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 Antarctic route cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is a wonderful way to maximize …
  • 10 Days
  • $7050 - $10550 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
A polar landscape
Antarctic Peninsula
Experience the isolated beauty of the planet's frozen continent aboard the Ortelius on this 10-day Antarctic cruise! View stunning wildlife and learn about the history of Antarctica as your sail across the Drake Passage and onto land.
  • 11 Days
  • $7950 - $11850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage
Level:
Easy
Mountaineering in the arctic
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Join this adventurous 11 day expedition cruise, where the ship becomes your base camp between invigorating activities including snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, and photography!
  • 11 Days
  • $7050 - $11850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Light Hiking, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Waddington Bay Antarctica, Wiencke Island
Level:
Moderate
A zodiac landing on remote shores
Around Spitsbergen
Embark on this 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, cruise the Arctic shores on this polar expedition cruise.
  • 10 Days
  • $4900 - $8850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Ny Alesund, Andoya, Phippsoya, Laagoya, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Freemansundet, …
Level:
Easy
Voyage to the remote Bouvet Island on your polar expedition cruise
Bouvet Island
Voyage to Bouvet Island - once believed to be completely inaccessible. In 2006 the Ortelius managed to land there successfully with some most adventurous passengers. Return to this remote outpost on an unforgettable opportunity in 2015. The first leg of …
  • 29 Days
  • $10490 - $15250 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, Africa, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ascension Island, St. Helena Island, Tristan da Cunha, Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, …
Level:
Easy
Glaciers and beautiful arctic tundra.
Edgeoya, Arctic Academy
Embark on this 10-day voyage to discover Spitsbergen and its neighboring island, Edgeoya, where you can have the chance to encounter the Kings of the Arctic: Walrus, Reindeer, and numerous bird species. Also keep your eyes out for the surprisingly …
  • 10 Days
  • $3900 - $6850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Whale Watching, Light Hiking, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Hornsund, Kong Ludvigøyane, Isbukta, Sorkap, Diskobukta, Kapp Lee, …
Level:
Easy
35% OFF
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Experience all the best of the sub-Antarctic highlights in one polar voyage on this 20-day Antarctic expedition. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, pay your respects at Shackleton's grave, and embark on this voyage voted #1 to …
  • 20 Days
  • $14250 - $20800 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Orkney Islands, …
Level:
Easy
Southern Rockhopper Penguin.
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Experience all the best of the sub-Antarctic highlights in one polar voyage on this 19-day Antarctic expedition. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, pay your respects at Shackleton's grave, and embark on this voyage voted #1 to …
  • 19 Days
  • $13200 - $19400 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, South Orkney Islands, …
Level:
Easy
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 favoured …
  • 8 Days
  • $3900 - $6850 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Andoya, Phippsoya, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Raudfjord, Prins Karls Forland
Level:
Easy
Sea kayaking in Antarctica
Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula
On this exciting voyage sail further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circe. Aboard the ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius, cruise where few have gone past the Polar Circle, viewing the flora and fauna of Antarctic Peninsula and many more …
  • 12 Days
  • $7800 - $11300 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Deception Island Antarctica, Lemaire Channel, …
Level:
Easy
30% OFF
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 Campbell …
  • 32 Days
  • $24950 - $36200 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Helicopter Tour, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, South Pacific, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, New Zealand, Ross Sea, Peter I Island, Argentina, Patagonia, …
Level:
Easy
20%-32% OFF
Beautiful King Penguins
Weddell Sea - Emperor Penguin Voyage
During this Antarctic voyage three days are reserved to visit the Emperor Rookeries by helicopters. If succeeded in the first two days, an alternative landing in the Weddell Sea on the third day may be offered. If successful, this will be a fascinating …
  • 11 Days
  • $11300 - $16150 USD
Ship:
Ortelius
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Deception Island Antarctica
Level:
Easy

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
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