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Ortelius

True expedition-style travel

Ortelius is an ice-strengthened expedition ship with the highest ice class, making her very suitable for navigation in the polar regions. She was built in Poland in 1989, to serve as a reserach vessel, and has been converted into an expedition cruise ship. Ortelius has been sailing in the polar regions for over ten years now! The ship boasts a friendly and authentic athmosphere. You will feel at home from the moment you step on board.

Ortelius takes only 108 passengers, making her one of the smaller vessels sailing in Antarctica. All passengers can do landings at the same time, a great advantage compared to larger ships. Ortelius is also one of the few ships with an onboard helicopter, making your polar expedition even more exhilarating! On select voyages, helicopters are used to reach areas which are unaccesible by ship. On Ross Sea voyages, this includes locations like the Ross Ice Shelf and Peter I Island. During Weddell Sea expeditions you might be able to visit the emperor penguin colony on Snow Hill Island!

The focus on voyages with Ortelius is always on nature and wildlife. The expedition team will try to organise as many off-ship experiences as possible, with Ortelius as your comfortable platform. The ship’s dining room has recently been completely renovated with a nice and colourful new interior. You are treated to delicious chef prepared meals in between landings. When it’s too cold to go outside on deck, simply enjoy the views of the the surrounding landscape from the observation lounge. The very experienced and knowledgeable guides will hold interesting lectures on the area’s flora, fauna and history in the lecture room and in the observation lounge. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock, and there is always something to see out on the ship’s spacious decks.

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Why we love Ortelius

  • All guests can do landings at the same time
  • Real expedition ship with history
  • Cozy and personal
  • Helicopter programme

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Accommodation

Ortelius offers great options for single travellers. All cabins, except the Superior Suites, are available on sharing basis.

Superior Suite

The Superior Suites are the most spacious cabins on board Ortelius and are located on deck 5. They provide you with a...

Superior Suite

The Superior Suites are the most spacious cabins on board Ortelius and are located on deck 5. They provide you with a double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, a TV, refrigerator, coffee & tea maker, hair dryer, ample storage space and at least 2 windows.

Twin Deluxe Cabin

Twin Deluxe cabins are located on deck 5. They are located on a corner and have 3 windows. There are 2 single beds, a...

Twin Deluxe Cabin

Twin Deluxe cabins are located on deck 5. They are located on a corner and have 3 windows. There are 2 single beds, a private shower & toilet, desk & chair, small sofa, TV, refrigerator, coffee & tea maker, hairdryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window Cabin

The Twin Window cabins are also located on deck 5. The cabins have 2 windows, 2 single beds, a private shower & t...

Twin Window Cabin

The Twin Window cabins are also located on deck 5. The cabins have 2 windows, 2 single beds, a private shower & toilet, desk & chair, small sofa, hairdryer and ample storage space.

Twin Cabin

The Twin cabins have porthole windows and are also located on decks 3 and 4. The cabins have 2 single beds, a private...

Twin Cabin

The Twin cabins have porthole windows and are also located on decks 3 and 4. The cabins have 2 single beds, a private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hairdryer and ample storage space.

Triple Cabin

The Triple cabins are located on deck 3 and have 2 porthole windows. You will find 2 bunk beds, of which one upper be...

Triple Cabin

The Triple cabins are located on deck 3 and have 2 porthole windows. You will find 2 bunk beds, of which one upper bed will be folded up. There’s also a private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hairdryer and ample storage space.

Quadruple Cabin

The Quadruple cabins are the same as the Triple cabins. These are located on deck 3 and have 2 porthole windows. You ...

Quadruple Cabin

The Quadruple cabins are the same as the Triple cabins. These are located on deck 3 and have 2 porthole windows. You will find 2 bunk beds, a private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hairdryer and ample storage space.

Facilities

Restaurant

The recently renovated restaurant offers various types of seating, ensuring you will always find a nice place to enjo...

Restaurant

The recently renovated restaurant offers various types of seating, ensuring you will always find a nice place to enjoy your meal. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, dinner is served at the table.

Lounge & Bar

Ortelius has a fully refurbished lounge & bar area. This is the heart of the ship, where you will gather for dail...

Lounge & Bar

Ortelius has a fully refurbished lounge & bar area. This is the heart of the ship, where you will gather for daily briefings and presentations by the expedition team. The lounge has big windows on either side, and a coffee station where you can get warm drinks 24 hours a day.
Tucked away in a corner, you’ll find the library with a wide range of books on polar wildlife and history.

Lecture room

Ortelius has a seperate lecture room on deck 3 where the expedition team might give presentations or workships about ...

Lecture room

Ortelius has a seperate lecture room on deck 3 where the expedition team might give presentations or workships about specific subjects related to the destination, such as wildlife, geology and history.

Activities

Besides some unique helicopter itineraries, Ortelius offers plenty of exciting add-on activities that allow you to fully immerse yourself into your destination. Depending on your departure, you might be able to add the following optional activities to your polar expedition:

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Polar Diving

Zodiac excursions and shore landings are always included on expedition cruises.

Dates & rates

Classic Antarctica Expedition Cruise

Including free navigational workshop
Dates and duration
30 Nov - 10 Dec 2024 11 days
Ortelius 108 passengers

From € 7300 per person
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Kayaking Antarctica

Antarctica Activity Expedition

Including all activities
Dates and duration
29 Dec - 10 Jan 2025 13 days
Ortelius 108 passengers

From € 9150 per person
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Kayaking Antarctica

Antarctica Activity Expedition

Including all activities
Dates and duration
10 Jan - 22 Jan 2025 13 days
Ortelius 108 passengers

From € 9150 per person
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