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Ortelius

A historic vessel worthy of her cartographer name exploring the remotest reaches of the polar realms.
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 11,842
6 Itineraries
11 - 21 Days
Small Size
108 Guests
Service Level
Authentic
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 11,842

Highlights

  • The ship still shows her original working roots to give you the feeling of being on a real expedition but without the discomfort.
  • Onboard helicopter used on select voyages only, specifically in the Weddell & Ross Seas to enable deeper polar exploration.
  • Extensive open-deck maximises wildlife viewing, and a broad, heavy design makes her one of the safest, most stable polar ships.

Built in 1989 as a scientific research vessel, and recently extensively refurbished, the Ortelius is an expedition-style ship with the highest ice class rating available, she is ideally suited for exploration into the most remote corners of Antarctica. Named after the publisher of the first modern atlas, Ortelius can accommodate up to 108 passengers and is manned by 52 highly experienced nautical crew members.

Life On Board

The ship’s solid, former research vessel exterior contrasts with a modern, comfortable three-star hotel on the inside with 19 hotel staff. The spacious bridge is a great place to hang out, and the abundance of open-deck spaces is perfect for bird and whale watching at sea, as well as iceberg spotting. Facilities and onboard activities include a bar, two dining rooms, a lecture room for enrichment lectures delivered by onboard naturalists, an observation lounge for wildlife watching, and photo workshops. There are eight expedition specialists (one expedition leader, one assistant, and six lecturer-guides), as well as a medical doctor.

There are 50 cabins on board in six different categories, including twins, doubles, triples and quadruples. All cabins are outside-facing with private ensuite bathrooms with a shower & toilet, and all contain a writing desk and chair, TV, Wi-Fi (supplemented), a hairdryer and a safe deposit box. Additionally, the Superior and Twin Deluxe cabins have refrigerators and kettles.

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Specifications

  • Guests
    108
  • Staff & Crew
    52
  • Guide & Crew to Guest Ratios
    1:15 & 1:2.1
  • Guest to Space Ratio
    1:42
  • Number of Decks
    4
  • Number of Cabins
    50
  • Zodiacs & Loading Bays
    10 & 2
  • Year Built
    1989
  • Ice Class
    UL1 (1A)
  • Length
    298.4 ft (91.0 m)
  • Beam
    56.4 ft (17.2 m)
  • Draft
    17.7 ft (5.4 m)
  • Cruising Speed
    10.5 kn
  • Stabilizers
    -

Amenities

cocktail
Bar & Observation Lounge
stethoscope
Clinic
helicopter
Helicopter
presentation
Lecture Theater
hotel bell
Lobby
armchair
Observation Lounge

Cabins

There are 6 cabin types available

Quadruple Cabin

4 Guests, 2 x Bunkbed
140 ft² (13 m²)
4 Cabins

Triple Cabin

3 Guests, Bunkbed/Single
2 Cabins

Twin Porthole Cabin

2 Guests, Twin
26 Cabins

Twin Window Cabin

2 Guests, Twin
189 ft² (18 m²)
12 Cabins

Twin Deluxe Cabin

2 Guests, Twin
191 ft² (18 m²)
2 Cabins

Superior Cabin

2-3 Guests, Double + Sofa Bed
209 ft² (19 m²)
6 Cabins

Itineraries

There are 6 itineraries available
Antarctica
11 Day / 10 Night

Antarctica

Length: 11 Day / 10 Night
Embarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Sites: Tierra del Fuego, Beagle Channel, Melchior Islands, Schollaert Channel, + 8 More
$ 14,840 - $ 21,436
Per Person
Antarctica - Discovery & Learning Voyage
11 Day / 10 Night

Antarctica - Discovery & Learning Voyage

Length: 11 Day / 10 Night
Embarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Sites: Danco Island, Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay, Port Lockroy, + 6 More
$ 11,842 - $ 18,963
Per Person
Antarctica - Basecamp
13 Day / 12 Night

Antarctica - Basecamp

The most adventurous exploration of Antarctica packed with plenty of opportunities to partake in active polar pursuits.
Length: 13 Day / 12 Night
Embarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Sites: Beagle Channel, Melchior Islands, Schollaert Channel, Neumayer Channel, + 5 More
$ 14,840 - $ 36,441
Per Person
Antarctica - Beyond The Polar Circle - Wilkins Ice Shelf
16 Day / 15 Night

Antarctica - Beyond The Polar Circle - Wilkins Ice Shelf

Length: 16 Day / 15 Night
Embarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Sites: Tierra del Fuego, Beagle Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Pendleton Strait, + 9 More
$ 15,740 - $ 22,935
Per Person
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica (20D)
20 Day / 19 Night

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica (20D)

Length: 20 Day / 19 Night
Embarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Sites: Beagle Channel, Falkland Islands, Carcass Island, Port Stanley, + 13 More
$ 20,312 - $ 29,456
Per Person
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica (21D)
21 Day / 20 Night

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica (21D)

Length: 21 Day / 20 Night
Embarkation: Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Sites: Falkland Islands, Steeple Jason, Carcass Island, Saunders Island, + 21 More
$ 20,012 - $ 29,006
Per Person
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October 21 - Nov 10, 2024
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
$ 20,012 - $ 29,006
November 30 - Dec 10, 2024
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 11,842 - $ 17,314
December 10 - Dec 29, 2024
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 20,312 - $ 29,456
December 29 - Jan 8, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 14,840 - $ 21,436
December 29 - Jan 10, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 14,840 - $ 36,441
January 10 - Jan 20, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 14,840 - $ 21,436
January 10 - Jan 22, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 14,840 - $ 36,441
January 22 - Feb 1, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 12,967 - $ 18,963
February 1 - Feb 11, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 12,967 - $ 18,963
February 13 - Feb 25, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 14,840 - $ 36,441
February 25 - Mar 9, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 14,840 - $ 36,441
March 21 - Apr 5, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 15,740 - $ 22,935
Aurora Australis

Special Departures

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Special Departure
Stunning green southern lights above the icebergs
Aurora Australis

Dr. Tyler Nordgren will lead our night sky viewing activity on deck when the weather and auroras are favorable, speaking about the southern sky and its auroras. Nordgren is a professor of astronomy and physics at the University of Redlands as well as a former member of the Board for the International Dark Sky Associ...

Special Departure

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