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Stunning views from your zodiac cruise
$6,500
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Antarctic Peninsula

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Encounter humpback & minke whales
  • Find large colonies of penguins
  • Zodiac through deep fjords
  • Visit research stations
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 voyage experience while observing wildlife in its …
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A polar landscape
$7,950
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Antarctic Peninsula

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
  • Find up to 7 species of penguin
  • Whale watch in the Lemaire Channel
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 voyage experience while observing wildlife in its …
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Mountaineering in the arctic
$7,950
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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
  • Hike, kayak, zodiac cruise, & more
  • Camp ashore on the White Continent
  • Spot whales, penguins, and more
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Skiing, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Moderate
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 landscapes and distinctive wildlife up close and …
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Lemaire channel reflection
$6,500
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Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Zodiac cruise in Paradise Bay
  • Set foot on the White Continent
  • Find gentoo and chinstrap penguins
  • Observe a wide arrary of seabirds
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 of brown skuas and a myriad of other …
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A zodiac landing on remote shores
$4,900
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Around Spitsbergen

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Discover unspoiled wilderness
  • Spot iconic arctic wildlife
  • Explore the arctic's landscapes
  • Watch for the elusive beluga whale
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 cruise. Take in the history of the region with …
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A walrus relaxes on the snow.
$4,900
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Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Visit Ny-Alesund
  • See reindeer, walrus, and whales
  • Climb Soraberget to view the icecap
  • Explore rarely-visited Kvitøya
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 the remote shores of Spitsbergen on this …
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Southern Rockhopper Penguin.
$13,200
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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

19 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Experience Falkland culture
  • Observe wandering albatross
  • Spot fin whales from the ship
  • Visit the South Shetland Islands
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 Georgia, one of the most beautiful places on …
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Hiking the arctic tundra.
$4,900
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North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special: Eco Volunteer

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Clean the shores of garbage
  • Search for seals, whales, and bears
  • Stroll around Longyearbyen
  • Zodiac to the Alkefjellet cliffs
  • Visit a known Walrus haul out site
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Volunteering, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 ocean. Each day, 50 of the ship's …
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A mother bear and her two cubs
$3,900
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North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special

8 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Search for the King of the Arctic
  • Enjoy excursions in Zodiacs
  • Watch for Greenland and minke whale
  • Navigate through pack ice
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 ringed and bearded seal. The cliffs and …
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Sea kayaking in Antarctica
$7,950
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Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Search for Antarctic seabirds
  • Find gentoo & chinstrap penguins
  • Sail between icebergs & fjords
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 step foot on the 7th continent. View and …
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Surfacing Humback Whales
$25,700
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Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey

32 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Sail along the Ross Ice Shelf
  • Visit the U.S. McMurdo Station
  • See vast Adélie penguin colonies
  • Follow the routes of past explorers
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 Campbell Island Island. This 32-day voyage offers …
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A young seal warms itself on the ice
$7,950
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Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer - Base Camp Ortelius

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Discover rarely visited islands
  • Kayak past giant icebergs
  • Observe a myriad of seabirds
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Moderate
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 and include mountaineering, hiking, …
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Beautiful King Penguins
$11,550
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Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Hike on Deception Island
  • Watch emperor penguins
  • Take a walk on pack ice
  • View seabirds in the Drake Passage
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 tabular icebergs and locations otherwise …
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A humpback whale breaches the polar waters
$2,380
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Whale Safari: Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Whale watch in the Scottish waters
  • Visit ancient circular stone towers
  • Tour the volcanic Jan Mayen island
  • Sail along the edge of sea-ice
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 your eyes away from the sea, the …
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Spot the Minke whale
$2,130
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Whale Safari: Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Whale watch in the Scottish waters
  • Visit ancient circular stone towers
  • Tour the volcanic Jan Mayen Island
  • Sail along the edge of sea-ice
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 your eyes away from the sea, the …
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2016
EmbarksDays 
Dec 0710Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
Dec 0710Antarctic Peninsula
Dec 1619Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
2017
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0311Antarctic Peninsula
Jan 1332Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey
Feb 1532Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey
Mar 1712Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula
May 2012Whale Safari: Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen
May 2210Whale Safari: Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen
May 318North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Jun 078North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Jun 148North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Aug 0310Around Spitsbergen
Aug 1211Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Aug 2111Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Nov 0412Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Nov 1512Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Nov 2611Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage
Dec 1619Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
2018
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0311Antarctic Peninsula
Jan 1311Antarctic Peninsula
Jan 2311Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 0219Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 2012Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer - Base Camp Ortelius
Mar 0312Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Passengers: 106
Ship Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

The Ortelius boasts more than 25 years exploring the polar waters of the world, built in Poland for scientific research. Named for Abraham Ortelius, who published the first modern world atlas, this 100-guest vessel provides an excellent way to visit the remote locations at the ends of the world in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Ranked in the highest ice class, it easily crushes through solid ice and pack ice, allowing it to visit otherwise inaccessible parts of the polar regions. Onboard, it features two restaurants with a diverse international catering staff, a bar, a sauna, and a lecture room, where the expedition leader and team of guides will brief you on the day's activities. The ample bridge is also open to passengers. In line with many naturalist cruises, the main goal of the exploratory itineraries is to spend as much time ashore as possible.

Cabins are not quite luxury, but definitely comfortable. All rooms have private bathrooms and eithere a porthole or a window, and there are a variety of cabins to choose from on each deck.
Twin porthole 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.
Twin Porthole on the Ortelius
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.
Twin Window on the Ortelius
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
Twin Deluxe on the Ortelius
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
Superior Suite on the Ortelius
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.
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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