M/V Ortelius

Oceanwide Expedition Ship
p.p. in a Shared Cabin, Excludes Flights
Size Small (108 Guests)
Stars 3* Standard
Zodiacs & Embarkation 10 Boats | 2 Points
Expeditions Rating Excellent
Activities Kayaking, Camping, Citizen Science, Mountaineering, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Polar Plunge
M/V Ortelius - Superior

The M/V Ortelius is the ice-strengthened and ideal polar vessel for your Antarctic expedition and is fortified for both world poles. The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1, equivalent to 1A) and is therefor suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice as well as the loose multi-year pack ice. Ortelius only accommodates up to 108 passengers and has an abundance of open-deck spaces. It is manned by highly experienced nautical crew members and expedition specialists.

Though these voyages are primarily meant to offer passengers an exploratory wildlife program with as much time ashore as possible using Zodiacs, Ortelius offers all the comforts of a standard hotel.

The Ortelius ship was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989. It served as a special-purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science but later was renamed for Dutch/Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius. In 1570 he published the world’s most expensive print book at the time, a modern world atlas: Theater of the World.

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  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Not Included

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

*Note that we will quote flights for you when provided with your desired travel dates. Costs will vary depending on your travel dates. 

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