• Home
  • News
  • The First Float of m/v Hondius

The First Float of m/v Hondius

by Oceanwide Expeditions News 09.07.2018

On the morning of Saturday, June 9, a newly constructed polar expedition cruise vessel slid down the timber-and-steel slipway of a sprawling Croatian shipyard, plunging into the pale blue waters of the rocky Adriatic coast. The launch of this vessel, one of 28 new expedition ships currently on order, might have seemed commonplace, even insignificant, to the world at large.
Antarctic Peninsula

Ship: m/v Hondius

Regions: Antarctica, Arctic

A bottle is broken, a ship is launched, a star is born

On the morning of Saturday, June 9, a newly constructed polar expedition cruise vessel slid down the timber-and-steel slipway of a sprawling Croatian shipyard, plunging into the pale blue waters of the rocky Adriatic coast. The launch of this vessel, one of 28 new expedition ships currently on order, might have seemed commonplace, even insignificant, to the world at large. But for us, it was anything but another day at the office. This event marked the first time our new build, m/v Hondius, the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel and the only ship we’ve designed from the ground up, became acquainted with the sea. It was one fine day and a moment we’d been waiting months, indeed years, to enjoy.

The heart of Hondius: why we’re so excited

As a PC6 vessel, Hondius is no ordinary expedition cruise ship — if such a phrase even makes sense. When she rolls into full operation next summer, she’ll be one of the most advanced civilian vessels on the polar seas, outfitted with all the latest, greatest, and greenest nautical technology. Not only that, her modestly sized 174-passenger build will fully uphold the cherished Oceanwide tradition of flexible, small-scale cruises while at the same time including a host of interactive workshops, presentations, and performances we’ve not yet offered on any other vessel. This means that, though our guests will continue to enjoy access to locations the larger ships can’t visit, they’ll also be able to partake in many of the perks traditionally offered only by the bigger (but far less nimble) cruise vessels.

Life after the launch

For us here at Oceanwide, Hondius represents more than the mere continuation of our small-scale polar expedition spirit. It also shows our passengers what else we’re capable of offering. “We’re thrilled with how she looks,” says Oceanwide COO Mark van der Hulst, who along with majority shareholder and owner Wijnand van Gessel, was present for the launch at Brodosplit shipyard. “We can’t wait to get her out for sea trials.” These sea trials, which go pretty much how they sound, test the durability and operational performance of the ship before it can take on consumer passengers. The tough and technically advanced build of Hondius, however, leaves little doubt that she will exceed these trials, ensuring her safety and speed throughout the most rugged Arctic trip or Antarctic voyage. Hondius will be complete as of May 2, 2019, which to us (and the many passengers just as excited as we are) seems like a very long time from now. Even so, we have no doubt it will be well worth the wait.

Love this article? Share your appreciation:

Related cruises

Cool Deal
Falkland Islands Exclusive
Up to 3400 USD discount

Falkland Islands Exclusive

Discover the secret wildlife treasures of the Falklands

OTL21-18. The Falkland Islands cruise delivers you to the secret wildlife treasures of the Southern Hemisphere. Combining Argentinian and European cultures, the Falklands are home for multiple species of birds including Magellanic, Gentoo, and Rockhopper penguins.

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

29 Oct - 7 Nov, 2018

Price:

6800 USD 3400 USD 3400 USD discount

Cool Deal
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica
Up to 2550 USD discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species!

HDS21-19. A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

3 Nov - 23 Nov, 2019

Price:

12500 USD 9950 USD 2550 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
Up to 1450 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

Classic Antarctica including Deception Island

PLA22-18. This Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands cruise delivers you into a landscape of dark rugged rock, pure white snow, and a fantastic variety of wildlife. Come say hello to whales, seals, and thousands of penguins.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

23 Nov - 3 Dec, 2018

Price:

10650 USD 9200 USD 1450 USD discount

Central Spitsbergen, Aurora borealis

NOO27-18. The central Spitsbergen cruise offers the chance to explore both the beautiful fjord region as well as the history of the people who have lived and worked here. The expedition is also a wonderful way to enjoy the wildlife in its natural habitat and one of the great attractions in the Arctic: The Nor...

s/v Noorderlicht

s/v Noorderlicht

Cruise date:

30 Sep - 7 Oct, 2018

Price:

on request

Central Spitsbergen, Aurora borealis

NOO29-18. The central Spitsbergen cruise offers the chance to explore both the beautiful fjord region as well as the history of the people who have lived and worked here. The expedition is also a wonderful way to enjoy the wildlife in its natural habitat and one of the great attractions in the Arctic: The Nor...

s/v Noorderlicht

s/v Noorderlicht

Cruise date:

14 Oct - 21 Oct, 2018

Price:

on request