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

  • ENTREPID

    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
Quad
Porthole
Twin
Porthole
Twin
Window
Twin
Deluxe
Superior
North Spitsbergen, 6-Day
May 31st - June 6th, 2020 (6 days)
$2,950
Limited
$4,100$4,450$4,700
$5,300
North Spitsbergen
June 5th - June 12th, 2020 (8 days)
Bilingual trip: English/German
$4,100
Limited
$5,700$6,200
$6,600
$7,450
North Spitsbergen
June 12th - June 19th, 2020 (8 days)
$4,100$5,700$6,200$6,600
$7,450
North Spitsbergen
June 19th - June 26th, 2020 (8 days)
Bilingual trip: English/German
$4,100
$5,700$6,200
$6,600
$7,450
Around Spitsbergen
June 26th - July 5th, 2020 (10 days)
Snowshoe
$5,050
$7,400$7,900$8,450
$9,500
Around Spitsbergen
July 5th - July 14th, 2020 (10 days)
$5,050$7,400$7,900$8,450
$9,500
East Spitsbergen - Arctic Academy
Aug 3rd - Aug 12th, 2020 (10 days)
$7,400
Limited
$7,900$8,450$9,500
North Spitsbergen - 82 Degrees North, 8-day
Aug 28th - Sep 4th, 2020 (8 days)
$4,100$5,700$6,200$6,600$7,450

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