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Hondius

Enjoy that real expedition feeling

Hondius was newly built in 2019 as the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 passenger vessel, making her one of the most sturdy and technologically advanced polar cruise ships. Though the ship is very elegantly designed, what we like most about Hondius is the distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere on board. You will enjoy hotel comfort while experiencing that real expedition feeling.

Shore landings and zodiac cruises are of the essence during an expedition cruise. A large fleet of rigid-hull inflatable zodiacs will bring guests to shore in no-time. To help speed up the zodiac boarding operations, Hondius is featured with two large shell doors and a sheltered indoor zodiac boarding area. This enables easy access to the zodiacs at water level. Using some of the latest sustainable technologies, Hondius can keep fuel efficiency high and CO2 emissions low. The ship is also equiped with stabilizers that make her highly suitable for swift and safe exploration of the Arctic and Antarctica.

Hondius offers accommodation for 170 passengers, ranging from grand suites with balconies to quadruple porthole cabins that can be booked on a sharing basis. All cabins have outside views and a warm, colorful interior. All twin, triple and quadruple porthole cabins are located on deck 3, which is where you’ll also find the zodiac boarding area. The more luxurious cabins are situated on the higher decks.

The large observation lounge/bar and lecture room are located on deck 5. Both of these rooms are used for a wide variety of lectures and workshops by the expedition guides. You’ll find the restaurant on deck 4, where the greatest meals are served three times a day. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style, dinner is usually served at the table. Fruit, snacks, coffee and tea are available in the lounge throughout the day.

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Why we love Hondius

  • Very warm and welcoming atmosphere
  • True expedition style vessel
  • Wide range of different cabins
  • Very stable, even in rough seas
  • Optional Polar Diving activity

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Accommodation

Quadruple Porthole

This cabin is ideal for single travellers that are looking for a shared accomodation. Each room has two porthole wind...

Quadruple Porthole

This cabin is ideal for single travellers that are looking for a shared accomodation. Each room has two porthole windows, bunk beds, a small sofa, tv, desk & chair, storage space, safe, wardrobe, hair dryer and a private bathroom with shower.
All Quardruple Cabins are conveniently located on deck 3, close to the zodiac boarding area.

Triple Porthole

Each Triple Cabin has two porthole windows, one single and two bunk beds, a small sofa, tv, desk & chair, storage...

Triple Porthole

Each Triple Cabin has two porthole windows, one single and two bunk beds, a small sofa, tv, desk & chair, storage space, safe, wardrobe, hair dryer and a private bathroom with shower.
Triple cabins are conveniently located on deck 3, close to the zodiac boarding area.

Twin Porthole

Each room has two porthole windows, two single beds with a small sofa in between them, a tv, desk & chair, storag...

Twin Porthole

Each room has two porthole windows, two single beds with a small sofa in between them, a tv, desk & chair, storage space, a safe, wardrobe, hair dryer and a private bathroom with shower.
The Twin Porthole cabins are conveniently located on deck 3, close to the zodiac boarding area.

Twin Window

These cabins have one window, two single beds with a small sofa in between them, a tv, desk & chair, storage spac...

Twin Window

These cabins have one window, two single beds with a small sofa in between them, a tv, desk & chair, storage space, a safe, wardrobe, hair dryer and a private bathroom with shower. All twin window cabins are located on deck 4, where you will also find the restaurant. The zodiac boarding area is only one deck down, the lecture room and lounge are one deck up.
Please be aware that the view from some windows might be partially obstructed.

Twin Deluxe

Located on deck 6, the Twin Deluxe cabins offer very spacious accomodation with two big windows. They have two single...

Twin Deluxe

Located on deck 6, the Twin Deluxe cabins offer very spacious accomodation with two big windows. They have two single beds, a sofa near the windows, a tv, desk & chair, coffee & tea maker, refrigirator, lots of storage space, a safe, wardrobe, bathrobes, hair dryer and a private bathroom with shower.

Superior Cabin

Located on deck 6, the Superior Cabins offer very spacious accomodation with two big windows and a double bed. They a...

Superior Cabin

Located on deck 6, the Superior Cabins offer very spacious accomodation with two big windows and a double bed. They also feature a large sofa to enjoy the view, a tv, desk & chair, coffee & tea maker, refrigirator, lots of storage space, a safe, wardrobe, bathrobes, hair dryer and a private bathroom with shower.

Junior Suite

The Junior Suites are located on the highest deck, and offer incredible views from the floor to ceiling window. They ...

Junior Suite

The Junior Suites are located on the highest deck, and offer incredible views from the floor to ceiling window. They feature a large double bed, a sofa, a tv, desk & chair, coffee & tea maker, refrigirator, lots of storage space, a safe, wardrobe, bathrobes, hair dryer and a private bathroom with shower.
You can enjoy the views right from your bed!

