Hondius, Arctic

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The stunning MV Hondius cruise ship offers exciting expeditions in the Polar regions. With advanced hotel standards, cruise the Arctic in comfort in a choice of cabins and suites to suit all budgets. Each cabin has modern decor with en-suite bathrooms, ample storage space and is carpeted throughout. Social areas include the separate library, fully stocked bar and dining area, and one deck has been completely reserved for presentations and multi-language lectures in the large observation lounge. Meal-times are taken seriously, and after a full day of exploring the expanded menu aboard Hondius promise to deliver.

The M/V Hondius is the most technologically advanced polar cruise ship to date, utilizing environmentally friendly technology to minimise the impact on the surrounding environment. Exceeding the latest green requirements, the Hondius cruise ship keeps fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum. The Hondius liveaboard is the perfect choice to take you on a grand tour of the Arctic, which offers iconic scenery of glaciers in eastern Greenland, polar bears on the Svalbard shore and a variety of wildlife all around.

Join the 72 crew aboard the M/V Hondius cruise ship for an adventure of a lifetime. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.


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Included: VAT, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Laundry / Pressing Services.

Required Extras: National Park Fees, Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Kayaks, 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
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Rooms with Balcony
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Welcome Cocktails

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.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2019
  • Length 107.6 meters
  • Beam 17.6 meters
  • Top speed 15 knots
  • Engines 2 x ABC main engines; total 4200 kW
  • Max guests 176
  • Number of cabins 83

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • 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
  • Emergency flares

Hondius Reviews

  • 7.8 Good
  • 2 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    9.0
  2. Crew
    8.0
  3. Food
    8.0
  4. Activities
    7.0
  5. Value
    7.0
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Gabor T
  • Hungary Hungary
Svalbard at its best

Hondius is running its first season which could have been a double-edged sword having huge potential without the experience to fulfill the promise... Well, the ship and crew went beyond our expectations on several fronts. The ship is incredibly silent, no engine noise even in economy cabins, very stable running smoothly in choppy sea conditions. The plan was to circumnavigate the archipelago, but ice conditions blocked 10 % of the perimeter of Svalbard. Instead of saying that we cannot follow the original itinerary and shortening our journey, Hondius took us to the limits of the ice block from the north and also from the south basically doubling the length of the originally planned route. Members of the expedition team pushed themselves very hard to make the journey unforgettable and safe. We encountered polar bears, males, females with cubs, on the ice , on shore and swimming close to the ship. Zodiac cruises and hikes provided sightings of arctic foxes, incredible birdlife, and a colony of walruses among others. The crew on the ship is very efficient in finding and preserving wildlife, the ship is perfect for navigating through the ice to maximize chances for good photography and videos, such a silent ice breaker helped us to enjoy blue and fin whales. Being an expedition ship, the food compared favourably to big cruise ships according to my experience. With one or two exceptions, lectures were enjoyable and informative, most of us felt that we really learned something. Rafael, the expedition leader is probably the most knowledgeable person on arctic matters I had the privilege to meet thus far, and his charisma was helped effectively by other guides to keep the behaviour of multinational passengers in accord with the wildlife around us. One needs to be patient when waiting for the zodiacs fully dressed (140 people takes time to board), but overall we had a highly enjoyable and memorable trip.

Recommended for
arctic animals, smooth running ship, crew effort
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Anonymous
Overall, it was a good trip.

The wildlife - polar bear, walruses, pilot whales, bowhead whale, tens of thousands of harp seals on the pack ice, puffins, etc. Breaking through the pack ice.

Recommended for
Searching and finding a healthy polar bear, itinerary, and the food if it had been served quicker and hotter.