Ortelius

Oceanwide Expeditions
The Ortelius
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Dining area aboard the Ortelius.
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Ortelius' dining area.
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The bar and observation lounge aboard the Ortelius.
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Theater aboard the Ortelius.
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Buffet aboard the Ortelius.
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Bar and observation lounge aboard the Ortelius.
Stunning views from your zodiac cruise
Antarctic Peninsula
The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins, and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes on this special 10-day Antarctic cruise. This classic cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is a wonderful way to maximize your polar …
  • 10 Days
  • $6,500 - $9,650 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage
Level:
Relaxed
A polar landscape
Antarctic Peninsula
The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins, and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes on this special 11-day Antarctic cruise. This classic cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is a wonderful way to maximize your polar …
  • 11 Days
  • $7,950 - $11,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Expedition Cruises, Adventure Options
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, Drake Passage
Level:
Relaxed
Mountaineering in the arctic
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Join this adventurous 12-day expedition cruise, where the ship becomes your base camp for invigorating activities including snowshoeing, mountaineering, kayaking, camping, and exploring in zodiac dinghies. Experience Antarctica's other-wordly …
  • 12 Days
  • $7,950 - $11,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Photography, Adventure Options, Skiing, Wildlife Viewing, Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Camping, Kayaking
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Waddington Bay Antarctica, Wiencke Island
Level:
Moderate
Lemaire channel reflection
Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands on this 10-day cruise aboard the Ortelius. Feel the excitement when you spot the first icebergs as the Ortelius nears the South Shetland Islands. Discover colonies of penguins, breeding pairs …
  • 10 Days
  • $6,500 - $8,400 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Adventure Options
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage
Level:
Relaxed
A zodiac landing on remote shores
Around Spitsbergen
Embark on this 10-day voyage around Spitsbergen, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the Ortelius, explore the Arctic shores on this polar expedition …
  • 10 Days
  • $4,900 - $8,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Longyearbyen, Ny Alesund, …
Level:
Relaxed
A walrus relaxes on the snow.
Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Join a 10-day arctic cruise around Spitsbergen including Kvitøya, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the expedition vessel, the Ortelius, cruise …
  • 11 Days
  • $4,900 - $8,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Longyearbyen, Phippsoya, …
Level:
Relaxed
Save up to 25%
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Experience all the best of the sub-Antarctic highlights on this 20-day Antarctic expedition. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, and pay your respects at Shackleton's grave on this polar voyage voted #1 to observe Antarctica and …
  • 20 Days
  • $12,150 - $17,950 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, South Orkney Islands, …
Level:
Relaxed
Southern Rockhopper Penguin.
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Visit all the sub-Antarctic highlights in one voyage on this 19-day expedition cruise. Land on the Falkland Islands for spectacular scenery and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper penguins. This voyage also includes four days on South …
  • 19 Days
  • $13,200 - $20,800 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, South Orkney Islands, …
Level:
Relaxed
50% OFF
Hiking the arctic tundra.
North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special: Eco Volunteer
Sailing along the pack ice of North Spitsbergen, this 10-day Arctic voyage offers the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic: the polar bear. During your journey, engage in service-learning opportunities as you help clean up garbage from the …
  • 10 Days
  • $4,900 - $8,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Expedition Cruises, Volunteering
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Longyearbyen, Alkefjellet, …
Level:
Relaxed
50% OFF
A mother bear and her two cubs
North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen, this Arctic voyage offers the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic. Sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favored by …
  • 8 Days
  • $3,900 - $6,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Longyearbyen, Andoya, …
Level:
Relaxed
Sea kayaking in Antarctica
Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula
View albatross, whales, penguins, seals, and more while exploring the Antarctic by land and sea on this 12-day polar voyage onboard the Ortelius. Enjoy daily Zodiac trips exploring icebergs, fjords, and shore landings where you have the opportunity to …
  • 12 Days
  • $7,950 - $11,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Photography, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Scuba Diving, Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Deception Island Antarctica, Lemaire Channel, …
Level:
Relaxed
Save up to $7,950
Surfacing Humback Whales
Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey
This is your ultimate chance to sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea, visiting Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts, Mc Murdo Station, the Dry Valleys and …
  • 32 Days
  • $25,700 - $37,300 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
Antarctica, South America, South Pacific, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, New Zealand, Ross Sea, Peter I Island, Argentina, Patagonia, …
Level:
Relaxed
Hiking the arctic tundra.
Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis
Voyage to the Scoresby Sund and witness the Aurora Borealis while cruising the shores of East Greenland and more. This Basecamp Ortelius departure offers the opportunity to ski, hike, and snowshoe the tundra of Greenland on an epic Arctic cruise.
  • 8 Days
  • $3,900 - $6,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Canada, Cape Hofmann Halvø, Scoresby Land, Akureyri, …
Level:
Relaxed
A young seal warms itself on the ice
Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer - Base Camp Ortelius
Take part in this unique 12-day expedition cruise aboard the Ortelius where your ship becomes the base camp for Antarctic adventures. These endeavors, which go beyond normal Antarctica shore programs, are provided throughout the duration of your voyage …
  • 12 Days
  • $7,950 - $11,850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage
Level:
Moderate
Save up to 30%
Beautiful King Penguins
Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage
During this 11-day Antarctic voyage, explore the areas in or between the Antarctic Sounds and James Ross Island in attempts to observe magnificent scenery and emperor penguins on their way to the open water. Scenic flights and helicopter landings on …
  • 11 Days
  • $11,550 - $16,150 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Deception Island Antarctica
Level:
Relaxed
A humpback whale breaches the polar waters
Whale Safari: Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen
Set sail for a 12-day whale safari on the Ortelius. This Arctic expedition cruise offers countless possibilities to spot whales including minke, blue, fin, and orca. Harbour porpoise and white-beaked dolphin can also be spotted in the icy waters. Taking …
  • 12 Days
  • $2,380 - $4,400 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Jan Mayen, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Scotland, United Kingdom, …
Level:
Relaxed
Spot the Minke whale
Whale Safari: Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen
Set sail for an 10-day whale safari on the Ortelius. This Arctic expedition cruise offers countless possibilities to spot whales including minke, blue, fin, and orca. Harbour porpoise and white-beaked dolphin can also be spotted in the icy waters. Taking …
  • 10 Days
  • $2,130 - $3,960 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Jan Mayen, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Scotland, United Kingdom, …
Level:
Relaxed
The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land.

“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”. As Plancius, Ortelius was a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed.

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 100 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces and a very large bridge which is accessible to the passengers. The vessel is manned by 34 highly experienced Russian nautical crew, 15 international catering staff, including stewardesses, 6 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 5 guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor.

”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna. 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 100 on the “Ortelius”, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

The vessel offers basic but comfortable cabins and public spaces. The cabin lay-out is as follows: 5 quadruple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins); 23 twin cabins with portholes, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths; 10 twin cabins with windows, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths; 6 superior cabins with double beds, private toilet and shower and a separate day room, and 1 suite with a double bed, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. All cabins are spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Ortelius' Quadruple Twin Cabin
Quadruple Porthole
4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins). Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Triple Porthole Cabin
Triple Porthole
2 triple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities. These cabins are spacious with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Ortelius' Twin Porthole Cabin
Twin Porthole
23 twin cabins with portholes, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Ortelius' Twin Window Cabin
Twin Window
10 twin cabins with windows, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Ortelius' Superior Day Room
Twin Deluxe
6 superior cabins with double beds, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Ortelius' Suite Living Room
Superior
1 suite with a double bed, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Deck plans of the Ortelius