Ortelius, Antarctica

Excellent boat comfort

“We were in a zodiak and had a whale swim between four kodiaks. The.whale went under the kodiaks but never touched a boat. Also the…”

Michelle J, United States United States
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    • Highest ice-class notation for Antarctic voyages
    • Special Basecamp departures with extra activities
    • Free activities including camping, kayaking, and more

The Ortelius cruise ship offers exciting expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsular from November to March each year. There is a wide range of itineraries to choose from, including the popular 'Basecamp' departures. During these trips, all activities are free, including camping, kayaking, snowshoeing/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshops, and all the standard shore excursions and zodiac rides. Other trips include exploring the Weddel Sea in search of Emperor Penguins, where you will enjoy helicopter rides in the search. Whichever Antarctic cruise you choose, you will be looked after by highly experienced expedition specialists, including one expedition leader, one assistant, and 6 lecturers/guides. The Ortelius holds the highest ice-class notation available, making her more than adequate for these voyages.

Topside, the 91m Ortelius caters to 116 guests over several decks. There are 53 cabins onboard, and options range from Quadruple Share to Superior. All cabins have private toilet/shower facilities, desks, chairs, flatscreen TV, a telephone, a hairdryer, and ample storage space. The Deluxe and Superior cabins also have a sofa, refrigerator, and tea & coffee-making facilities. Social areas offer all the comforts of a standard hotel, including the spacious dining room, lounge, bar and lecture room, and deck viewing space to offer wildlife spotting opportunities.

Spaces for Antarctica cruise expeditions fill up fast aboard the Ortelius, so book online today to reserve your space.

Choose your departure date adventure cruise | no scuba diving


Included: VAT, Port Fees, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries.

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Diving Package (425-800 EUR per trip), Extra Dives, Nitrox Course, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Laundry / Pressing Services, WiFi internet.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Vegan Options

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.

Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English.

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1989
  • Length 90.95 meters
  • Beam 17.20 meters
  • Cruising speed 10.5 knots
  • Engines 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
  • Max guests 108
  • Number of cabins 53
  • Number of bathrooms 53

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid

Ortelius Reviews

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michelle J
  • United States United States
Absolutely trip of lifetime!!

We were in a zodiak and had a whale swim between four kodiaks. The.whale went under the kodiaks but never touched a boat. Also the whale lay directly beside our boat like he wanted us to touch it.

Recommended for
1. People-they were educated and engaging 2. Activities 3. Scenery
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tracy H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ortelius a great ship..will book this again...

Everything, just the best experience ....

Recommended for
Antarctica, Antarctica, Antarctica
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Edmund B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
An enjoyable time getting to know everyone staff and customers alike

Personally getting to know people, having a whale swim close to us in Orne Harbour, the camping, Danco island and the plunge, all the penguins, having a leopard seal swim up to and play with the zodiac around Foyn bay and finally the amazing sunny views when cruising around the Gerlache strait!

Recommended for
The people both staff and customers, going on land and the activities available