Mark Mussared

Region: Arctic

Destinations: Svalbard

Ship: m/v Ortelius

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 was plentiful and tasty without being extravagant. Having open access to the bridge at most times was a great privilege and was very much appreciated. We are very glad we chose Ortelius. The ship is just the right size - large enough to be comfortable but small enough for the experience to be personal. The expedition itself achieved all objectives regarding experiencing the environment and seeing wildlife. Polar bears, walrus, arctic fox, reindeer, seals, whales, and birds of most species were located, and we were given the best possible viewing opportunities. The guides were clearly very experienced, and were always looking to provide the best experiences onboard and ashore, whilst very conscious of the safety of the guests. For a great experience of the Arctic we recommend this trip very highly.

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