Grand Suite with Balcony

The Grand Suites are the most luxurious cabins on board Hondius and the only  type of accomodation with a balcony.

Grand Suite with Balcony

The Grand Suites are the most luxurious cabins on board Hondius and the only  type of accomodation with a balcony.
Each room has large sliding doors, a double bed, sofa, tv, desk & chair, coffee & tea maker, refrigirator, lots of storage space, a safe, wardrobe, bathrobes, hair dryer, a private bathroom with shower and seperate toilet.

You can have your morning coffee on your personal balcony while enjoying the polar landscape passing by slowly.

Facilities

Lounge & Bar

The observation lounge and bare are centrally located on deck 5. This area is the heart of the ship, where everybody ...

Lounge & Bar

The observation lounge and bare are centrally located on deck 5. This area is the heart of the ship, where everybody gathers after a day out exploring. Have a drink, play a game with other guests or simply enjoy the views when the weather is too bad to go outside. There is plenty of seating for everyone on board, therefor, most lectures will be held here. The coffee station is available all day and you can often find fruit and some snacks here too.

Lecture Room

The lecture room is located right next to the lounge. It is often used for talks and workshops on specific topics.

Lecture Room

The lecture room is located right next to the lounge. It is often used for talks and workshops on specific topics.

You will also find several computers here. Ask the reception to create a special onboard email address for you in order to keep in touch with friends and family at home.

Restaurant

The restaurant on board Hondius can be found on deck 4. It has no pre-assigned seating, offering you a chance to sit ...

Restaurant

The restaurant on board Hondius can be found on deck 4. It has no pre-assigned seating, offering you a chance to sit in a different place each time. Breakfast and lunch are served as a buffet, dinner is served at the table. During lunch, you will be asked to make a choice from the dinner menu for that evening. The chefs do a wonderful job in accommodating any food allergies or restrictions.

The expedition guides will often join the table, a great chance to have a chat about their experiences in polar travel.

Library

Tucked away in a corner of the lounge, you will find the library with books on a wide variety of topics related to th...

Library

Tucked away in a corner of the lounge, you will find the library with books on a wide variety of topics related to the polar regions. A great place for a quiet read, or if you want to identify animal species which you’ve photographed during the day. The guides are happy to help you find the right book and confirm your sightings.

Zodiac boarding area

Hondius has two large shell doors on the side of the ship which are accesible from the sheltered indoor zodiac boardi...

Zodiac boarding area

Hondius has two large shell doors on the side of the ship which are accesible from the sheltered indoor zodiac boarding area. Once it’s time to go out for a landing, you will gather on deck 3. Stairs lead down to the shell doors where you can easily access the zodiac at water level.

Reception & Shop

The reception is your go-to place for any questions or problems related to your stay on board. The hospitality team a...

Reception & Shop

The reception is your go-to place for any questions or problems related to your stay on board. The hospitality team are extremely helpful and will be happy to assist you in any way possible.

At the shop, you’ll find some nice souvenirs and things like basic toiletries that you might have forgotten to bring from home.

 

Dates & rates

Classic Svalbard Expedition Cruise

Exploring West & North Svalbard
Dates and duration
17 Jun - 24 Jun 2024 8 days
Hondius 170 passengers

From € 3700 per person
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Circumnavigation of Svalbard

Exploring Svalbard in depth
Dates and duration
24 Jun - 03 Jul 2024 10 days
Hondius 170 passengers

From € 4900 per person
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Circumnavigation of Svalbard

Exploring Svalbard in depth
Dates and duration
03 Jul - 12 Jul 2024 10 days
Hondius 170 passengers

From € 4900 per person
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Kayaking Antarctica

Antarctica Activity Expedition

Including all activities
Dates and duration
01 Nov - 13 Nov 2024 13 days
Hondius 170 passengers

From € 8150 per person
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Kayaking Antarctica

Antarctica Activity Expedition

Including all activities
Dates and duration
05 Dec - 17 Dec 2024 13 days
Hondius 170 passengers

From € 8400 per person
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Circumnavigation of Svalbard

Exploring Svalbard in depth
Dates and duration
30 Jun - 09 Jul 2025 10 days
Hondius 170 passengers

From € 5150 per person
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Circumnavigation of Svalbard

Exploring Svalbard in depth
Dates and duration
30 Jun - 09 Jul 2025 10 days
Hondius 170 passengers

From € 5150 per person
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Kayaking Antarctica

Antarctica Activity Expedition

Including all activities
Dates and duration
27 Nov - 09 Dec 2025 13 days
Hondius 170 passengers

From € 8800 per person
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Kayaking Antarctica

Antarctica Activity Expedition

Including all activities
Dates and duration
09 Dec - 21 Dec 2025 13 days
Hondius 170 passengers

From € 8800 per person
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