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Ortelius has the highest ice-class notation and is highly suitable for navigating in solid one-year sea ice, and loose multi-year pack ice, providing possibilities to travel to remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land.

Originally named Marina Svetaeva, she was built in Poland in 1989, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Ortelius makes a great expedition vessel vessel for Polar expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. She offers lots of open deck space and a large bridge open to passengers. As the number of passengers is limited to 116, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

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Key info

  • Length: 91.25 m (299.3 feet) metres
  • Passengers: 116 in 53 cabins
  • Crew and staff: 47

wildlife trips

Ortelius offers the following cabin classes:

Twin deluxe with private facilities

  • Location: Corner cabin
  • Beds: 2 lower berths
  • External view: 2 windows
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet, TV

Quadruple with private facilities

  • Location: Deck 3
  • Beds: 2 upper/lower berths
  • External view: Porthole
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet

Triple with private facilities

  • Location: Deck 3
  • Beds: 1 upper/lower berth and 1 single lower berth
  • External view: Porthole
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet

Twin with private facilities

  • Location: Decks 3 & 4
  • Beds: 2 lower berths
  • External view: Porthole (cabins with window on Deck 5 available at a supplement)
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet

Triple superior with private facilities

  • Location: Decks 4 & 5
  • Beds: 1 double bed and 1 single bed
  • External view: Window
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet, Fridge, Lounge

Wildlife trips

This cruise vessel is featured in the following itineraries:

Around Spitsbergen

Sail through a wonderland of mountain and glacial scenery and enjoy spectacular wildlife encounters in this polar bear and birdwatchers paradise. Highlights include an exhilarating ride along the spectacular 14th of July Glacier, where large numbers of kittiwakes and Brunnichs guillemots nest on the nearby cliffs.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 10-11 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,785 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Classic Antarctica

This voyage is a perfect introduction to the Antarctic, visiting prime wildlife sites along the Peninsula and in the nearby South Shetland islands. Encounter huge rookeries of gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins, beaches adorned with wallowing elephant seals, and whales and dolphins along the way.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 10-11 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,590 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Crossing the Polar Circle

The aim of this voyage is to reach as far south as weather and ice conditions will permit, and cross the Antarctic Circle, a feat that only a few will ever accomplish. En route you will navigate awe-inspiring waterways, littered with giant icebergs, whilst being followed by an array of seabirds and several whale species.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 12-14 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £6,390 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

East Greenland

Sailing north from Reykjavik, this voyage explores Greenland and its surrounding waters, home to an impressive array of wildlife – you will undoubtedly be accompanied by fulmars, kittiwakes and rafts of guillemots. The autumn scenery is dramatic, with vivid colours by day and the spectacular northern lights by night.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Emperor Penguins of the Weddell Sea

This voyage to the Weddell Sea offers a unique highlight - three days are reserved to visit, by helicopter, an emperor penguin colony, situated south of Snow Hill Island. Getting close to these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is a unique and memorable experience.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 11 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £9,000 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Great Antarctic Voyage

This ultimate Antarctic experience marries the phenomenal wildlife of the sub-Antarctic islands of the Falklands and South Georgia to the pristine beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore dramatic wilderness areas and visit huge penguin colonies, all amongst hauntingly beautiful polar scenery.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 19-20 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £10,870 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

North Spitsbergen

This one week voyage provides an intoxicating mix of astonishing landscapes, stunning coastline and spectacular wildlife, including huge colonies of seabirds, walruses, whales, Arctic foxes and polar bears. The long daylight hours offer maximum time to appreciate this breathtaking land of ice to the full.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £3995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Ross Sea & Grand Southern Antarctica

Travelling from Ushuaia to New Zealand, this voyage takes you across the Ross Sea, where around one third of the world’s emperor penguins breeds. Landings are made by Zodiac inflatable or helicopter, and other wildlife highlights include elephant seals, Adélie and gentoo penguins, and orca and minke whales.

  • When to go: Feb-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 32 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £22,175 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour