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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, Small Ship Cruise, 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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Photographing penguins
$7,950
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Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Explore the Western Peninsula
  • Visit a gentoo penguin rookery
  • Observe feeding humpback whales
  • Encounter humpback and fin whales
Activities: Adventure Options, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius for a 12-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, a land of countless opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Learn about the history of Antarctica, cruise among icebergs, navigate through famous bays and channels, and maximize your …
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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, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Skiing, Small Ship Cruise, 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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Walking in the harsh terrain
$8,300
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Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery

15 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Spot icebergs and glaciers
  • Visit a colony of gentoo penguins
  • Zodiac cruise among glaciers
  • See humpback and minke whales
Activities: Adventure Options, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the Ortlius for a 15-day south expedition to the frozen continent, a land of icy beauty and bountiful wildlife. Embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, cross the Antarctic Convergence, spot your first icebergs near the South Shetland Islands, and reach the glaciated Antarctic Peninsula. Have …
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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, Small Ship Cruise, 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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Emperor & Adelie Penguins
$7,200
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Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Explore the volcanic S. Shetlands
  • Snowshoe, kayak, and camp
  • Visit magnificent Neko Harbour
  • Discover Cuverville Island
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Experience some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth on an exceptional 11-day voyage aboard the Ortelius. Sail across the Antarctic Convergence and observe its magical wildlife such as wandering albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, gentoo penguins, and chinstrap penguins. Explore the volcanic …
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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

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Visit Ny-Alesund
  • See reindeer, walrus, and whales
  • Climb Soraberget to view the icecap
  • Explore rarely-visited Kvitøya
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Join a 10-day arctic cruise to Spitsbergen including Kvitøya, an island dominated by an icecap, which leaves a small area bare of ice and snow.Have the chance to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the expedition …
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Penguin photo opp in Antarctica
$14,250
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 the South Atlantic Islands.This cruise includes …
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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: Small Ship Cruise, 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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Rockhopper penguins
$5,600
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Falkland Islands Exclusive

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Land at Steeple Jason Island
  • Observe a King penguin rookery
  • Experience Falkland´s culture
  • Discover an elephant seals colony
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Take part on an exclusive voyage to the Falkland Islands, a largely unknown selection of wildlife gemsmainly known to the wider public for the war between the UK and Argentina in 1982. This 10-day expedition showcases the highlights of these isolated and extreme islands, and allows you to explore …
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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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Penguins and passengers
$24,950
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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: Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, 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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Beautiful King Penguins
$11,400
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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: Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, 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
  • Cruise along the edge of sea-ice
  • Visit the volcanic Jan Mayen island
  • Observe orca and minke whales
  • Tour ancient circular stone towers
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Experience all the Arctic has to offer on this one-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise. Board the Ortelius for a 12-day whale safari from Vlissingen to Longyearbyen. This Arctic expedition cruise offers countless possibilities to spot whales including minke, blue, fin, and orca. Harbour porpoise and …
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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: Small Ship Cruise, 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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2017
EmbarksDays 
May 318North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Jun 078North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Jun 148North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Jun 218North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Aug 0310Around Spitsbergen
Aug 1210Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Aug 2110Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Nov 0412Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Nov 1511Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage
Nov 2512Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Dec 0611Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
Dec 1619Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
2018
EmbarksDays 
Jan 1311Antarctic Peninsula
Jan 2311Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 0219Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 2012Antarctic Peninsula
Mar 0312Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
May 1812Whale Safari: Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen
May 2010Whale Safari: Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen
May 298North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Jun 058North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Jun 128North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Jun 198North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special
Jul 1410Around Spitsbergen
Jul 2310Around Spitsbergen
Aug 0110Around Spitsbergen
Aug 1910Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Oct 2910Falkland Islands Exclusive
Nov 0712Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Nov 1811Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage
Nov 2812Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Dec 0910Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
Dec 1812Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Dec 2912Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
2019
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0911Antarctic Peninsula
Jan 1919Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 0611Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 1620Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Mar 0712Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Mar 1815Antarctic Peninsula – Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery
2020
EmbarksDays 
Jan 1332Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey
Feb 1532Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey
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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen
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