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Ortelius

Ship Overview

Operated by: Oceanwide Expeditions

Ortelius was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989 and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science.  She is an ice-strengthened small ship (rated to the equivalent of 1A; the highest ice rating) designed for polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica. Limited to no more than 116 passengers and 53 cabins, her size ensures a flexible polar experience with maximum wildlife opportunities. Ortelius carries ten high-powered zodiacs for landings and exploration. A $1.5 million cabin reconfiguration in 2014 (Deck 5) and 2016 (Deck 4) completed the vessel’s refurbishment program, bringing Ortelius to an upscale hotel standard. The refurbishment featured brand new furnishing including beds, wardrobes, desks and chairs. The cabins and corridors feature new carpets, ceilings, piping and wallpaper.

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Key Facts

Crew
52
Officers
International
Guests
116
Tonnage
4090
Length
298 Feet / 90.95 Metres
Width
56 Feet
Speed
14.50 Knots
Passenger Decks
5
Built
1989
Registry
Cyprus
Room Grades

Superior

SIZE:21m2 / 226sqftSLEEPS:2

Ortelius has six Superior cabins located on Deck 5. Each Superior cabin has a double bed, single sofa bed, private en suite, desk and chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, coffee and tea maker, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge. 

Twin Deluxe

SIZE:14m2 / 150sqftSLEEPS:2

Ortelius's two newly renovated Twin Deluxe cabins are located on Deck 5. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins. Each cabin has three view windows, two single lower berths, private en suite, desk and chair, small sofa, hair dryer, refrigerator, coffee and tea maker, flatscreen TV and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge. 

Twin Window

SIZE:12.50m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:2

The 12 twin window cabins are all located on Deck 5, and feature view windows, two single lower berths, private en suite, desk and chair, small sofa, hair dryer and ample storage space. Deck 5 is the quietest cabin deck and has the best access to upper observation decks and the ship’s bridge. 

Twin Window

Twin Porthole

SIZE:12.50m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:2

Ortelius has 27 Twin Porthole cabins, located across decks three and four. Each has two porthole windows, private en suite, two single lower berths, desk and chair, hair dryer and ample storage space. Cabins located on Deck 4 are quieter than those on deck 3 because they are farther away from the noise of engines and generators. Deck 4 has access to the forward observation deck.   

Triple Porthole

SIZE:12.50m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:3

Ortelius has two Triple Porthole cabins (for three guests sharing) located on Deck 3. Each has two portholes, 1 upper and 2 lower berths, private shower and toilet, desk and chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Quad Porthole

SIZE:12.50m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:4

Ortelius has four Quad Porthole cabins (accommodating four guests - ideal for families) located on deck 3. Quadruple Porthole cabins have 2 porthole windows, 2 upper and 2 lower berths, private en suite, desk and chair, hair dryer and ample storage space. 

Dining

Three meals of international cuisine are served in the two dining areas and prepared by the ship's experienced chefs. The meals are not quite to Michelin-star standard, however they are healthy, hearty and will warm your insides after a busy day exploring.

 

Features

​Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard experience onboard, with ample public areas including two dining areas that accommodate all expeditioners at the same time (no reserved seating), a bar/observation lounge with six large windows, comfortable lecture room and several observation areas across multiple decks. There is a spacious bridge, which is accessible to polar travellers. The Ortelius has a highly-experienced international nautical crew of 20, 19 international hotel staff, 7 expedition staff in Antarctica (1 expedition leader and 6 guides/lecturers), 8 expedition staff in the Arctic (1 expedition leader and 7 guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor. Expeditions are primarily developed to offer travellers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 116 on the Ortelius, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. Ortelius carries 10 zodiacs and up to three helicopters (on selected voyages).

 

Ortelius Expeditions

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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius

From USD $9650.00 Per Person

DURATION:12 Days/ 11 Nights REGION:Antarctica SHIP:Ortelius

The 12-day expedition promises myriad ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Peninsula. From 'Basecamp Ortelius' hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

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The Classic Antarctic Route

From USD $9650.00 Per Person

DURATION:11 Days/ 10 Nights REGION:Antarctica SHIP:Ortelius

This cruise expedition you to wondrous landscapes found in one of the harshest environments on Earth. The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes.

Weddell Sea: In search of the Emperor Penguin

From USD $10850.00 Per Person

DURATION:11 Days/ 10 Nights REGION:Antarctica SHIP:Ortelius

SPECIAL OFFER - SAVE UP TO USD3,100 PER PERSON! This 11 day expedition will take you to the Weddell Sea, home of the elusive Emperor penguin. Includes helicopter flights, allowing even greater access to the white continent.

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Across Antarctica from New Zealand to South America

From USD $31900.00 Per Person

DURATION:32 Days/ 31 Nights REGION:Antarctica SHIP:Ortelius

An incredible exploratory voyage from Bluff in New Zealand to Ushuaia in South America. Journey across Antarctica and the Ross Sea over 32 days aboard the ice-rated Ortelius.

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