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Weddell Sea: In search of the Emperor Penguin

DEPARTING FROM:UshuaiaFINAL DESTINATION:Ushuaia

DURATION:11 Days/ 10 NightsREGION:AntarcticaSHIP:Ortelius

This 11 day voyage aboard the ice-strengthened Ortelius offers a unique opportunity to be part of a true expedition. The Emperor Penguin rookery is situated south of the Weddell Sea's Snow Hill Island. Although it might not be possible for Ortelius to reach that far through the ice (about a 50% chance based on the voyages in the last three seasons), the idea is mainly to situate the ship in or between the Antarctic 

Sound and James Ross Island. From close to the ice-edge it will be possible to observe the Emperor Penguins on their way to the open water. Ortelius travels with three helicopters which will aid the search for individual Emperor Penguins. Apart from the Emperors you can also expect to encounter Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adélie penguins, along with myriad other wildlife.

Ship Details

Ortelius

Ortelius

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.

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
Inclusions

Your cruise price includes

  • 10 night expedition voyage aboard the Ortelius
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed)
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
     

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended - SAVE 20% when purchased with your expedition)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
  • Gratuities at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard - The cruise line recommends $8-10 per passenger per day