Ortelius

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

  • INTREPID

    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.

  • 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.

Photos of the Ship

Arctic Rates and Dates

Per Person USD Rates
2021
Quad
Porthole
Twin
Porthole
Twin
Window
Twin
Deluxe
Superior
North Spitsbergen
Jun 03 - Jun 10, 2021 (8 days)
$3,950$5,500$5,950$6,300
$7,150
North Spitsbergen
Jun 10 - Jun 17, 2021 (8 days)
Bilingual trip: English - German!
$3,950
Limited
$5,500$5,950
Full
$6,300
$7,150
Basecamp North Spitsbergen
Jun 17 - Jun 24, 2021 (8 days)
Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$3,950$5,500$5,950$6,300
$7,150
Basecamp North Spitsbergen
Jun 24 - Jul 01, 2021 (8 days)
Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$3,950$5,500$5,950$6,300
$7,150
Around Spitsbergen
Jul 01 - Jul 10, 2021 (10 days)
$5,150$7,350$7,950$8,500
Full
$9,500
Around Spitsbergen
Jul 10 - Jul 19, 2021 (10 days)
$5,150$7,350$7,950$8,500
$9,500
Around Spitsbergen
Jul 19 - Jul 28, 2021 (10 days)
$5,150$7,350$7,950$8,500
$9,500
Around Spitsbergen
Jul 28 - Aug 06, 2021 (10 days)
$5,150$7,350$7,950$8,500
$9,500
Around Spitsbergen
Aug 06 - Aug 15, 2021 (10 days)
$5,150$7,350$7,950$8,500
$9,500
North Spitsbergen – 82 Degrees North
Aug 24 - Aug 31, 2021 (8 days)
$4,100
Full
$5,700
Full
$6,150
Full
$6,500
Full
$7,400
Full
Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland
Aug 31 - Sep 13, 2021 (14 days)
$6,700$9,350$10,250
Limited
$10,850
Full
$12,200

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