MV Ortelius

Discover remote and untouched regions of the Arctic and Antarctica aboard the impressive Ortelius, an ice-strengthened vessel that's perfect for polar expedition cruises. Originally built in 1989 as the "Marina Svetaeva," this ship has since been re-flagged and named after Abraham Ortelius, the famous Dutch/Flemish cartographer who created the world's first modern atlas in 1570.

With the highest ice-class classification (UL1 equivalent to 1A), the Ortelius is exceptionally well-suited to navigate through solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice, making it possible to explore remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land. It comfortably accommodates up to 108 passengers in 52 cabins, providing ample open deck space and a large bridge that passengers can explore.

Inside, you'll find hotel-style comfort and amenities, including two restaurants, a bar/lecture room, and a sauna.

                   Room of the MV Ortelius MV Ortelius dining

The ship is professionally manned by a crew of 52 (including a doctor), and expedition staff aim to offer passengers a world-class exploratory wildlife program, with as much time as possible spent ashore. With a limited number of passengers onboard, you can expect maximum flexibility and plenty of wildlife encounters. The Ortelius carries 11 zodiacs, 9 of which are in use and 2 on reserve, powered by reliable 60hp Yamaha engines.

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and experience the thrill of exploring some of the world's most remote and breathtaking locations aboard the Ortelius.

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Technical Specifications
90.95 metres
17.2 metres
5.4 metres
14.3 knots
10.5 knots
240 volts
UL1 (equivalent 1A)