ABOUT THE SHIP

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This great little expedition ship began as the Marina Svetaeva, built in Poland in 1989 as a special-purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of ScienceLater it was renamed after the Dutch/Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598), who in 1570 published the first modern world atlas which, at the time, was the most expensive book ever printed. Onboard the Ortelius has an informal atmosphere, with a lecture room for expert presentations and a bar to quench your thirst after coming in from a landing. 

  • Length: 91.25 meters
  • Expedition staff + crew: 52
  • Draft: 5.8 meters
  • Ice class: UL1 (equivalent to 1A)
  • Speed: 10.5 knots average cruising speed
  • Passengers: 116 in 53 cabins
  • Bar + Lecture room

WHY WE LIKE HER

  • INTREPID

    High ice-class – the Ortelius has an ice-class of UL1 (equivalent to 1Awhich means she can easily navigate through solid one-year sea ice as well as loose multi-year pack ice, getting you to spots that other ships might not be able to.

  • SPACE

    Lots of open-deck space – the best place to spot wildlife is out on deck, and the Ortelius offers a lot of great outdoor space on different levels of the ship.

  • RELAXED

    Informal atmosphere – a comfortable ship with an easygoing atmosphere, you never have to worry about whether you’ve got the right dinner wear.  

RATES & DATES

Per Person USD Rates
2020-2021
Quad PortholeTriple PortholeTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin
Deluxe
Superior
Basecamp Ortelius - Antarctica
Nov 08 - Nov 19, 2020 (12 days)
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,050
Full
$9,950$10,350
Full
$11,000$11,900
Weddell Sea - In Search of the Emperor Penguin
Nov 19 - Nov 29, 2020 (11 days)
$11,500
1 Berth
$13,100$13,700
Limited
$14,250
Full
$15,100
Limited
Basecamp Ortelius - Antarctica
Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2020 (12 days)
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,050
Full
$9,950
1 Berth
$10,350
Limited
$11,000
Full
$11,900
Basecamp Ortelius - Antarctica 13 Day
Nov 10 - Dec 22, 2020 (13 days)
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,450
Full
$10,400$10,900
$11,600$12,450
Basecamp Ortelius - Antarctica 13 Day
Dec 22 - Jan 03, 2021 (13 days)
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,950
Full
$10,950
Full
$11,500
Full
$12,200
Full
$12,950
Full
Antarctic Peninsula with S. Shetlands
Jan 03 - Jan 13, 2021 (11 days)
Camp, Kayak
$8,050
Full
$9,950$10,350$11,000$11,900
Ross Sea - Ushuaia to Bluff, 33-day 2021
Jan 13 - Feb 15, 2021 (34 days)
$27,700
$34,900$35,900$37,900$39,900
Limited
Ross Sea - Ushuaia to Bluff, 33-day 2021
Feb 16 - Mar 19, 2021 (32 days)
$27,700
$34,900$35,900$37,900$39,900
Polar Circle and Antarctica - 14 Day
Mar 19 - Apr 01, 2021 (14 days)
$8,550
1 Berth
$10,550$10,950$11,700
Full
$12,500

INSIDER ADVICE

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ANTARCTICA

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WHAT TO BRING

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