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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
Embark on your 10 day cruise aboard the Ortelius in Ushuaia, Argentina. While crossing the Drake Passage view seabirds and watch for whales. Reach the Antarctic Peninsula and visit old research stations, zodiac fjords, and explore the remote landscape.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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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
Experience the isolated beauty of the planet's frozen continent aboard the Ortelius on this 11-day Antarctic cruise. View stunning wildlife and learn about the history of Antarctica as you sail across the Drake Passage, cruise among icebergs, and explore the Antarctic Peninsula.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Cuverville Island, Drake Passage, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Pleneau Bay, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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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
Embark on the Ortelius for an adventure of a lifetime. This 12-day expedition cruise of the Antarctic Peninsula is packed full of adventure with hiking and snowshoeing, mountaineering, kayaking, excursions in zodiacs, and overnight camping on the Antarctic Continent.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Skiing, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Drake Passage, Neko Harbor, Neumayer Channel, Petermann Island, Pleneau Bay, Port Lockroy, Port of Ushuaia, Waddington Bay Antarctica, Wiencke Island
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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
Icebergs, penguins, and seabirds welcome you to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. This 10-day voyage aboard the Ortelius showcases the highlights of the Antarctic with visits to Neko Harbor, Deception Island, and Half Moon Island as well as the infamous Drake Passage crossing.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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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
Voyage around Spitsbergen on this unforgettable 10-day arctic expedition cruise aboard the Ortelius. Look for reindeer as you walk across the tundra, spot polar bears on glaciers, and whale watch on Zodiac excursions. The wild lands and waters of Spitsbergen offer breathtaking vistas and ample opportunity to learn, explore, and wildlife watch.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, 14th of July Glacier, Ahlstrandhalvøya, Andoya, Freemansundet, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Hornsund, Krossfjorden, Laagoya, Longyearbyen, Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier), Ny Alesund, Phippsoya, Sorg Fjord
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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
This 10-day expedition cruise around Spitsbergen makes a landing on the island of Kvitøya, a site of historical significance, and home of a large walrus population.The cruise also gives you a great chance to see whales, foxes, reindeer, seals, and polar bears.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Ahlstrandhalvøya, Freemansundet, Hornsund, Kong Karls Land (King Charles Land), Kvitøya, Longyearbyen, Phippsoya, Raudfjord, Ytre Norskøya Island
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$12,150
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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

20 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Get a taste of Falklands history
  • See four S.Georgia penguin species
  • Discover the South Orkney Islands
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent
This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. This 20-day expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South America, South Georgia, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Paulet Island, Port of Ushuaia, South Orkney Islands, Stanley, Weddell Sea
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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
Explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula on this 19-day voyage aboard the Ortelius. Penguins number in the tens of thousands and fin whales patrol the icy waters. The rugged but beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife combine to make this cruise one of the most visually stunning in the world.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South America, South Georgia, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Paulet Island, Port of Ushuaia, South Orkney Islands, Stanley, Weddell Sea
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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
On this 10-day Arctic voyage, contribute to clean-up efforts to clear garbage from the shores of Spitsbergen. Drifting garbage from the ocean is piling up onshore, posing a hazard to fish and wildlife. On this expedition, spend half of your day cleaning the shores and the other half exploring for seals, whales, and polar bears.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Volunteering, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Alkefjellet, Longyearbyen, Poolepynten
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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
This 8-day voyage takes you in search of the King of the Arctic, the polar bear. Board the Ortelius for a scenic expedition cruise in North Spitsbergen. The experienced crew and on-board naturalists guide you through ice floes and pack ice to get a close look at the iconic polar bear. As you sail, watch for more wildlife and enjoy the scenery.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Andoya, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Longyearbyen, Phippsoya, Prins Karls Forland, Raudfjord
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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
On this exciting 12-day voyage sail further south in Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. Aboard the ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius, cruise where few have gone, viewing the flora and fauna of Antarctic Peninsula and many more experiences.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Antarctic Polar Circle, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Gerlache Strait, Lemaire Channel, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Petermann Island, Port of Ushuaia
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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
Beginning in Ushuaia, Argentina embark on this epic 32-day expedition cruise of Antarctica aboard the Ortelius. Cruise across the Drake Passage, along the Antarctic Peninsula, into the Ross sea, and north through the Southern Ocean stopping to explore islands along the way.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, New Zealand, Ross Sea, South Pacific, Antarctic Polar Circle, Campbell Island, Drake Passage, Invercargill, Peter I Island, Port of Ushuaia
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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
Kayak along ice covered shorelines, take long glacier hikes, camp on icy landscapes, and more on this adventurous 12-day Antarctic cruise aboard the Ortelius. Let the expedition ship become your base camp for fun and thrilling adventures in the Weddell Sea and South Shetland Islands.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Weddell Sea
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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
A true expedition, the 11-day Weddell Sea cruise sets out to explore the range of the emperor penguins near Snow Hill Island. Visit the area via helicopter and see a variety of other birds and penguins including Adélies and gentoos.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Port of Ushuaia
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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
Board the Ortelius, an ice-strengthened Polar expedition vessel, for a 12-day cruise through the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. The expedition crosses paths with whales and dolphins on the way to the mysterious Jan Mayen with its massive volcano. Heading further north to Spitsbergen, the pack ice reveals more wildlife sightings.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Scotland, Svalbard, United Kingdom, United Kingdom & Ireland, Western Europe, Aberdeen, Jan Mayen, Longyearbyen, Prins Karls Forland, Raudfjord, Shetland Islands
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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
Board the Ortelius, an ice-strengthened Polar expedition vessel, for a 10-day cruise through the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. The expedition crosses paths with whales and dolphins on the way to the mysterious Jan Mayen with its massive volcano. Heading further north to Spitsbergen, the pack ice reveals more wildlife sightings.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Scotland, Svalbard, United Kingdom, United Kingdom & Ireland, Western Europe, Aberdeen, Jan Mayen, Longyearbyen, Prins Karls Forland, Raudfjord, Shetland Islands
Cruise Details
Passengers: 106
Ship Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

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.
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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