MV Ortelius

Her voyages offer a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible.

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MV Ortelius

Her voyages offer a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible.

Travel to Antarctica or the Arctic onboard the ice-strengthened vessel MV Ortelius. She an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises, providing possibilities to adventure in remote locations such as Greenland, Antarctica's Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic,as well as Svalbard cruises. Look under Departures for more information. 

MV Ortelius was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, was namedMarina Svetaeva, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel is now re-flagged and renamed MV Ortelius. She offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room, and a sauna. Her voyages offer 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.

Cabin details

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 20 highly experienced international nautical crew, 19 international hotel crew, including stewardesses, 7 - 8 expedition staff (expedition leader and guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor. 

”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/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 11 zodiacs of which 9 are in use and 2 on reserve. The zodiac engines are 60hp Yamaha. 

  • Quadruple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins)
  • Twin cabins with portholes, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths
  • Twin Window & Deluxe cabins with windows, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths
  • Superior cabins with double beds, private toilet and shower and a separate day room

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.

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