The mighty Ortelius was built in Poland back in 1989, and served on research missions for the Russian Academy of Science before being decommissioned and refurbished for our more adventurous expeditions. Now she can be seen gliding through Arctic and Antarctic waters, hosting travellers from all around the world and making their dreams come true.
|Passengers:||116 in 53 cabins|
|Staff & crew:||52|
|Ice class:||UL1 (Equivalent to 1A)|
|Propulsion:||6 ZL 40/48 SULZER|
|Speed:||14.5 knots maximum|
One of the major worries that many travellers have when venturing to the extreme north or south is the threat of ice. We’ve all seen Titanic! And we’ve all heard stories of adventurers getting stuck in the white wilderness. Fortunately, the Ortelius has the highest ice-class notation that it’s possible to have, so you’ll be in safe and steady hands for the duration of the trip. The ship is more than capable of navigating through solid sea ice, making it the perfect vessel for our photography expedition. Apart from the practicalities, the Ortelius is spacious, comfortable, and staffed by an experienced international crew. The exact makeup of the crew is as follows: 22 highly-trained nautical crew members, 19 international hospitality staff, 8 expedition staff including your expedition leaders, and for every passenger’s health and safety, a qualified doctor.
Aside from charming, well-equipped cabins, the Ortelius offers plenty of space for guests to relax and enjoy the views. The ship has a comfortable bar, a lecture room and several decks from which to take photographs and delight in your serene surroundings. The Ortelius also carries ten zodiac crafts, giving passengers easy access to the land for day trips and excursions. Although the ship is perfect for weaving around sea ice, sometimes a more scenic shot from the water’s surface is necessary!
Although passengers on the Ortelius tend to be from all over the world, one thing they do have in common is a shared sense of adventure. On a typical voyage the age range will be between 30 and 80 years old, but the average is probably somewhere in the middle of those two numbers. Age and nationality quickly become irrelevant, as our passengers enjoy an incredible experience together.