M/V Ortelius

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The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure in remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land.

“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 is re-flagged and renamed “Ortelius”. As Plancius, Ortelius was 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. At that time, the atlas 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 24 highly experienced international nautical crew, 20 international hotel crew, including stewardesses, 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 private shower and toilet.

”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 108 on the “Ortelius”, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

Cruise Expeditions

Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

Full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

North Spitsbergen, in the realm of Polar Bear & Ice – Birding, Summer Solstice

Antarctica – Beyond the Polar Circle – Wilkins Ice Shelf – Aurora Australis

Visit places discovered by De Gerlache on his polar expedition onboard the Belgica

Antarctica – Polar Circle – Deep South Discovery voyage

Crossing the Polar Circle

Remote Weddell Sea Explorer

This expansive voyage explores one of the most remote, scenic, wildlife-filled regions on Earth: the great Weddell Sea

Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctica 20 Days

Meet at least six penguin species

Antarctica – Discovery and learning voyage

Classic Antarctica including Deception Island

Antarctica – Basecamp

The best activity voyage in Antarctica

Antarctica – Discovery and learning voyage

Classic Antarctica including Deception Island

Weddell Sea – In search of the Emperor Penguin

Searching for the Elusive Emperor Penguins

Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctica 21 Days

Meet at least six penguin species!

Cabin Detail


The Netherlands
Ice Class:
UL1 (equivalent to 1A)
4090 tons
6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
Cruising Speed:
10.5 knots
No. of Cabins: