Ortelius

Ortelius was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989 and originally served as a research vessel. Later it was re-flagged and renamed after the Dutch/Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598), who in 1570 published the first modern world atlas. Ortelius is classed by Lloyd’s Register in London and flies the Dutch flag.

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. It is a great expedition vessel for travelers looking for a small ship experience and to maximize time on shore. The voyages are primarily developed to offer 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, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

The ship offers simple but comfortable cabins and public spaces. There are 6 different cabin categories all with a minimum of 2 portholes or windows per cabin and private facilities (toilet, sink shower). Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room. 

On select voyages into the Weddell Sea the ship will use helicopters to transfer passengers to shore in areas where zodiacs cannot be used.

Ship Specifications:

  • Maximum # of Guests: 108 passengers
  • Staff & crew: Crew 44 | Guides 8 | Doctor 1
  • Ice class: UL1 (equivalent to 1A)
  • Year Launched: 1989, Various decks refurbished in 2012, 2017 & 2019 
  • Speed: 10.5 average cruising speed 
  • Length: 90.94 meters (298 feet)
  • Voltage: 220v, 60Hz. Electrical outlets are standard European with two thick round pins. 
  • Minimum age: 4 years old with child waiver completed
 

Ship Gallery

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD

Single Travelers:

  • Can book into a share cabin in Quad – Twin Deluxe
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price

Adventure Options:

  • On Basecamp departures all activities are free

Single Travelers:

  • Can book into a share cabin in Quad – Twin Deluxe
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price

Adventure Options:

  • On Basecamp departures all activities are free
Quad Porthole
$9,700
 
Twin Porthole
$11,950
 
Twin Window
$12,600
 
Twin Deluxe
$13,500
Limited
Superior
$14,400
 

Remote Weddell Sea Explorer Including South Georgia

Feb 18 - Mar 17, 2026 (28 days)
Quad Porthole
$26,500
 
Twin Porthole
$33,000
 
Twin Window
$34,600
 
Twin Deluxe
$37,000
Limited
Superior
$39,000
 

Remote Weddell Sea Explorer Including South Georgia

Jan 22 - Feb 18, 2026 (28 days)
Quad Porthole
$26,500
Limited
Twin Porthole
$33,000
 
Twin Window
$34,600
 
Twin Deluxe
$37,000
Limited
Superior
$39,000
 
Quad Porthole
$11,100
Full
Twin Porthole
$13,650
Limited
Twin Window
$14,300
Full
Twin Deluxe
$15,400
Full
Superior
$16,500
Full
Quad Porthole
$11,100
Full
Twin Porthole
$13,650
 
Twin Window
$14,300
 
Twin Deluxe
$15,400
Limited
Superior
$16,500
 
Quad Porthole
$14,500
 
Twin Porthole
$17,600
 
Twin Window
$18,400
 
Twin Deluxe
$20,000
Limited
Superior
$21,400
 

Antarctica – Discovery & Learning

Dec 1 - Dec 11, 2025 (11 days)
Quad Porthole
$8,050
Limited
Twin Porthole
$9,800
 
Twin Window
$10,250
 
Twin Deluxe
$11,100
Limited
Superior
$11,850
 

Weddell Sea – In Search of the Emperor Penguin

Nov 21 - Dec 1, 2025 (11 days)
Quad Porthole
$12,900
Limited
Twin Porthole
$14,750
 
Twin Window
$15,300
 
Twin Deluxe
$16,350
Limited
Superior
$17,150
 

Weddell Sea – In Search of the Emperor Penguin

Nov 11 - Nov 21, 2025 (11 days)
Quad Porthole
$12,900
 
Twin Porthole
$14,750
 
Twin Window
$15,300
 
Twin Deluxe
$16,350
Limited
Superior
$17,150
 
Quad Porthole
$14,250
 
Twin Porthole
$17,450
 
Twin Window
$18,150
 
Twin Deluxe
$19,550
Limited
Superior
$21,000
 
Quad Porthole
$5,650
 
Twin Porthole
$8,200
 
Twin Window
$8,850
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,500
Limited
Superior
$10,650
 
Quad Porthole
$7,450
 
Twin Porthole
$10,450
 
Twin Window
$11,500
 
Twin Deluxe
$12,150
Limited
Superior
$13,550
 
Quad Porthole
$5,650
 
Twin Porthole
$8,200
 
Twin Window
$8,850
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,500
Limited
Superior
$10,650
 
Quad Porthole
$5,650
 
Twin Porthole
$8,200
 
Twin Window
$8,850
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,500
Limited
Superior
$10,650
 
Quad Porthole
$5,650
 
Twin Porthole
$8,200
 
Twin Window
$8,850
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,500
Limited
Superior
$10,650
 
Quad Porthole
$5,650
 
Twin Porthole
$8,200
 
Twin Window
$8,850
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,500
Limited
Superior
$10,650
 

North Spitsbergen Basecamp

Jun 26 - Jul 3, 2025 (8 days)
Kayaking, Photography
Quad Porthole
$4,300
Limited
Twin Porthole
$5,950
 
