Ortelius is an expedition ship with 45 cabins for 106 passengers. It is 91 feet long, with a maximum speed of 12 knots.

The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Antarctica. “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. 

Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna.  Our 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 106 on the “Ortelius”, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. "Ortelius" carries 11 zodiacs of which 9 are in use and 2 on reserve. The zodiac engines are 60hp Yamaha.

A considerable number of quadruple and twin cabins with shared facilities (toilet and showers to be shared in the corridors) offer attractive lower starting prices for our Polar voyages. The vessel offers basic but comfortable cabins and public spaces.

Cabins
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)
2 twin cabins with 2 lower single berths and shared facilities
21 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
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.

Public areas
”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna.  Voyages are primarily developed to offer 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.


Ortelius Deckplan