Ortelius: Ship Details and Overview


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Built in Poland in 1989 for the Russian Academy of Science, the Ortelius was originally named “Marina Svetaeva” and is one of the most popular vessels in Antarctica.

The Ortelius has the highest ice-class notation – UL1 equivalent to 1A and sails both the Arctic and Antarctic oceans. With a superbly strong hull, the Ortelius is able to tackle both multi-year pack ice and solid sea ice as it navigates its way through some of the most epic landscapes on earth.

Carrying only a 100 passengers, the Ortelius is a fabulous vessel for wildlife watching as it is able to make it’s way into most ports and small bays with ease. The ship is managed by 34 highly experienced Russian nautical crew members and the captain operates an open-bridge system for best possible viewing.

The deck space is large on the Ortelius and the interior has a comfortable feel to it with several restaurants, a bar, lounge and sauna. In 2016, deck 4 was completely refurbished, as was deck 5 in 2014. The Ortelius offers a wide array of activities including kayaking, camping and helicopter rides. Boots are available to hire also.

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Ortelius Ship Overview

Specifications

Ship Type: Research Ship

Passengers: 116

Crew : 47

Cabins : 53

Length : 299

Beam : 57

Draft : 19

Speed : 14.3

Route Map of the Ortelius

Facilities

Dining Room, Bar and Lounge, Presentation Room

Equipment

Zodiacs, Kayaks, (Helicopter Weddell Sea itineraries only)

Cabin Options

Quad or Triple
Deck 3 – Two bunk beds, portholes, desk, private bathroom, storage and dryer. Can also be used as a twin cabin if needed.
Twin Porthole
Decks 3 and 4 – Porthole cabin with two single beds, private bathroom, desk, hair dryer and storage.
Twin Window
Deck 5 – Window cabin with two single beds, private bathroom, desk, hair dryer and storage.
Twin Deluxe
Deck 5 – Window cabin with two single lower berths, some come with small sofa, private en suite, desk, storage and hair dryer.
​Superior
Deck 5 – Window cabin with double bed, one sofa bed, private en suite, desk, TV, storage, mini fridge and hair dryer. Can sleep three. Some interconnect.

On-Board Facilities

Public Area Facilities

For a research vessel, he Ortelius boasts excellent facilities usually only found on expedition ships. Because of this, the Ortelius has an excellent reputation with customers.

The on board facilities include large Dining Room, Bar/Lounge, sauna and great Presentation Room.

Deck space is excellent throughout the ship and the captain operates an open bridge so you get the great views of the surrounding landscape.

Cabin Facilities

Like the public areas, the cabins are light, clean, modern and comfortable.

Each cabin comes with an outward facing window or porthole, excellent storage space, private en suite or shared bathroom. 

The suites come with more facilities such as writing desk, tv, mini fridge.

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Activities Offered

Activity Details Offered?
Camping

$180 per person on average – camping info

Kayaking

$465 per person on average

Skiing

Adventure itineraries only

Photography Workshop

Selected itineraries only

Shore-based walking

Included in price

Hiking and snowshoeing

Included in price

Polar Plunge and Zodiac Trip

Included in price

Helicopter Ride

Price varies

Scuba-diving

Price varies

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