Twin Tracks Expeditions

MV Ortelius

Expedition Cruise Vessel

About the Ship

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 Science. Later 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


    High ice-class – the Ortelius has an ice-class of UL1 (equivalent to 1A) which 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.


    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.


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

Photos of the Ship

Antarctic Rates and Dates

Per Person USD Rates
Quad PortholeTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin
Falklands, S Georgia, Antarctica
Oct 25 - Nov 14, 2021 (21 days)
Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin
Nov 14 - Nov 24, 2021 (11 days)
Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica
Dec 13 - Jan 03, 2022 (22 days)
Antarctic Peninsula with S. Shetlands.
Jan 03 - Jan 13, 2022 (11 days)
Camp, Kayak
Ross Sea - Ushuaia to Bluff, 33-day 2021
Jan 13 - Feb 15, 2022 (34 days)
Ross Sea - Bluff to Ushuaia, 33-day 2021
Feb 16 - Mar 19, 2022 (32 days)
Polar Circle and Antarctica - 14 Day
Mar 19 - Apr 01, 2022 (14 days)
1 Berth

Insider Advice

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