Ortelius 2017-01-10T19:09:23+00:00

About the Ortelius

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.

Ship Specifications and Activites


  • Ship Type: Research Ship
  • Passengers: 116
  • Crew : 47
  • Cabins : 53
  • Length : 299
  • Beam : 57
  • Draft : 19
  • Speed : 14.3


Camping – $180 per night – max 30 people

Kayaking – $465 per trip – max 14 people

Helicopter ride – Select departures only

Snowshoe – No charge – sign up required

On Board Facilites

Public Area Facilites

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 Facilites

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.

You can read more about each cabin below the deck plan.

Ship Photos

Public Area Photos

Cabin Photos

Deck Plan and Cabin Information

Deck 3 – Two bunk beds, portholes, desk, private bathroom, storage and dryer. Can also be used as a twin cabin if needed.

Decks 3 and 4 – Porthole cabin with two single beds, private bathroom, desk, hair dryer and storage.

Deck 5 – Window cabin with two single beds, private bathroom, desk, hair dryer and storage.

Deck 5 – Window cabin with two single lower berths, some come with small sofa, private en suite, desk, storage and hair dryer.

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.

Prices and Itineraries

Below is a table detailing the Orteliu’s trips and prices for the 2017/18 season. All prices are per person and in US dollars. Please note that all prices are estimates only. Antarctica Guide do not sell tours, we simply provide impartial advice. If you would like an exact quote with our recommended specialist then please click here.

Per Person USD – Rates 2017-2018 Main Deck Triple Twin Semi-private Twin Private Superior Shackleton Suite Ocean Suite
Base Camp Ortelius – Antarctica
Nov 04 – Nov 15, 2017 (12 days)
$7,950 $8,950 $9,650 $10,250 $10,850 $11,850
Nov 15 – Nov 25, 2017 (11 days)
$11,550 $12,800 $13,550 $14,150 $14,800 $15,600
Base Camp cruise –
Nov 25 – Dec 06, 2017 (12 days)
$7,950 $8,950 $9,650 $10,250 $10,850 $11,850
Dec 06 – Dec 16, 2017 (11 days)
$7,200 $8,100 $8,800 $9,350 $9,900 $10,700
Dec 16 – Jan 03, 2018 (19 days)
$13,200 $14,600 $15,950 $16,950 $17,800 $19,400
Antarctic Peninsula –
Jan 13 – Jan 23, 2018 (11 days)
$7,950 $8,950 $9,650 10,250 $10,850 $11,850
Antarctic Peninsula – Jan 23 – Feb 02, 2018 (11 days)
$7,950 $8,950 $9,650 10,250 $10,850 $11,850
Antarctica via Falklands and South Georgia –
Feb 02 – Feb 20, 2018 (19 days)
$14,250 $15,650 $16,900 $17,900 $18,900 $20,800
Basecamp cruise – Mar 03 – Mar 14, 2018 (12 days)
$7,950 $8,950 $9,650 $10,250 $10,850 $11,850
Crossing the Circle Cruise – Mar 14 – Mar 28, 2018 (15 days)
$8,650 $9,550 $10,850 $11,600 $12,200 $13,400

Recommended Antarctica Cruise specialist

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Thank you and happy travels!