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m/v Ortelius


The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica.

“Ortelius” was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, was named “Marina Svetaeva”, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel was then reflagged and renamed “Ortelius” after a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, the ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ or ‘Theatre of the World’ in 1570 which at the time was the most expensive book ever printed.

The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is, therefore, very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. “Ortelius” is a great expedition vessel for 108 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces.

The vessel is manned by 20 highly experienced international nautical crew, 19 international hotel crew, including stewardesses, 7 expedition staff in Antarctica (1 expedition leader and 6 guides/lecturers), for the Arctic we will have 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 7 guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor.

The vessel offers simple but comfortable cabins and public spaces • 4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins) • 26 twin porthole cabin with 2 single lower berths • 12 twin cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths • 2 twin deluxe cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths • 6 superior cabins with double beds. All cabins are spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin and all cabins have a private shower and toilet.

”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room. The voyages are primarily developed to offer passengers a quality exploratory wildlife programme, aiming to spend as much time ashore as possible.


  • Passengers: 108 passengers in 50 cabins
  • Staff & crew: 52
  • Length: 90.95 meters
  • Breadth: 17.20 meters
  • Draft: 5.4 meters
  • Ice class: UL1 (Equivalent to 1A)
  • Displacement: 4090 tonnes
  • Propulsion: 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
  • Speed: 10.5 knots average cruising speed

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