Twin Window
$6,450
 
Twin Deluxe
$6,800
Limited
Superior
$7,750
 

North Spitsbergen Explorer

Jun 19 - Jun 26, 2025 (8 days)
Quad Porthole
$4,300
 
Twin Porthole
$5,950
 
Twin Window
$6,450
 
Twin Deluxe
$6,800
Limited
Superior
$7,750
 

North Spitsbergen Explorer

Jun 12 - Jun 19, 2025 (8 days)
Quad Porthole
$4,300
 
Twin Porthole
$5,950
 
Twin Window
$6,450
 
Twin Deluxe
$6,800
Limited
Superior
$7,750
 
Quad Porthole
$10,500
Full
Twin Porthole
$12,800
 
Twin Window
$13,400
 
Twin Deluxe
$14,300
Limited
Superior
$15,300
 
Quad Porthole
$7,700
Limited
Twin Porthole
$9,450
 
Twin Window
$10,000
 
Twin Deluxe
$10,600
Full
Superior
$11,200
 

Remote Weddell Sea Explorer Including South Georgia

Feb 11 - Mar 10, 2025 (28 days)
Quad Porthole
$24,700
Limited
Twin Porthole
$31,100
Limited
Twin Window
$32,300
Full
Twin Deluxe
$33,850
Limited
Superior
$35,600
Full

Antarctica – Discovery & Learning

Feb 1 - Feb 11, 2025 (11 days)
Quad Porthole
$8,650
Limited
Twin Porthole
$10,700
 
Twin Window
$11,150
 
Twin Deluxe
$11,800
Limited
Superior
$12,650
 
Quad Porthole
$8,650
Limited
Twin Porthole
$10,700
 
Twin Window
$11,150
 
Twin Deluxe
$11,800
Limited
Superior
$12,650
 
Quad Porthole
$9,900
Limited
Twin Porthole
$12,150
 
Twin Window
$12,650
Limited
Twin Deluxe
$13,400
Full
Superior
$14,300
 
Quad Porthole
$9,900
Full
Twin Porthole
$12,150
Limited
Twin Window
$12,650
Limited
Twin Deluxe
$13,400
Limited
Superior
$14,300
 
Quad Porthole
$13,550
Limited
Twin Porthole
$16,500
 
Twin Window
$17,250
 
Twin Deluxe
$18,350
Limited
Superior
$19,650
 
Quad Porthole
$7,900
Limited
Twin Porthole
$9,700
 
Twin Window
$10,100
 
Twin Deluxe
$10,750
Limited
Superior
$11,550
Limited

Weddell Sea – In Search of the Emperor Penguin

Nov 20 - Nov 30, 2024 (11 days)
Quad Porthole
$12,100
Limited
Twin Porthole
$13,800
 
Twin Window
$14,350
 
Twin Deluxe
$15,000
Full
Superior
$15,800
Limited

Weddell Sea – In Search of the Emperor Penguin

Nov 10 - Nov 20, 2024 (11 days)
Quad Porthole
$12,100
Limited
Twin Porthole
$13,800
Full
Twin Window
$14,350
Full
Twin Deluxe
$15,000
Full
Superior
$15,800
Full

East Greenland, Scoresby Sund – Aurora Borealis

Sep 11 - Sep 19, 2024 (9 days)
Quad Porthole
$4,600
$900 Save
$3,700
Limited
Twin Porthole
$6,400
 
Twin Window
$6,900
 
Twin Deluxe
$7,300
Full
Superior
$8,300
 
Quad Porthole
$7,000
Limited
Twin Porthole
$9,800
Limited
Twin Window
$10,800
Limited
Twin Deluxe
$11,400
Full
Superior
$12,700
 

Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Superior

The 6 Superior cabins are the most spacious and the only cabin category with a double bed. They are all located on deck 5. Features: 2 windows (minimum), 1 double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space. 

198 – 220 square feet / 18.4 – 20.4 square meters.

Ortelius twin deluxe cabin

Twin Deluxe

There are just 2 Twin Deluxe cabins located on deck 5. Features: 3 windows, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Small sofa, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space. 

190 square feet / 17.7 square meters

Ortelius, twin window cabin

Twin Window

The 12 Twin Window cabins are all located on deck 5. Features: 2 windows, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space. 

188 – 190 square feet / 17.5 – 17.7 square meters

Ortelius, twin porthole cabin

Twin Porthole

The most abundant cabin category, most of which are located on deck 4 (there are 2 on deck 3). Features: 2 portholes, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space. 

123 – 163 square feet / 11.4 – 15.1 square meters

Ortelius, triple cabin

Triple Porthole

2 Triple cabins located forward on deck 3. Features: 2 portholes, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space.

Ortelius, quad porthole cabin

quadruple Porthole

4 Quad cabins midship on deck 3. Features: 2 portholes, 2 upper berths & 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space. 

133 – 152 square feet / 12.4 – 14.1 square meters

Deck Plan