m/v Ortelius

The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent vessel for polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica.

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History of Ortelius

“Ortelius” was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, was named “Marina Svetaeva”, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel is re-flagged and renamed “Ortelius”. “Ortelius” is classed by Lloyd’s Register in London and flies the Cyprus flag. As Plancius, Ortelius was a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, theTheatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed.

Specifications
Passengers: 116 in 53 cabins
Staff & crew: 52
Length: 90.95 meters
Breadth: 17.20 meters
Draft: 5.4 meters
Ice class: UL1 (Equivalent to 1A)
Displacement: 4090 tonnes
Propulsion: 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
Speed: 14.5 knots maximum
Deck plans and downloads Ortelius, ship details (.pdf) Ortelius, deck plan (.pdf)

Perfect for any expedition

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 22 highly experienced international nautical crew, 19 international hotel crew, 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader, 1 assistant expedition leader and 6 guides/lecturers), and 1 doctor.

Ortelius: a vessel with comfort and character

”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with a u-shaped, a bar and a 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 10 zodiacs. The zodiac engines are 60hp Yamaha.

Age range & nationality

View from the Ortelius

Passengers on a typical voyage range from their 30s to their 80s - with a majority usually from 45 - 65. Our expeditions attract independent-minded travellers from around the world. They are characterised by a strong interest in exploring remote regions. The camaraderie and spirit that develops aboard is an important part of the expedition experience. Many departures have several nationalities on board.

Dress code

In keeping with our expeditions atmosphere, dress on board is informal. Bring casual and comfortable clothing for all activities. Keep in mind that much of the spectacular scenery can be appreciated from deck, which can be slippery. Bring sturdy shoes with no-slip soles and make sure the parka is never far away in case of the call "Whales!" comes over the loudspeaker and you have to dash outside. Wear layers since it is comfortably warm aboard the ship - and often cold on deck.

View from the main deck

Gratuities

The customary gratuity to the ship's service personnel is made as a blanket contribution at the end of the voyage which is divided among the crew. Tipping is a very personal matter and the amount you wish to give is at your discretion. As a generally accepted guideline, we suggest US$8 to US$10 per person per day. It is better for the crew, if you can give them cash US Dollar.

Non-smoking policy

On board our vessels we have a non-smoking policy. It is prohibited to smoke inside the ship. You can smoke in the designated areas. Please respect the wishes of non-smokers.

Your physical condition

Snowshoeing

You must be in good general health and you should be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding. Although we spend as much time as possible ashore, you are welcome to remain aboard the ship if you like. To join most excursions, you must be able to get up and down the steep gangway from the ship to the water level to board the Zodiacs. Staff will assist you in and out of the boats. This will become progressively easier with practice. Ashore it can be slippery and rocky. You are travelling in remote areas without access to sophisticated medical facilities, so you must not join this expedition if you have a life-threatening condition, or need daily medical treatment.

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Reviews

Overall rating based on 87 votes

Eduard Clément
Standart und einfach aber OK
by Eduard Clément on Arctic

Organisation: am Flughafen in Reykjavik war so was von katastrophal oder chaotisch wie es nicht schlimmer sein könnte, ein Wunder dass alle Teilnehmer in die Stadt gekommen sind! Am Morgen 2 Std vor dem...

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Julio Joglar
Amazing Experience!!
by Julio Joglar on Antarctica

Amazing trip to one of the most beautiful places in the world. The M/V Ortelius is a great vessel and it is perfect for this type of trips. The entire time aboard I felt safe and not once I lost confidence on...

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Arnold MEDBURY
AROUND SPITSBERGEN
by Arnold MEDBURY on Arctic

THE EXPEDITION STAFF WERE MUCH, MUCH BETTER THAN I EXPECTED. ALL OF THEM HAD INCREDIBLE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FLORA, THE FAUNA, THE GEOLOGY AND THE HISTORY OF THE AREA. THEY WERE VERY COMMITTED TO SAFETY. ALL STAFF...

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Mark Mussared

The Round-Svalbard Expedition was excellent. As the on board information puts it, Ortelius is basic but very comfortable and very well equipped. Her crew were extremely friendly and accommodating, and the food...

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Felix Hulliger
Norden, volle Kraft voraus!
by Felix Hulliger on Arctic

Das Erlebte und Gesehene hat sich so summiert, dass ich einige Wochen brauche, um die Spitzbergenumrundung zu verarbeiten. Spitzbergen ist Natur pur. Eisbären aus 15 Meter Entfernung zu bestaunen - da kommt...

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Iveta Balazova
Bezaubernde Spitzbergen
by Iveta Balazova on Arctic

WOW. Es war eine fantastische, atemberaubende und zugleich unbeschreiblich faszinierende Expeditionsreise. Die mächtigen Massen von Schnee, die die Gletscher bilden, klares kaltes Wasser, das ich unbedingt...

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