Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

Length: 299 ft.

Passengers: 116

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Named for a pioneering Dutch cartographer and originally used as a research vessel by the Russian Academy of Science, the M/V Ortelius is the perfect expeditionary vessel for whale watching, penguin viewing, and other Antarctic excursions. Its plentiful deck space and comfortable cabins ensure that passengers have abundant opportunities to experience the wildlife of these harsh polar regions.

The Ortelius is capable of navigating in all type of sea ice, from solid one-year formations to loose multi-year packs, and comes with a highly experienced crew of stewardesses, guides, and doctors to help passengers get the most from their Antarctic voyage. Its voyages to the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land pass through some of the remotest regions on Earth, while its expert naturalists open up a world of wonders for travelers as they go ashore.


The Ortelius offers twin, triple, quadruple, and superior cabins, with a variety of bunk- or double-bed combinations. What’s more, since all cabins have a minimum of two portholes facing outward, you’ll have abundant opportunities to observe wildlife from the privacy of your room. All cabins also come with private showers and toilets.

Common Areas

The Ortelius’s on-board amenities cause it to feel like a floating hotel. They include two on-board restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine, a full bar with portholes for observation, and a lecture room for educational talks by the ship’s resident naturalists and guides. The deck areas are also maximized to allow all passengers to go topside during good weather conditions.

Ortelius Cruises


Itinerary Maps


M/V Ortelius - Antarctic Peninsula Itinerary Map

Antarctic Peninsula Aboard the Ortelius 11 D/10 N

M/V Ortelius - Weddell Sea Emperor Penguin Voyage Itinerary Map

Weddell Sea – Emperor Penguin Voyage 11 D/10 N

Deck Plan and Technical Specifications


M/V Ortelius Deck Plan

Year Built 1989
Port of Embarkation Ushuaia, Argentina
Vessel’s Registry Cypress
Type of Vessel Expedition Cruise Ship
Ice Class UL1 (Equivalent to 1A)
Length 299 ft. / 91.25 Meters
Beam 58 ft. / 17.61 Meters
Draft 19 ft. / 5.8 Meters
Propulsion 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
Cruising Speed 14.30 Knots maximum
Crew Members 47 including a physician

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