strengthened vessel in the Polar Regions and will be equipped with stabilizers, and very suitable for advanced, innovative exploratory quality voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions.
Hondius is being built in Croatia by shipbuilder Brodosplit for delivery in 2019 and will be the first vessel to be built to class “LR PC6”, meeting the latest and highest demands of Lloyd’s Register for “Polar Class 6” vessels, the highest Polar Class notation for ice-strengthened vessels. The vessel will also fully comply with the mandatory requirements of the Polar code, adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for safe ship operation and the protection of the Polar environment.
Advanced hotel and expedition standards
Hondius offers deluxe accommodations for in total 176 passengers in 1 spacious Hondius suite (cabin size 35 m2), 6 grand suites with balcony (cabin size: 27 m2), 8 junior suites (cabin size: 19-20 m2), 8 superior cabins, (cabin size: 20-21 m2), 11 twin deluxe cabins, (cabin size: 19-21 m2), 14 twin window cabins (cabin sizes: 12-14 m2), 29 twin porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins and 4 quadruple porthole cabins (the porthole cabin sizes vary from 12-18 m2). The passengers ́ certificate for HONDIUS is for 196 passengers. One deck has been entirely reserved for (multi-language) lectures and presentations in one large observation lounge and in addition one separate lecture room. The vessel offers a deluxe standard and at the same time a distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere.
Prepared for highest comfort experience in the Polar Regions.
The philosophy is to keep sea legs short and to focus on fast and effective access to shore and near shore activities for all nature and wildlife minded passengers. A powerful fleet of zodiacs will guarantee quality outings and swift landing operation for all passengers at the same time. Our main focus remains discovery, taking advantage of wildlife opportunities and
the related shore activities, a product that has been very much appreciated by our current travelers for many years. A speedy zodiac embarkation is guaranteed with two separate gangways and in addition a zodiac embarkation indoor-platform which can also be used for special outdoor activities such as kayaking.
While cruising, 72 crew and staff members (including expedition and hotel staff) will be at the passengers’ service. Hondius is equipped with 2 main engines and can reach a maximum speed of 15 knots.
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