Antarctica and Arctic
Ortelius was built in Poland in 1989 and began life as a Russian Research vessel perfect for playing the waters of the Arctic with its ice-strengthened hull. This high ice classification enables Ortelius to navigate through solid one year sea ice and multi-year ice packs and access remote areas not reached by the larger ships.
Fully refitted in 2005 she has a selection of cabin types from shared quads to suites with the option of shared or private bathrooms for up to 116 passengers across 53 cabins. Whilst not luxurious, the cabins are perfectly comfortable, the emphasis of travelling aboard this authentic expeditionary vessel is spending as much time as possible exploring the Polar Regions. Spacious public areas include the observations lounge, dining rooms, plenty of open deck space plus an open bridge policy to watch the crew at work, plotting the journey on charts and looking out for whales.
Manned by a highly experienced crew of expeditionary staff, activities and excursions are wide ranging and adventurous, led by experts in their own field. There are the usual exciting zodiac cruises, hikes and wildlife watching, but depending on the Antarctica cruise departure kayaking, snowshoeing, mountaineering, camping, even diving and helicopter rides are all possible (at extra cost). Some are available on selected Arctic cruises. Supplement these exciting experiences with more relaxed and informative lectures given by the same staff, many of whom are expert historians, naturalists, scientists and geologists.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Antarctica Cruises into a greater Antarctic holiday. Take a look at Classic Antarctica Cruise as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
- Location & Getting There
Ortelius offers sailings from Longyearbyen, on Svalbard, to explore the Arctic, from Ushuaia in Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula, and Falklands & South Georgia as part of longer cruises.
The ship has a selection of cabin types from Shared Quads to Suites with the option of shared or private bathrooms for up to 116 passengers across 53 cabins. Basic amenities provided are a desk and chair, hair dryer and ample storage space. Cabins offering more room and privacy such as the Twin Deluxe or Standard cabins also provide a sofa bed, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, and coffee and tea maker.
- Observation decks
- Lecture room
- Dining: 2 restaurants
Manned by a highly experienced crew of expeditionary staff, activities and excursions are wide ranging and adventurous, led by experts in their own field. There are the usual exciting zodiac cruises, hikes and wildlife watching, but depending on the Antarctica cruise departure, kayaking, snowshoeing, mountaineering, camping, diving and even helicopter rides are all possible.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities available.