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Ortelius is a fantastic ice-strengthened vessel which enables it to navigate through solid one-year sea ice and multi-year ice packs as well as access remote areas not reached by the larger ships.
There’s a wide 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. The cabins are comfortable with all modern amenities, and the emphasis is on offering an authentic expeditionary vessel and spending as much time as possible exploring the seas.
Meals are served in the dining room and there are also plenty of spacious public areas including an observation lounge, open deck space, and an open bridge policy where you can watch the crew at work, plotting the journey on charts and looking out for whales.
Many exciting activities are available such as zodiac cruises, hikes, wildlife watching, kayaking, snowshoeing, mountaineering, camping, diving and helicopter rides.
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.
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.
Ortelius is a confident vessel that offers all the comforts of a standard hotel along with a bar and lecture room. There’s a wide selection of cabin types, and all come with modern amenities. The range of viewing platforms is commendable; we especially like the open bridge policy where you can watch the crew at work, plotting the journey and looking out for whales.
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